Rise against premiere’s ‘i don’t want to be here anymore’ with strong social message
Chicago based punk rock band, Rise Against, is back with their seventh studio album, The Black Market, the band’s first release since 2011’s Endgame. The album stays true to the bands roots, delivering songs of protest and determination to educate fans on the importance of social change, “As a writer I’ve always felt some responsibility to not just acknowledge the sadness of the human condition but to help people find a way out,” explains lead singer, Tim McIlrath. “That’s where the whole Black Market idea came from – we’re trafficking these emotions, we’re living in them and it can be a dark place, but overall it’s a way for people to get over their hurt.”
The first single off the album, ‘I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore,’ focuses in on lyrics subtly addressing the state of the planet with a slightly more obvious acknowledgement in the chorus, “I don’t wanna be here anymore, I know there’s nothing left worth staying for, your paradise is something I’ve endured.”
It’s not uncommon for bands to release music that represents the desire to create change and the best way to make that message even louder is by pairing the music with visuals.
‘I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore’ is accompanied by a music video focusing in on visuals and stats based on current conditions around the world. Stats include the average number of school shootings in America each year, the rate at which elephants are being slaughtered for ivory, leaving only 11 years before elephants become extinct, and the number of children displaced by conflict worldwide. The visuals will not only give viewers goose bumps but has the power to inspire motivation to create change while raising awareness around the world.
See below for some examples of the visuals featured in the video and watch the full music video for, ‘I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore’ on-demand here!