Rise Against, "Help Is On the Way"
Rise Against might represent one of the most unorthodox major-label success stories in recent memory: Since making the leap to Universal Music Group in 2003, the group has thrived by sticking to an ironclad punk ethos and a penchant for political activism. New single "Help Is On the Way" is a hard-charging anthem that focuses on the Gulf Coast's recovery after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and last year's oil spill. The band tries to encompass the unwavering solidarity of New Orleans in the face of tragedy: "I have my mother's dreams/I have my father's eyes/They can't take that from me/Just go ahead and try," Tim McIlrath sings. Thanks to its double-time tempo and caustic breakdown, "Help" is both understated enough to capture radio attention and plenty explosive to please Rise Against's devoted fan base.