Rise Against has announced plans to take a break, following a two-year touring marathon that has left the band in need of some hometown rejuvenation.
Vocalist Tim McIlrath told Rolling Stone that the cerebral rockers are taking their time in planning the future after touring so hard behind 2011's Endgame album.
"We're kind of focusing on recharging our batteries right now," He explained. "We realize we need to invest time into our music and our songs, as well as invest time into ourselves, our lives, so I think for the next few months that's what we'll be doing — getting away from it so we get a better perspective on what we want to do and what we want to accomplish when we sit down to write the next record."
There doesn't appear to be any sensationalistic conflict or drama to the break, but merely a hard-earned respite after a job well done. The Endgame album and ensuing tour were great experiences for the band. "I feel really good about it," McIlrath assured readers. "The record did really well, the shows did well, we had some great tours, we toured with some great friends of ours and we all feel very proud of what we did these couple of years."
McIlrath reassured fans that the Rise Against vision has not changed from its early years:
"The bands that I grew up listening to and watching, they would always take the stage with more in mind that just selling records and selling T-shirts. What we do today is just an extension of that. It's really just giving back to the scene that gave so much to us, you know, and trying to carry on that torch to the next generation of punk rock so they can see and understand what this music is, and what our responsibilities and our obligations are."
McIlrath said that the band might lean towards less aggressive material on their next album, an idea inspired by its 2012 cover of Bob Dylan's "The Ballad Of Hollis Brown."