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Rise Against Discuss Their ‘Forgotten’ Track ‘Elective Amnesia’ – Exclusive Video


On Sept. 10, Rise Against released ‘Long Forgotten Songs: B-Sides & Covers 2000 – 2013,’ a collection of tracks spanning their career that never made it on to one of their six studio albums released over the past 13 years.

In the exclusive clip above, the band share their memories of the creative process behind one of those “forgotten” tunes, ironically titled ‘Elective Amnesia.’ The song first appeared as a bonus track on the iTunes release of Rise Against’s 2008 disc ‘Appeal to Reason.’

In reflecting back on the song, frontman Tim McIlrath considers it “the gold medal of B-Sides,” to which guitarist Zach Blair adds, “It’s a B+ side. It graduated, not quite to the record, but it graduated.”

The band also reminisced about recording the song and the challenges they faced throughout the process and in the studio, making it hard to believe that the track didn’t make the cut after all the blood, sweat and tears put into it.

In addition to lost B-Sides like ‘Elective Amnesia, the compilation ‘Long Forgotten Songs: B-Sides & Covers 2000 – 2013′ also includes a handful of covers, including renditions of the Nirvana song ‘Sliver’ and Journey’s ‘Any Way You Want It.’ If that seems a little too out of the box, they also included their version of Black Flag’s ‘Nervous Breakdown’ and Minor Threat’s ‘Minor Threat.’

‘Long Forgotten Songs: B-Sides & Covers 2000 – 2013′ is now available on iTunes. The band is also offering an array of special bundle packages with lots of extras that fans should definitely check out here.

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