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Rise Against

Chicago, United States (1999 – present)

Rise Against are a punk/melodic hardcore 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, Universal Music Group took over Dreamworks Records 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. They released their 4th studio album entitled “The Sufferer and The Witness” on July 4th 2006.

Rise Against’s original lineup consisted of Tim McIlrath (vocals and guitar), Joe Principe (bass and vocals, formerly from 88-Fingers Louie), 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, 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.

Rise Against is an American punk rock band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1999. The band currently consists of vocalist/rhythm guitarist Tim McIlrath, lead guitarist Zach Blair, bassist Joe Principe and drummer Brandon Barnes.

Rise Against spent its first five years signed to the independent record label Fat Wreck Chords, on which it released two studio albums, The Unraveling (2001) and Revolutions per Minute (2003). Both the albums met with considerable underground success, and in 2003 the band signed with the major label Geffen. Their major label debut Siren Song of the Counter Culture brought the band mainstream success, producing several successful singles. Their next two albums, The Sufferer & the Witness and Appeal to Reason, were also successful and peaked at number ten and number three on the Billboard 200 chart, respectively. Appeal to Reason was followed three years later by Endgame. All four albums released via Geffen were certified platinum in Canada, while Siren Song of the Counter Culture, The Sufferer & the Witness and Appeal to Reason were certified gold in the United States.

Rise Against is also known for their advocacy of progressive organizations such as Amnesty International and It Gets Better Project. The band actively promotes animal rights and most members are straight edge (excluding Barnes), PETA supporters, and vegetarian.

Rise Against is an American melodic hardcore band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1999.
To date, Rise Against has released five albums, a rare material EP, and one DVD.
Their most recent studio album, Appeal to Reason, was released in North America on October 7, 2008, producing the singles "Re-Education (Through Labor)" and "Audience of One".
Their fourth album, The Sufferer & the Witness (also produced by Bill Stevenson @ The Blasting Room), was released on July 4, 2006, reaching #10 on the Billboard 200 and has since gone Platinum in Canada.
On May 23, 2007 Rise Against announced their endorsement of a new line of Vans shoes that would be 'completely vegan in consideration to [their] animal rights efforts'
All of the group's members are strict vegetarians and active supporters of PETA. Their video for the single "Ready to Fall" addresses environmental degradation and its effect on animals, as well as animal cruelty inherent in factory farming and sport hunting.



The Good Left Undone
Audience Of One
Help Is On The Way
Make It Stop (September's Children)
ReEducation (Through Labor)
Wait For Me


Re Education

Members of this Group



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