Rise Against are a punk rock band from Chicago, Illinois. Formed in 1999, and originally performing under the name Transistor Revolt, they released a self-produced demo entitled Transistor Revolt in 2000, a year before signing with Fat Wreck Chords to release their first two albums, The Unraveling in 2001, and Revolutions Per Minute in 2003. They later switched to Dreamworks Records and recorded their album Siren Song of the Counter Culture. However, Dreamworks Records got taken over by the Universal Music Group and Rise Against finally found themselves on Geffen Records, a Universal Music Group subsidiary, releasing Siren Song of the Counter Culture in August 2004. A re-issued version of The Unraveling was released on August 23, 2005 through Fat Wreck Chords. Their 4th studio album entitled “The Sufferer and The Witness” was released on July 4th 2006.
Rise Against’s original lineup consisted of Tim McIlrath (vocals and guitar), Joe Principe (bass and vocals), Brandon Barnes (drums), and Mr.Precision (guitar and vocals), and recorded its debut album with renowned punk producer Mass Giorgini. Mr. Precision left the band in 2001 and was replaced by Todd Mohney who was the guitarist of McIlrath’s side project The Killing Tree. Shortly after the band signed with Geffen, Mohney left and was replaced by Chris Chasse. Mohney would become part of the punk supergroup The Falcon along with members from other popular Chicago punk acts, Alkaline Trio and The Lawrence Arms. After the release of the The Sufferer and The Witness, Chasse left the band due to the “overwhelming tour schedule stacked on growing pressures and demands” (he is now in the bands Last of the Believers and Nations Afire; in his place now stands Zach Blair of Only Crime. According to a statement by McIlrath, “Yes, the Rise Against curse continues…”
On October 7th of 2008, they released their 5th album called “Appeal To Reason”. This was the first album with new comer guitarist Zach Blair, formerly from Only Crime. They began recording a new album entitled Endgame in February of 2010. Endgame, their 6th album, was released on March 15, 2011.
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2012 came and went, as did the live shows. Below are AUX's "Top 50 Photos of 2012" provided by our talented staff photographers. [gallery order="DESC"]
Multi-millionaire musician Tom Morello joins up with other platinum selling artists for "We Are the 99 Percent"Because everybody needs an excuse to prod their way back into pop culture relevancy, Tom Morello hasn't released a song by a band that mattered since Audioslave broke up in 2007, but the Occupy Movement has given him second life as a musician more than a talking head. For the most, he's made his support about the issues. Until now. He says the movement was lacking an anthem, so he got together with equally successful big brand musicians Serj Tankian and Tim McIlrath (of Rise Against) to write what he's called "their gift to the movement." Totally missing the point behind its title, the track is called "We Are the 99 Percent," but we can't post it here because it's exclusive to Rolling Stone, which makes sense, right? Because if there's one idea that's keep the Occupy Movement strong for over a year, it's the one that perpetuates bravado filled rock songs posted under exclusivity blankets. At this point, we'll assume the drums are just the sounds of these three self-satisfied goofs patting themselves on the back.
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VIDEO: Want to know how the Toronto Blue Jays choose their walk-up music?Playing baseball for a living is definitively one of the coolest jobs in existence. You play baseball! For a living! Sure, there's looming career uncertainty if you're anything less than a superstar, and you can literally break your whole body with one tiny incorrect movement, but c'mon. Baseball! And what is the coolest part of this cool job? Walk-up music. How will you make an impression on the opposing team, on your hometown fans? What song, played at full volume through a colossal stadium sound system, says, "What's up, everyone? I'm here to sock some dingers." We hit the field with the Toronto Blue Jays to learn about their walk-up selections. Featured players include Ricky Romero, Adam Lind, Brett Cecil, Rajai Davis, Jason Frasor, Omar Visquel, Jeff Mathis, and Mike McCoy. And everyone making fun of Jose Bautista for having the cheesiest tunes. Ricky Romero loves Drake AUX Blog player with bigger default dimensions brightcove.createExperiences(); Adam Lind reps his midwest roots AUX Blog player with bigger default dimensions brightcove.createExperiences(); Brett Cecil is buddies with Three Days Grace AUX Blog player with bigger default dimensions brightcove.createExperiences(); Rajai Davis' music says "jump with me," and he jumps AUX Blog player with bigger default dimensions brightcove.createExperiences(); Jason Frasor doesn't think he's cool enough for "modern techno" AUX Blog player with bigger default dimensions brightcove.createExperiences(); Omar Vizquel is a total old school hesher AUX Blog player with bigger default dimensions brightcove.createExperiences(); Jeff Mathis sticks to his country roots and "keeps it real" AUX Blog player with bigger default dimensions brightcove.createExperiences(); Mike McCoy shoots straight, loves Rise Against AUX Blog player with bigger default dimensions brightcove.createExperiences(); Getting real: who's got the worst music on the team? AUX Blog player with bigger default dimensions brightcove.createExperiences();
6 hidden messages in this year's "Best Video With A Message" VMA nomineesLast year, the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) launched a new award category for "Best Video With A Message," made to honour the apparently brand-new emerging trend of musicians expressing feelings in their music. "During the past year, we've seen a remarkable number of artists use their music to explore deeply personal experiences and issues they were passionate about to create powerful videos that resonated with and inspired millions of their fans," MTV president Stephen Friedman said in a statement when the category was announced last year. Lady Gaga took home the inaugural trophy for her "Born This Way" clip, beating out other nominees Eminem and Rihanna's "Love the Way You Lie," Katy Perry's "Firework," Pink's "Fuckin' Perfect," Rise Against's "Make It Stop (September's Children)," and Taylor Swift's "Mean." To take look at this year's nominees, and what that hidden "messages" they could actually be broadcasting, head over to Pop Hunter.