Rise Against: A Better Tomorrow

Chicago punk band Rise Against have never lacked for targets of their righteous anger and melodic-but-muscular musical attack. Though he writes relationship songs, too, lead screamer Tim McIlrath is better known for taking on U.S. Army recruiters, promoting P.E.T.A. causes, and generally carrying on the fine tradition of articulate, socially aware hardcore begun by bands such as Bad Religion and Minor Threat (albeit with a studio sheen that’s distinctly 21st century).

So the real surprise about “Make It Stop (September’s Children)” isn’t that McIlrath has a negative opinion about anti-gay bullying, but that you don’t hear the sentiment more often in the punk world. The song and its accompanying video are Rise Against’s response to the wave of LGBT teen suicides in September 2010; both are part of the It Gets Better campaign begun by Dan Savage.

Though many decibels louder than the average It Gets Better video, the “Make It Stop” clip shares the campaign’s emphasis on brighter futures despite trying present times -- which, come to think of it, pretty much sums up the best of Rise Against’s work.

The Magnifier team is very pleased to be able to offer Music Beta users the ability to add this track to their library free. Click the Add button and it’s yours forever -- but this button will only be live for the next seven days. Please also visit the It Gets Better project (http://www.itgetsbetter.org/) to learn more about the campaign, and donate to the cause. -- Tim Quirk

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14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot, Magnifier team - now, if only Music Beta was available to everyone, before the offer expired, it would be great...

skst said...

Awesome. Such an important message, too. Thank you! (Fun fact: the video was filmed at my son's high school and in the garage of a friend of his.)

Nathan C. said...

O, a frilly PETA band. Better delete this annoyance immediately from my Music Beta collection

RiseAgainstTay said...

I LOVE RISE AGAINST SOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!! THEY ARE THE GREATEST BAND EVER!!!!! AND TIM<3, ZACH, JOE, AND BRANDON ARE THEY 4 GREATEST MOST TALENTED AMAZINGNEST PEOPLE EEEVVVVEEEEERRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Neat-o burrito Mr. skst.

philba said...

Thanks a lot for that great free song! :]

Francis said...

Great song and video! Such an important message too. I'm living proof that "It Gets Better"!

Jim said...

What a good message, and the music is awesome. Thanks for sharing.

Howie316 said...

Love these guys... Its good music that has a positive message that inspires you to make a difference.

Anonymous said...

Hope the song rises up the charts.

Aspi said...

Will be good if song/message rises up the charts.

Ill said...

Great song!

Anonymous said...

STUPID PETA band! Do not want it

Harold Cabezas said...

Cool song! Interesting video...I'm insprired!

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