One of the most influential and powerful forces in rock music are back. Chicago 4 piece RISE AGAINST will release their hugely anticipated, brand new studio album Wolves on June 9th through Virgin Records. Today (April 20th), the band have also unveiled the first single taken from Wolves, “The Violence”.
Fans who pre-order the digital album will instantly receive “The Violence.” The physical pre-order will launch on Monday, April 24. See below for the full track listing.
RISE AGAINST chose to record Wolves (their 8th studio album) with Grammy award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Alice in Chains, Deftones). Recording with Raskulinecz meant moving to Nashville, TN – far from the band’s familiar worlds of Chicago and Los Angeles, and a state where the band has also rarely even played. The setting had a clear impact on the album.
“Living in Nashville drove home that we can’t just focus on our differences,” Tim McIlrath (vocals, guitar) says. “If we can stop and talk to each other, face to face, we might realize our common ground. We are all wolves in the same pack, circling at the gates.”
Throughout their career, RISE AGAINST have kept their moral compass steady, using their international punk platform to speak out for social justice. With Wolves, the band challenges fans to join them in creating a bold new identity together. This album is about recognizing the power within; it’s a primal call for the prey to become the hunters.
“In many ways, a RISE AGAINST show is a safe space for our fans,” lead singer Tim McIlrath says. “But I realized that I don’t only want to create safe spaces, I want to create dangerous spaces where misogyny can’t exist, where xenophobia can’t exist. I want to create spaces where those sentiments don’t have any air, and they suffocate: where those ideas die. ‘Wolves’ isn’t about creating a safe space, it’s about creating a space that’s dangerous for injustice.”
Wolves is the follow up to 2014’s The Black Market, which hit No. 1 on the Alternative, Top Rock and Hard Rock albums charts in the U.S. and topped album charts in Argentina, Brazil, Canada and Germany. Alternative Press said, “Whatever meaning you take from them [the songs]…one thing remains solid—the sheer heart with which they were forged and the very visceral emotion they contain” and Kerrang praised the album as “a magnificent wake-up call.”
Live wise, RISE AGAINST will join Deftones on an extensive US co-headline tour, which will kick off on June 9th and feature special guests Thrice. UK and European tour information to come very soon.