Rise Against is a band I’ve been following since their album Revolutions Per Minute. Originally called Transistor Revolt, Rise Against has been staying strong in the Rock/Punk music genre. In the year 2008, Rise Against won the “Top In Rock” in the music magazine “Rock On Request.”
The vocalist(Tim McIlrath), drummer(Brandon Barnes) and bass player(Joe Principe) have been in the band for all 5 Album releases. Only their lead guitarist has changed over the life of the band. Currently there have been over 4 different lead guitarists. The first of the album releases were much “heavier” in the rock and vocal aspect; grungy sounding vocals and heavy riffs. When the album “Siren Song of the Counter Culture” debuted, fans of Rise Against found that the band was slowly evolving and changing its music style and quality. The genre slowly turned into melodic punk/rock. Both the lyrics and the overall sound quality of the songs were improving vastly as each album was produced.
Rise against is constantly involved in PETA, human rights, veganism, the environment and other activities involving ethics. Several of their songs and videos involve PETA, Environmental issues, and proper work ethics. Here is a video of “Song Of The Refugee”, a take on America’s outsourcing of jobs, sweatshops and child labor.
Personally I like Rise Against for their lyrics. They tend to be on the inspirational, philosophical, or ethical side with the constant use of metaphors to sing about a subject without being bland. The lyrics are what constantly sell me in every album Rise Against makes; it just makes the songs “feel” different than other simple songs you hear on the radio now-a-days.
Have you heard at song that required to be thought about to understood or invoked some heavy thinking in your life? Mention it in the comments below!