As a part of their new EP Nowhere Sessions, Chicago punk rockers Rise Against have covered the Creedance Clearwater Revival classic, “Fortunate Son.” Released in time for Veterans Day, the track has a special meaning for the band. Said lead singer Tim McIlrath: “We actually used to cover ‘Fortunate Son’ in our early basement days. To me, the song represents one of the best examples of mixing music and politics together so seamlessly that nobody questions it.”
It’s a straightforward cover, with the band transforming the swamp-rock track into a more punk rock sound. For those more accustomed to John Fogerty’s full, gravelly vocal, McIlrath’s vocal can feel a little weaker in places. Overall however, this is a solid cover of a Vietnam War era classic. Check out the track below.