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Telltale Have Covered Rise Against’s “Help Is On The Way”

Telltale have revealed that they are a part of a project being put together by their label, Rude Records. That project is Changing Tides, put together by Rude’s Charity division Rude Cares. A statement set to raise money and awareness for how we can deliver a more sustainable environment. The project is coming in the form of a compilation featuring Rude Records artists covering tracks by bands they love that aim to help make the world a better place.

And Telltale have chosen to take on “Help Is On The Way” by the legendary Rise Against. Originally it appeared on the band’s 2011 album Endgame. It was written about the slow response time that made its way to New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Its message is still as powerful today as it was when it was first released.

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What Telltale do with their version is force the hard-hitting intent through their pop-punk lens. It adds an extra layer of emotion and feeling to proceedings whilst never losing any of the original’s stunning flair. The result is a song that is as vital for today as it will be for every day we have ahead of us.

Telltale bassist Tim Fogg had this to say about it:

“We’re proud to present our cover of “Help Is On The Way” by Rise Against in partnership with Rude Records for their Changing Tides compilation. We chose this song because it’s a call to action in response to the effects of climate change. Hurricane Katrina was such a major event in US history. It brought the effects of global warming to the forefront of the national media.

“I spent a week helping clean up the beaches and community of Biloxi, Mississippi in 2006. So, this song really speaks to me. We’re thrilled to be partnering with Sea Shepherd on this release. All streaming profits benefit their efforts to conserve the world’s ocean and marine wildlife. We encourage you to check out their mission statement over at seashepherd.org.”

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Rude Records’ General Manager and A&R Federico Croci had this to add about the Changing Tides project as a whole:

“Changing Tides has the purpose of raising awareness on our planet’s safeguarding and as a Company and a B-Corp we’re particularly attentive and concerned about such important topics. With the launch of Changing Tides, Rude Cares will focus on increasing awareness and help protecting our environment through the voices of our artists.”  

More artists from the project are still to be revealed, but this is the third offering so far. There is Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” as interpreted by Izzy Mahoubi and Sydney Sprague:

And “1979” by The Smashing Pumpkins, taken on by Have Mercy. Both are stunning examples of pure and respectful songwriting:

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