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Chicago punk rockers Rise Against have revealed the music video for their song “Help Is On The Way”.  The single is from their just-released album, Endgame.  The clip centers around a family during Hurricane Katrina and their struggles during the disaster.

Rise Against are known for their political activism, so the theme of the video shouldn’t come as a surprise.

“We finished our new video for the song ‘Help Is On The Way’ and are excited to share it with you,” the band said in a statement.  “Directed by the esteemed Alan Ferguson, our film crew went to New Orleans and filmed what became a dramatic and compelling narrative of Hurricane Katrina through the eyes of a family.”

Rise Against added:

“As a band, we opted out of being a part of the piece for fear our role might diminish the importance of this video and skew it’s reception. What follows is another video we are proud to put our name on.”

I have to give the group props.  This compelling video will keep one of the worst American disasters in the minds of many, and to remind people that New Orleans is still recovering from the damage that Hurricane Katrina caused.  It’s also nice to see that Rise Against felt they weren’t needed to be featured in the video.  I think it would have reduced the impact of the story if it cut to the band playing the song.  You can view the clip below.

In related news, Endgame debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts last week, moving 85,000 copies.  This marks the highest sales week ever for Rise Against.

What do you think of the new video?  A little too political for you or the right message to send?  Sound off below.  If the video doesn’t play, you can watch it here.

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