Rise Against says the filming permit for its new single "The Violence" was pulled because it was deemed "anti-government."
The Chicago rock band posted a message to its Facebook page, explaining the concept behind the song and video and how they got rejected.
"The song talks about whether violence is an inevitability of the human condition, or whether it's a choice we make, and therefore, can reject. The video would attempt to distill this concept," the band wrote. "Our director approached us with the idea of filming in a field full of the Presidential busts (basically the giant concrete heads of Roosevelt, Lincoln, Washington, etc). Our permit to shoot the video was initially granted, but subsequently pulled by the board of directors who oversee the location. The reason? They decided we were 'anti-government.'"