Rise Against has announced that it will release Wolves on June 9th via Virgin Records. The band has unveiled the first single, “The Violence” which can be heard below. Los Angeles-based alternative radio station KROQ gave the song its U.S. broadcast premiere Thursday morning (April 20th).
The album will be released on CD and cassette besides its digital counterparts. Fans who pre-order the digital copy will receive an instant download of “The Violence.”
Rise Against is partnering with Vans to give fans a preview of Wolves with performances at House of Vans Chicago (April 21st) and House of Vans Brooklyn (April 24th). The Rise Against performances at House of Vans Chicago and Brooklyn are free to the public and tickets can be claimed via ballot system at houseofvans.com. The band will also play the Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA on April 26th.
This summer, Rise Against will join Deftones on an extensive co-headline tour, which will kick off on June 9th and feature special guest Thrice. Tickets go on sale April 21st for Rise Against’s July 13th headline show at the historic Shrine Exposition Hall in Los Angeles. See below for itinerary.
Throughout its career, Rise Against has kept its moral compass steady, using its 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. The 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.”
Rise Against chose to record its eighth studio album, Wolves, with GRAMMY-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 Rise Against has rarely played. The setting had a clear impact on the album.
“Living in Nashville drove home that we can’t just focus on our differences,” McIlrath 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.”
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.” Rise Against is Tim McIlrath (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Zach Blair (lead guitar), Joe Principe (bass) and Brandon Barnes (drums).
2. House On Fire
3. The Violence
4. Welcome To The Breakdown
5. Far From Perfect
7. Politics of Love
8. Parts Per Million
9. Mourning in Amerika
10. How Many Walls
4/21 – Chicago, IL – House of Vans (Headline Show)
4/24 – Brooklyn, NY – House of Vans (Headline Show)
4/26 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour (Headline Show)
6/9 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
6/10 – Sterling Heights, MI @ Michigan Lottery Theater at Freedom Hill
6/11 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
6/13 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
6/16 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
6/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
6/18 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater
6/20 – Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
6/22 – Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
6/23 – Miami, FL @ Bayfront Park Amphitheater
6/24 – Jacksonville, FL @ Daily’s Place Amphitheater
6/26 – The Woodlands, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
6/27 – Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavilion
6/28 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
6/30 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
7/1 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheater
7/3 – Seattle, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
7/6 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
7/7 – Chula Vista, CA @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
7/8 – Las Vegas, NV @ Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
7/9 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
7/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Exposition Hall (Headline Show)
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