Rise Against

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Rise Against

Lead singer Tim McIlrath performing as a part of Rise Against at 2006's Warped Tour
Background information
Origin Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres Melodic hardcore, punk rock, hardcore punk
Years active 1999–present
Labels Fat Wreck Chords, Geffen, Interscope
Associated acts 88 Fingers Louie, Arma Angelus, Baxter, The Honor System, The Killing Tree
Website www.riseagainst.com
Members
Tim McIlrath
Joe Principe
Brandon Barnes
Zach Blair
Past members
Toni Tintari
Mr. Precision
Todd Mohney
Chris Chasse

Rise Against is an American punk rock band from Chicago, Illinois. Rise Against formed in 1999. Their current members are Tim McIlrath (vocals, guitar), Joe Principe (bass guitar), Brandon Barnes (drums), and Zach Blair (guitar). All of the members are straight edge (except Barnes), and the band supports PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).[1] They are also vegans.[2] The band is currently signed to Geffen. Geffen is a record label owned by Universal Music Group. As of 2009, Rise Against has had six studio albums, two EPs, and one DVD.

Rise Against spent its first five years signed to the record label "Fat Wreck Chords," on which it released two studio albums. The band got reviewer popularity with its first two releases on Geffen, Siren Song of the Counter Culture (2004) and The Sufferer & the Witness (2006). These two albums made many high-charting singles, like "Swing Life Away", "Prayer of the Refugee", and "The Good Left Undone". Their newest studio album, Appeal to Reason (2008), was released in North America on October 7. It got to number three on the U.S Billboard 200 and made the three singles, "Re-Education (Through Labor)", "Audience of One", and "Savior".

History[change | edit source]

Early years (1999–2003)[change | edit source]

Rise Against was first made with the name "Transistor Revolt"[3] in 1999 by former members of the bands 88 Fingers Louie and Baxter.[4] The first group was Tim McIlrath (vocals), Joe Principe (bass and vocals), Toni Tintari (drums), and Mr. Precision (guitar and vocals). The band never performed live with this group. Instead, it released a self-made demo or EP. It was called Transistor Revolt. They made it in the year 2000, a year before signing with Fat Wreck Chords. Tintari left shortly after making Transistor Revolt, and was replaced by Brandon Barnes. Barnes was first from Screeching Weasel and Squirtgun's drummer. The band changed its name to Rise Against in 2001 and made its first album, The Unraveling (made by veteran punk maker Mass Giorgini) on Fat Wreck Chords that same year.[5] Mr. Precision then left the band in 2001. He was replaced by Todd Mohney. Mohney joined before the band began writing their second full-length album, Revolutions per Minute.[3]

After touring in support of The Unraveling, the band came back to the studio in December 2002 to work on their second full-length album. The album would be called Revolutions per Minute (made by Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore at The Blasting Room).[4][5] It was released in 2003. The band toured a lot in support of its first two albums. They also performed in helping roles for "Sick of It All," "NOFX," "Agnostic Front," "No Use for a Name,"[6] "AFI," and "Strung Out." Rise Against also helped out in the 2003 "Warped Tour."[7]

Siren Song of the Counter Culture (2004–2005)[change | edit source]

Rise Against signed onto DreamWorks Records in December 2003 and made their third album, Siren Song of the Counter Culture in 2004.[5] DreamWorks was soon absorbed by the Universal Music Group, and Rise Against found itself with Geffen Records instead. Shortly after the band signed with Geffen, Mohney left and was replaced by guitarist Chris Chasse. Rise Against released Siren Song of the Counter Culture in August 2004. The album was their first to be the band's album on a famous record label, and was their first to reach the Billboard 200 chart.[4] It also was awarded gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album got mostly good reviews from reviewers. In giving the album three out of five stars, Johnny Loftus from Allmusic said that Siren Song of the Counter Culture sometimes "gets carried away with its own music urgency." However, he goes on to say that because of the album being the band's first famous-label release, "maybe the fuller sound and sometimes forays into acoustic guitars and cello overdubs...are OK."[8]

Rise Against toured North America, Europe, Australia, and Japan in support of Siren Song of the Counter Culture.[9] Some of the best performances are those on the first worldwide "Taste of Chaos" tour in 2005 (with Funeral for a Friend, Story of the Year, The Used, and Killswitch Engage),[5][10] a worldwide tour to the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, and Japan, the Give It a Name tour in the United Kingdom, the Reading Festival and Leeds Festival in the United Kingdom a United States tour with Alkaline Trio, and the Warped Tour in North America.

