In 2008, Rise Against, one of Chicago's premiere hardcore punk bands released their fifth album, Appeal to Reason.
Politically charged and deliberate, Appeal to Reason took the band in a whole new direction. It built bridges--and burned some as well. Hardcore fans turned their backs on the band, and even critics who hate hardcore complained about what they saw as the "mainstream direction" the band was taking.
However, Appeal to Reason was an album with a message, a strong message. In 2008 the world was in upheaval: riots broke out in third world countries as people fought one another in the streets during a food crisis. For the first time petroleum reached $100 a barrel, hurricanes ravaged the coasts again and again, the U.S. was locked in a brutal war with no end in sight and, as a last ditch effort to stave off a global financial crisis, the soon to be former US President signed the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act; $700 billion to buy up the assets of failing banks. Even as families lost homes and joined the foodlines there was a pervasive Orwellian fear, the word "patriotism" had replaced the words "free speech" and surveillance, seizure and imprisonmment were given carte blanche rule.
The message of anger delivered on Appeal to Reason--by men who weren't afraid of a good fight, was well-understood and embraced by the frustrated and the confused. Before the grumblings of critics and cynics had even died down a strange thing had begun to happen, Appeal to Reason had begun to climb the charts, songs had begun to cross-over and Rise Against found themselves with hits on both the alternative and the rock radio charts. The last release from Appeal to Reason, and my personal favorite, "Savior," climbed the charts and planted itself there--becoming the bands highest charting single to date.Appeal To Reason
On January 25, 2011, Rise Against released the first single, "Help Is On The Way," from their much anticipated sixth album, Endgame, set for release by DGC/Interscope on March 15, 2011. The song is available for download purchase on www.MySpace.com/RiseAgainst
Click to listen to Rise Against "Help is on the Way" from Endgame
I'll be talking to Rise Against in the near future--a chance to catch up with them before the new album is released.
Apr 5 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
Apr 7 – Long Beach, CA @ Long Beach Arena – *featuring The Descendents
Apr 8 – La Jolla, CA @ RIMAC Arena
Apr 9 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Apr 11 – Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Theater
Apr 12 – Seattle, WA @ WAMU Theatre at Qwest Events
Apr 14 – Magna, UT @ The Great Saltair
Apr 15, 16 – Denver, CO @ The Fillmore Auditorium
Apr 19 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
Apr 20 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheater
Apr 22 – St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheater
Apr 23 – Boca Raton, FL @ Sunset Cove Amphitheater
Apr 25 – North Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
Apr 26 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Apr 27 – Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live
Apr 29 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
May 2 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Electric Factory
May 3 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Electric Factory
May 5 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
May 6 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
May 7 – Cleveland, OH @ Nautica Pavillion
May 8 – Champaign, IL @ Assembly Hall – University of Illinois – Star
May 10 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s – Outdoors
May 11 – Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theatre
May 13 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
May 14 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
Photo courtesy of Rise Against & DGC/ Interscope
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