The darkest moments in history -- those when fear and hate trump all else -- are the times that define us. As politicians use bigoted rhetoric to gain power at home and abroad, and fringe groups creep from the shadows, it's tempting to succumb to despair and defeatism. But Rise Against is challenging fans to create a bold new identity together: one that is stronger than these setbacks, and bigger than any election. WOLVES, their 8th studio release, is about recognizing the power within all of us; it's a primal call for the prey to become the hunters.
For 18 years, Rise Against has kept its moral compass steady, using their international punk platform to speak out for social justice.
As further evidence of the geographic influence on the record, it's comprised not just of anthems of resistance, but also reconciliation. Living in the South transformed the record in some unexpected ways. “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.
"They say we're divided, we are conquered," McIlrath sings. "But our enemies have never been each other."