The Sufferer & the Witness (2006–2007)[change | edit source]

In January 2006, after touring in support of Siren Song of the Counter Culture, Rise Against started to work on their fourth studio album at the Blasting Room studio in Fort Collins, Colorado. With makers Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore.[11][12] The Sufferer & the Witness was released on July 4, 2006.[13] The album got to number 10 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 48,397 copies in its first week of release.[14] It was then awarded gold by the RIAA in 2008. The Age newspaper said that with The Sufferer & the Witness, the band "returns to their punk roots."[15] Plus, the album got mostly good reviews by reviewers. Corey Apar of Allmusic, in giving the album four out of five stars, said of it, "the band's inner grit is aptly drawn out amid all the pit-ready choruses and fist-in-the-air, stirring lyrics." She goes on to say, "Rise Against continue to muscularly confront political and personal grievances to the tune of swirling guitars, assertive rhythms, and Tim McIlrath's sandpapered vocals."[16] Then Christine Leonard of Fast Forward Weekly says of the band, "Returning to their old school form with the ballistic intensity of "Bricks," they just as quickly lose focus with questionable efforts such as 'Worth Dying For' and the oh-so-weary 'Prayer of the Refugee'."[17]

A DVD called Generation Lost was released on December 5, 2006 to help the band and their new album. It is a movie of the careers of the band members, as well as live performance videos and making-of shorts.[18] Rise Against toured in support of The Sufferer & the Witness through the second half of 2006 and all of 2007. The band was a big band in the 2006 Warped Tour.[19] In late 2006, the band said that they would tour with Thursday. The bands Circa Survive and Billy Talent would also come too.[20] In early 2007, the band had My Chemical Romance open for them on the first half of their big tour.[21] On February 23, 2007, Rise Against said guitarist Chris Chasse, would leave.[22] Chasse was then replaced by longtime friend Zach Blair from Only Crime.[23] On June 15, 2007, the band started their first big tour in support of The Sufferer & the Witness. It was a North American tour that lasted throughout the summer months.[24] During this tour, on July 3, 2007, Rise Against recorded an EP in Canada titled This Is Noise, which was then released in the United States on January 15, 2008.

Appeal to Reason (2008-present)[change | edit source]

Rise Against performing at San Juan Hill, New York in support of their newly released album, Appeal to Reason.

Before the album was released, Rise Against supported it by performing at the sixteenth yearly KROQ Weenie Roast on May 17 in Irvine, California. They also performed at the sixth yearly Download Festival on June 13 at Donington Park, England. They played at Switzerland's Greenfield Festival as well as Germany's Hurricane Festival and Southside Festival.[25][26] Like many past years, the band participated in the Vans Warped Tour, although they only performed on the tour's west coast swing from August 6 to August 17.[27]

Rise Against's fifth studio album Appeal to Reason was released on October 4 in Australia. It was then released October 6 across Europe. Then October 7 in the United States. The album sold 64,700 copies in its first week. It also got to number three on the U.S. Billboard 200.[28] This made it Rise Against's highest scoring album. Appeal to Reason also got mostly good reviews. However, reviewers did not rate it as good as The Sufferer & the Witness. Most people thought this because Rise Against is moving toward slower music and away from faster hardcore punk. Giving the album a C+ review, Marc Weingarten of Entertainment Weekly says the album is filled with "protest anthems that lean closer to the burnished angst of such bands as New Found Glory and Fall Out Boy than the genuine outrage of brainy Green Day" and songs that are "peppy but pretty empty, power-chord downers with little bark or bite."[29] Kyle Anderson from Rolling Stone says that the songs on Appeal to Reason "are driven by an ever-sharpening pop sensibility." He finishes by saying, "Rise Against may be nervous about leaving the underground behind, but with sharp songs like these, they're ready for the rest of the world."[30]

Rise Against then went on a North American tour with other bands such as Rancid, Billy Talent, Killswitch Engage, and Riverboat Gamblers in June and July 2009.[31] They also did a short tour in the United Kingdom in November. The bands Thursday and Poison the Well helped Rise Against do that tour.[32] The band also played at KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas in December 2009, playing right before AFI. The band will release a record with Face to Face, but no date has been said.[33] After finishing a Europen tour from October to November 2009 and an Australian tour in January and February 2010, Rise Against will start working on a new album.[34]

Music style and inspiration[change | edit source]

Rise Against's musical style throughout the band's history has been thought by most reviewers as hardcore punk,[35][36][37] melodic hardcore,[38][39] or punk rock.[40][41] The band has cited many punk and hardcore bands as inspiration to its music. In 2004, drummer Brandon Barnes said: "I think we have a lot of different influences from hardcore like old Cave In, to a lot of punk like Face to Face, Screeching Weasel, and Down By Law."[42]

In 2006, Tim McIlrath described the band's style: "We’re emulating Minor Threat and Black Flag. Who knows, maybe if Ian MacKaye was wearing eyeliner then I would be."[43] Other bands that have inspired Rise Against are Descendents,[43] Dead Kennedys,[43] Refused,[42] and Bad Religion.[42]

Albums[change | edit source]

  • The Unraveling (2001)
  • Revolutions per Minute (2003)
  • Siren Song of the Counter Culture (2004)
  • The Sufferer & the Witness (2006)
  • Appeal to Reason (2008)

Awards given[change | edit source]

Year Single Award Result
2009 "Re-Education (Through Labor)" MuchMusic Video Award Nominated

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