Rise Against released its new rarities compilation, titled Long Forgotten Songs: B-Sides & Covers 2000-2013, on Tuesday (September 10th). The 26-song set ranges from tracks dating all the way back before the Chicago band’s first album to songs recorded during the sessions for its most recent release, 2011’s Endgame. Among the tracks are recent covers of Bruce Springsteen’s “The Ghost Of Tom Joad” and Bob Dylan’s “The Ballad Of Hollis Brown,” both of which happen to be about the struggles of everyday working people. McIlrath told Billboard, “I think that punk music has always kind of had an obligation to speak up for the underdog.”
McIlrath told us a while back that he learned early on to use music for more than just entertainment: “I grew up in a punk rock scene and a hardcore scene where I was taught at an early age that if somebody gives you a microphone, or a stage, or the resources to actually make a record, then to do something with that, not just use it to further your own personal agenda, but create something bigger than yourself, you know. Use what it is that you do to not simply entertain, but also to inform.”
Other tracks on the set include covers of Malvina Reynolds’ “Little Boxes” — used as the theme to the cable series Weeds — and Nirvana’s “Silver.”
The group has also premiered a new live video for the song “Lanterns,” a bonus cut from Endgame. The video was filmed at Metallica’s second annual Orion Music + More festival, which took place in Detroit in June.
Rise Against has been on an extended hiatus since finishing out a two-year tour cycle earlier this year for Endgame. The group is scheduled to begin recording its seventh studio album this fall.