After a three year wait since the release of Canadian Platinum album Endgame, the unprecedented modern “protest-punk” group Rise Against have once again piqued our interests with their first full song that will feature on their upcoming July album, The Black Market.
Entitled, I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore, the group released a lyric video early last week, giving us a chance to see what could be new for the straight-edge Chicagoists on this long awaited album, but as their intrepid career approaches what will be it’s 15th year, innovation could prove to be difficult for the group.
Over the past two releases, Appeal To Reason and Endgame, a much more refined and methodical approach was taken in the songwriting and production process, while still trying to stay true to what made Rise Against such a staple of the scene. While this was seen as a far cry from their raw and volatile roots, it did produce some of the groups classics, much to the chagrin of the purists, and it looks like The Black Market is going to provide much of the same.
I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore is stuffed to the brim with the unmistakable Rise Against hallmarks, with fans hailing a potential return to the “Sufferer and the Witness” days. With the much more classically punky vibes shining through the updated clean mix and Tim McIlrath’s irreplaceable throaty charms provide the politically driven infectious choruses on a backdrop of pent up rhythms, it’s hard not to envisage a return.
This, however, seems to be a bit of a problem with the modern Rise Against. As much as their more recent releases do stand alone as genuinely good albums, it becomes very hard to distinguish a unique sound beyond the conclusion: “Yep, that’s definitely Rise Against right there.” This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, in fact a lot of people rather love that they’ve never changed, but the risk of becoming stale is becoming a bit real, as this single could quite easily slot into Appeal To Reason or Endgame without so much as a turned head.
Despite this, The Black Market’s early days are pointing towards another solid album from the outfit but I wouldn’t expect anything particularly spectacular. It’ll be loved by fans, reassure critics and put another profound tick next to their roster.