This year marks the 10th anniversary of Rise Against’s Revolutions Per Minute and to celebrate, Fat Wreck Chords will re-release the Chicago punk outfit’s breakout second album on May 28th. Dubbed RPM 10, the reissue will include expanded packaging as well as 10 bonus tracks of demos that were recorded during the band’s sessions with Jason Livermore and the Descendents’ Bill Stevenson at their famed Fort Collins, Colorado studio the Blasting Room. Now you can take a listen to an early version of Revolutions Per Minute‘s first single, “Like the Angel,” which singer-guitarist Tim McIlrath notes is pretty true to the original with a few tweaks that super-fans will notice.
“We have always been more than just a political punk band,” McIlrath tells Rolling Stone of the band’s reputation over the years. “While politics play an unapologetic role in what we do, they do not consume our entire artistic output. ‘Like the Angel’ is an early example of the kind of songs that found their ways onto all of our records, and how we’ve always had one foot in politics and one foot in the personal. We loved heavy music but also songs that had a poppy or hooky side to them.”