Happy New Year all, and welcome to the first 2013 edition of Vie’s Verses! This year, I would like to start a new segment for my column that will pop up on occasion — bands we don’t cover enough. At Hard Rock Hideout we strive to bring you the most diverse collection of hard rock bands that we can. From the latest rising stars to the old classics, Hard Rock Hideout attempts to discuss them all. However, every now and again, there is a band that just falls through the cracks.
Hence, the new segment, where I will do my best to pay homage to a band that just hasn’t been covered enough. Hopefully it will encourage you to seek out their music and give them a try. It’s the New Year, the perfect time to try and get yourself hooked on some new music, or a band that you may have missed. For this inaugural segment, I’d like to discuss a band that I have fallen in love with recently, Rise Against.
Best described as modern punk, Rise Against is a hard rock band from Chicago, Illinois that formed in 1999 and found some commercial success starting in 2004 with the release of their commercial debut album Siren Song Of The Counter Culture. Some rock lovers would be quick to dismiss Rise Against as mainstream pop and lump them in with the likes of Shinedown, or Nickelback, albeit not as enjoyable. That’s a shameful way to portray a band that is as deep and talented as Rise Against. This is a band that has their own, unique, signature style, and if anything, they remind me more of Foo Fighters.
The band’s most recent album is Endgame, and while it is a strong and solid record, it is their prior release, Appeal To Reason, that really turned me into a fan. Filled with gems like “The Dirt Whispered,” “Audience Of One,” and the band’s best song, “Savior,” Appeal To Reason is a solid record containing monster hits of hard rock beauty. If you are new to the band, Appeal To Reason should be the first album that you listen to. It serves as an excellent introduction to Rise Against as well as showing off their abilities both musically and lyrically.
Lead singer/songwriter Tim McIlrath is a poetic genius when it comes to crafting lyrics. Whether he is posting his heart on his sleeve (“Audience Of One”), telling an amazing and heart-wrenching story (“Hero Of War”), or trying his best to rationalize the end of a relationship (“This Is Letting Go”), McIlrath’s lyrics are always gems. Beautifully stated, carefully constructed, and well thought out, most of the lyrics McIlrath writes have deep, multiple layers of messages contained within. On the surface they appear to be a simple love story, break-up story, etc. But digging deeper can reveal a political mindset, a war torn backdrop, or a diatribe on the current state of our union. And while it was the music of Rise Against that drew me into the band, it is the lyrics that kept me a fan. I could spend weeks dissecting the multiple messages contained within most Rise Against songs.
Additional band members Joe Principe (bass guitar), Brandon Barnes (drums), and Zach Blair (lead guitar) fit exceptionally well with McIlrath. Their music brings out the best in his vocals and the musical creativity is a perfect fit for the voice that leads the songs. The chords, changes, and leads are as artfully crafted as the lyrics. All four band members are insanely talented and their dedication to the art of making music shows on each of the bands releases. From their indie debut (The Unravelling) to their most recent release (Endgame) every Rise Against album is a beauty, filled with hard hitting, rocking songs that have depth and plenty of replay value.
If you are interesting in checking out a “new-to-you” band this year, I highly recommend Rise Against. Start with Appeal To Reason and then pick any of their albums after that. I can almost guarantee that you will eventually want to own their entire catalog. And if not, you will at least enjoy what you have heard from them and will be falling in love with a new band that may just enter your favorites list.
And if you know Rise Against, drop a line in the comments section and tell us what you think. Want to see more Bands We Don’t Cover Enough? Drop that in the comments as well!
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Chicago rockers Rise Against announce the first leg of their 2012 tour as new single “Satellite” goes for adds at alternative rock radio. The tour kicks off January 17th at the Austin Music Hall in Austin, TX (see below for complete itinerary). A Day to Remember and The Menzingers will open all shows with Glassjaw joining the bill for the February 3rd show in Uniondale, NY.
Rise Against recently premiered the video for “Satellite” exclusively on their Facebook page last week along with a message thanking fans for their participation in capturing the audience reaction to its live performance.
“Satellite” is the third single to be released off Rise Against’s sixth studio album Endgame. The track follows previous top 5 rock radio singles “Help Is On The Way” and “Make It Stop (September’s Children).”
Below is the list of winter 2012 Rise Against headline dates:
January 17th Austin Music Hall Austin, TX
January 18th Illusion Theater San Antonio, TX
January 19th House of Blues New Orleans, LA**
January 21st UCF Arena Orlando, FL
January 22nd Township Auditorium Columbia, SC
January 24th Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA
January 26th Kent State University Kent, OH
January 27th UIC Pavilion Chicago, IL
January 29th Penn State State College, PA
January 30th Mid Hudson Civic Center Poughkeepsie, NY
February 1st Paul E. Tsongas Arena Lowell, MA
February 3rd Nassau Coliseum Uniondale, NY ***
February 4th Susquehanna Bank Center Camden, NJ
February 5th Patriot Center Fairfax, VA (on sale 11/18)
**A Day To Remember will not be on this show.
*** Glassjaw joins the bill
RISE AGAINST has now released the official video for their new single “Satellite,” from their most recent album, Endgame. The video, which was directed by Marc Klasfeld (Foo Fighters, Against Me!, Katy Perry), is dedicated to the loyal fans that have stuck by Rise Against throughout their entire career. The band talked about the idea and inspiration behind the video saying:
“We finished our new video for the song “Satellite” and can’t wait to share with you because, well, it’s about you, our incredible fans! As soon as we started playing this song live this year, it was amazing to see the audience react, come alive, and go nuts. So we thought that this video should be just that, pure and simple. We couldn’t film every single one of you, but we brought a camera crew with us to try to capture a few shows on our last tour. (Thanks for not killing our camera guy in the pit). The video will premiere exclusively at the Rise Against facebook. Thanks to everyone who participated, you rule.”
Pick up a copy of Endgame available on iTunes now!
Help Is On The Way! Rise Against are donating 50 T-shirts to the Los Angeles Youth Network in your name. Winners will have a t-shirt donated in their name, and will also receive a signed copy of Endgame and a t-shirt for themselves.
Here’s how to enter:
• Fill in your info in the form box below.
• In the “Help Is On The Way” box leave a couple sentences on how you participate in your community, charity, etc. in order to complete your entry.
• Rise Against will pick the 50 best entries.
Rise Against‘s new album Endgame is out now. The band will be playing with Rage Against the Machine and Muse at L.A. Rising on July 30th and will be touring with Foo Fighters in September. To see where the tour stops near you, visit www.RiseAgainst.com for dates and more news on the band.
Click on the banner below to Enter!!