By Jay Tilles
The members of Rise Against have never been afraid to use a music video to make a political statement. And continuing that trend, “I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore,” the Chicago punk band’s brand new music video, finds them taking a stand against violence in their home town and around the globe.
Documentary film director Nico Sabenorio uses powerful images of children and families affected by Chicago gun crime, as well as foreign conflicts and civil wars, and intertwines these with new performance footage putting the band’s true colors on display. In the video, the band makes it clear they are not going to stand back and continue to watch their world unravel.
According to a series of facts displayed throughout the video, America average one school shooting every five weeks, and the world has been at peace for only 8 percent of recorded history.
“I Don’t Want to Be Here Anymore” is the lead single off Rise Against’s new album The Black Market, out now.
Speaking about the album, frontman Tim McIlrath told CBS Radio station KROQ that the record covered new ground.
“Let’s create something. Let’s go into this and prove that we still have what it takes to challenge ourselves, challenge our listeners,” said McIlrath. “Let’s take our fans and our community down this road with us. Let’s build something, but do it in a way that’s not just rehashing anything old.”
Rise Against will embark on a string of U.S. dates later this year, beginning with Made In America Festival on Aug. 30. A European tour will follow.