Rise Against have teamed up with It Gets Better, the organization dedicated to helping LGBT youths, to release a video for Make It Stop (September’s Children), which comes off their latest album, Endgame (review here). Check it out after the jump.
Rise Against singer Tim McIlrath: “A number of events were the catalyst for the creation of Make It Stop, everything from the suicides in September 2010, to our own fans voicing their fears and insecurities from time to time,” says McIlrath. “I decided to create the song as a response, and when I discovered the It Gets Better campaign and [It Gets Better Project co-founder] Dan Savage’s commitment to such an important and concise message, I was moved. I immediately felt that if our song is the road, then the It Gets Better campaign is the destination. I hope the synergy between the two can reach people and make a difference.”
“Tim McIlrath has written a powerful song,” It Gets Better Project co-founder Dan Savage said. “With the release of ‘Make It Stop’ and the accompanying video, Rise Against is sending the message to its fan base that the bullying and harassment of LGBT teens needs to stop and that suicide isn’t a solution.”
Award-winning director Marc Klasfeld directed the “Make It Stop” music video in Chicago at Tim McIlrath’s high school alma mater. “I’ve been a fan of Rise Against for a while and it was amazing to work with them on this special video,” Klasfeld said. “As soon as I heard the song, I knew a powerful video could be made that could potentially help people and I jumped at the chance to be a part of it.”
Rise Against are set to release their latest album, ‘Endgame’, next week on the 15th (pre-order your copy here). To celebrate said event, the band will be streaming their London show on their official website, where viewers can choose from three different camera angles to watch the show from. Just tune in around 9:10pm UK time, which would be 1:10pm PST and 4:10pm EST US time.
Bloody-Disgusting is excited to bring you an exclusive interview with the up and rising Natalia Kills. She spoke to us about her debut album ‘The Perfectionist’, the videos she is directing and what it is like to be a musician in Hollywood versus London. Check after the jump to see her answers and also to see her video for her song ‘Zombie’.