Rise Against Release Surprise New EP Along With New Music Video

Celebrating the one year anniversary of their chart-topping, critically acclaimed ninth album Nowhere Generation, Rise Against today returns with the surprise release of a new EP, Nowhere Generation II, via Loma Vista Recordings.

The five song collection—written and recorded alongside Nowhere Generation and featuring production by Bill Stevenson (The Descendents, Black Flag)—is out digitally worldwide now alongside the premiere of a new, Ryan Valdez-directed video for its propulsive lead single “Last Man Standing.”

“‘Last Man Standing’ was a way of expressing some frustration with our world in regards to exploitation, public alienation and human inequality,” explains Valdez. “As you see in the video, we are fed through this race of survival. Only to be taken down, regardless of our success or efforts. Almost as if the game was rigged, designed to set us up for failure.”

The triumphantly rousing song picks up the lyrical baton of Nowhere Generation’s “Talking To Ourselves” with a full-throated reminder of what could happen if those in power continue to ignore the voice of the people. “I think of Rise Against as dystopian art,” says McIlrath. “Like any good dystopian art endeavor, you’re singing about the world and what it might be like if we keep going down the road we’re going down. It’s the inevitable conclusion of what would happen if we keep making the same decisions. That’s what dystopian art is designed to do, to make you realize that and inspire you to make some changes. ‘Last Man Standing’ is looking down that road and trying to paint a picture of what it looks like.” Frontman Tim McIlrath delivers each line with impassioned fury, all carried on the back of big riffs, thunderous drums, and hook-laden guitar leads from guitarist Zach Blair, bassist Joe Principe, and drummer Brandon Barnes.

The physical editions of II, due out on cassette on July 15th and on vinyl on October 28th (featuring a red cover art variant), will be available for pre-order on June 10th; stream the EP at all DSPs now here.

Rise Against are currently touring across Europe and will head back out on the road this summer in North America for a headline run that includes shows at The Forum in Los Angeles (7/19) and The Rooftop at Pier 17 in NYC (8/09), with support from The Used and Senses Fail. See below for a current itinerary; tickets are on sale now.

Nowhere Generation II Tracklist:

  1. The Answer
  2. Last Man Standing
  3. This Time It’s Personal
  4. Pain Mgmt
  5. Holding Patterns

Rise Against tour dates:

06/10 – Interlaken, Switzerland – Greenfield Festival
06/12 – Donington, UK – Download Festival
06/14 – Budapest, Hungary – Budapest Park Open Air
06/15 – Warsaw, Poland – Torwar
06/17 – Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany – Southside Festival
06/19 – Scheessel, Germany – Hurricane Festival
06/23 – Clisson, France – Hellfest
06/24 – Antwerpen, Belgium – OLT Rivierenhof (sold out)
06/25 – Ysselsteyn, Netherlands – Jera On Air Festival
06/27 – Milano, Italy – Circolo Magnolia
06/29 – Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz
07/01 – Viveiro, Spain – Resurrection Fest
07/02 – Lisbon, Portugal – VOA Heavy Rock Festival
07/15 – Las Vegas, NV – Zappos Theater #
07/16 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl %
07/17 – San Diego, CA – Petco Park %
07/19 – Inglewood, CA – The Forum %
07/20 – Reno, NV – Grand Theatre @ Grand Sierra Resort %
07/22 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory #
07/23 – Vancouver, BC – PNE Forum %
07/24 – Bend, OR – Hayden Homes Amphitheater %
07/26 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex Outdoor %
07/27 – Denver, CO – Levitt Pavilion %
07/29 – Albuquerque, NM – Villa Hispana Pavilion at Expo NM %
07/30 – Oklahoma, OK – The Criterion %
08/01 – Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory %
08/02 – San Antonio, TX – Tech Port Center + Arena %
08/04 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle %
08/05 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues Myrtle Beach #
08/06 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater %
08/08 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa #
08/09 – New York, NY – Rooftop @ Pier 17 %
08/10 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
08/12 – Boston, MA – Roadrunner %
08/13 – Victoriaville, Canada – Rock La Cauze
08/14 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage %
08/17 – Cleveland, OH – Jacob’s Pavilion @ Nautica %
08/18 – Detroit, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre @ Freedom Hill %
08/26 – Palmer, AK – Alaska State Fair
% w/ The Used and Senses Fail
# w/ Senses Fail