Rise Against is currently within a very strong 15-year run as a band. As we have seen with bands with a long tenure, they either try to recreate previous albums or try something different. Endgame was a concept album that took on subjects such as Hurricane Katrina and teen suicide. The band has always been looked at as a political band and I found it interesting that with their upcoming album, The Black Market, singer Tim McIlrath hinted at a more introspective approach in interviews. The lead single “I Don’t Want to Be Here Anymore” still delivers the fist-raising riffs that we know and love about Rise Against, but it has a personal touch as far as the lyricism.
One of the first things that stood out to me was the catchy but liberating aspect of the chorus. “I don’t wanna be here anymore./I know there’s nothing else left staying for/but something has to die to be reborn./I don’t want to be here anymore.” The song can be interpreted in a political sense, but I get the feeling of an unfulfilled relationship that the person in question is trying to break away from. It acts as a liberating war cry of the “oppressed” breaking free. I’m sure the crowds at Riot Fest and Made in America LA will be chanting along in unison.
The song has a very familiar feeling when put up against Rise Against’s previous catalogue, right down from the drumming to the song structure. I know that some fans are going to champion that this song sounds too mainstream, but I feel that it sets the tone for the band – not only to build on their previous sound, but to explore lyrical themes that will resonate with fans due to its inner dialogue instead of previous outward critiques of our world with previous albums. “I Don’t Want to Be Here Anymore” is a strong warm-up that peaks my interest for the release of The Black Market on July 15th.