This Friday is going to be a day the multi-Gold and Platinum punk rock band RISE AGAINST will never forget. Rise Against will see Nowhere Generation, its ninth studio album, and first for Loma Vista Recordings, released. In recognition of the album’s release, and Rise Against’s decades-long social justice and political activism that has long informed their music, Mayor Lori Lightfoot has proclaimed June 4 “Rise Against Day in Chicago,” the city where the band originally formed in 1999, and where two of the band members still call home.
Today, Rise Against introduces “Talking to Ourselves,” a brand new song from Nowhere Generation. With its surprising pop candor, “Talking To Ourselves” is a stand-out song about wanting to be heard and wondering if anyone is listening. You can stream the song HERE; the track’s live music video can be seen above.
Over the years, many journalists have identified Rise Against as “controversial” or “radical,” their music being “bold” and “brave.” But the band’s lyricist, Tim McIlrath begs to differ, and “Talking to Ourselves” is a prime example of that point of view. “I’ve never thought of our songs as ‘brave’ or ‘bold,’ said McIlrath, “I think of them as just common sense. When you feel that no one is listening to you, you tend to talk louder, and when you feel no one notices you, you start doing things to get their attention. That’s what this song is about.”
Meanwhile, Rise Against have announced a short run of stripped-back intimate in-store events for November 2021. Rise Against will appear at the following:
Mon 15th November: Key Club, Leeds w/ Crash Records
Tues 16th November: Chalk, Brighton w/ Resident Records
Weds 17th November: Pryzm, Kingston w/ Banquet Records
Tickets + album bundles are on sale now, HERE.
Additionally, Rough Trade will host a special interactive Q&A and acoustic performance by Tim McIlrath on Wednesday June 9th @ 7pm BST. The event is for UK residents only and will be hosted via Zoom. Tickets plus further information can be found HERE.