Rise Against are set to release their new single “Help Is On The Way” on January 25th. The song is the first to be released from their upcoming sixth studio album, Endgame, which is due out March 15, 2011 via DGC/Interscope. “Help Is On The Way” will also be featured in the upcoming EA SPORTS video game Need For Speed Shift 2: Unleashed. The song is available at digital retailers, including iTunes. Purchase “Help Is On The Way” HERE at iTunes.
The single, which just debuted on the modern rock charts at #18, explores the devastation that fell upon New Orleans after Katrina and last year’s tragic BP oil disaster. Lead-singer Tim McIlrath was inspired to write the song after spending time in the city while the band was on break from touring.
McIlrath recently revealed his thoughts and inspiration to SPIN.com. “I was down in those wetlands…talking about how important they were and the damage that was being inflicted on them,” says McIlrath. “And this was right before the oil spill! I could almost visualize a tear coming out of that guy’s eye, like, ‘Are you kidding me? Kicking us while we’re down?'”
Two of the band’s previous albums, 2004’s Siren Song of the Counter Culture and 2006’s The Sufferer & The Witness, have both been RIAA-certified gold. The band released their fifth studio album, Appeal To Reason, on DGC/Interscope Records in the fall of 2008 and it debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart (their highest debut) as well as spending one week at #1 on the iTunes album chart. The album is nearly certified gold, and its first single, “Re-Education (Through Labor),” was a top 2 hit at modern rock radio. Its follow-up, “Audience Of One” reached the #4 spot on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. The album’s third single, “Savior,” was also its most successful, selling gold and breaking records for the longest running song at Alternative radio.