DEVORE, California — Soliciting treatments from video directors is often frustrating for Rise Against.
"Some people just don't get it," frontman Tim McIlrath said backstage at KROQ's Inland Invasion (see "Guns N' Roses Take On Aguilera, Chester Bennington Joins Alice In Chains At Inland Invasion"). "Some people have no idea what kind of band you are."
"Spielberg came back to us with something about a Wookiee," bassist Joe Principe deadpanned. "That's never going to work, Steven."
"Yeah, who is that guy?" McIlrath added. "As long as there are strippers and champagne and a cruise ship and my crib."
While Rise Against might put to rest the notion that politically minded bands don't have a sense of humor, it's unlikely the video for their next single, "Prayer of the Refugee," will have comical elements.
"The lyrics definitely follow the path of a story," McIlrath said of the song. "It's along the lines of people who live with refugee status, whether that refugee status is [from] living in Sudan and [being] displaced or if you feel like you've been displaced in your own home. Or whether kids from the suburbs feel displaced, like they don't belong there. It's a common theme for a lot of people."
Rise Against often bring their own video ideas to a director, but they decided on the soliciting route for "Prayer of the Refugee."
"It's kind of fun both ways," McIlrath said. "If we have a really strong idea we'll go with that, or sometimes it's like, 'I want to see what somebody else will do.' "
"And they're all quite different from each other," Principe said.
Rise Against are reviewing treatments and plan to shoot the video before their co-headlining tour with Thursday kicks off October 23 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
With The Sufferer & the Witness and first single "Ready to Fall" doing well (see "Rise Against Wish Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco Would Educate Crowds"), the band has noticed its shows getting bigger and bigger.
"There are some shows you play where so many kids come out, it's overwhelming," McIlrath said. "Sometimes you get booked in this giant venue, and you're like, 'What are we doing here? This is going to bomb.' And when it doesn't bomb, you're like, 'Whoa, what happened?' Or some of the Warped dates over the summer, when we'd go onstage and people just bum-rushed the stage. There are definitely times when it's really overwhelming."