Earlier this year, Rise Against put out their excellent sixth album Endgame, which further solidified the Chicago quartet as the premiere agit-punk combo in the land.
They just released the second single from the album, “Make It Stop (September’s Children)”—a track written as a reaction to the rash of teen suicides in the face of homophobic bullying last year, including Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi and Indiana high school student Billy Lucas.
To address the grander theme of bullying, Rise Against reached out to Dan Savage, noted sex columnist and founder of the It Gets Better Project, which has become a crucial program to help bullied teens of all stripes cope with their abuse and remind them that life is worth living.
The result is a powerful clip that tackles these issues in a real and inspirational way. Watch it after the jump.
The clip was directed by Marc Klasfeld (Foo Fighters' "Times Like These," Katy Perry's just-unveiled "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)") and shot at Rise Against frontman Tom McIlrath's high school alma mater.
"Tim McIlrath has written a powerful song," 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."
Rise Against join a large roster of musicians who have created videos for It Gets Better, including Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Ke$ha, Keri Hilson and Nicki Minaj.
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