Due for a March 15th release, Rise Against’s End Game is expected to be nothing short of amazing. The band’s elder statesman, Tim McIlrath, stopped by to spend some time with Stryker. Tim surprised everyone in the studio when he reached into his pocket and revealed a CD with some barely legible chicken scratching: “Help Is On The Way.”
This my friends, is the first single from Endgame.
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Chicago punk group, Rise Against, is infamous for their political and socially conscientious motifs in their music. When they released their 2008 album, Appeal to Reason, the band positively rocked the world with civic fury.
Endgame is primed to take this political passion to the next level. For example, “Help Is On The Way” was inspired by McIlrath’s time in New Orleans while on a tour break and the massive amounts of destruction he witnessed in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast after both Hurricane Katrine and the BP oil disaster tragedies.
Stryker got to talk to McIlrath in the studio and he talked about how fortunate he’s been to be surrounded by such good people, “No one’s ever come in to say change this or change that…We just have good people that dig rock music. We’re a band that’s working at a very comfortable place.”
McIlrath then went on to say that Rise Against models themselves after quintessential Southern California punk bands:
“We model ourselves after bands like Social D or Bad Religion. Pennywise.”
We also learned that Rise Against is touring South America in February and going to Australia. After that, start saving your pennies–Rise Against will be back for a US tour in late March-early April!
“Help Is On The Way”