Rise Against with the Used
Sunday, July 24, 2022
Rise Against, an American punk and melodic hardcore band was formed in Chicago in 1999. The outfit is known for social commentary, progressive human and animal-rights politics, blazing post grunge riffs and rancorous yet tuneful lyrics.
The group came together when ex-88 Fingers Louie bassist Joe Principe tapped area vocalist Tim McIlrath for a new project rooted in the sound and social vision of traditional hardcore. Joined by fellow 88 Fingers Louie vet Dan Precision on guitar and, eventually, drummer Brandon Barnes, Rise Against signed to Fat Wreck and issued The Unraveling in 2001.
Over the last two decades, the band has released nine studio albums various compilations and extended plays with nineteen singles. Most recently, in 2019, Rise Against announced the extensive all-vinyl retrospective Career Vinyl Book, with the single “Broken Dreams, Inc.,” their first new song in three years, which appeared in part of the soundtrack for DC’s Batman comic book series Dark Nights: Death Metal. That song, along with ten others, appeared on the band’s ninth full-length effort, 2021′s Nowhere Generation.
Emerging as a voice for the damaged masses in the early-2000s post-hardcore scene, Utah-bred rock group The Used connected to their audience with a potent mixture of feral rage and unabashed vulnerability. Their breakthrough platinum debut, The Used, gained popularity on both radio and MTV, bolstered by hit singles like “The Taste of Ink” and “Buried Myself Alive.” As their presence on the touring circuit increased, they hit a mainstream peak with 2004′s platinum In Love and Death and its follow-up, 2007′s Lies for the Liars. The band’s seventh studio album, The Canyon, arrived in late 2017. The critically acclaimed set marked an evolution in both style and content, inspired in part by the death of one of Bert McCracken’s (vocalist) close friends. The most recent release, Heartwork, came in 2020, a nostalgic callback to their first three efforts.
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