By Missy Ray
Rise Against has already been making waves in the punk rock scene for more than a decade. The American band hails from Chicago, Illinois.
The birth of Rise Against began when members of Baxter and 88 Fingers Louie joined forces to first form Transistor Revolt. On lead vocals was Tim Mcllrath while Joe Principe and Mr. Precision provided backup vocals while handling bass and guitar. On drums was Toni Tintari. As an independent performer, the band was able to come up with an EP demo carrying four tracks called “Transistor Revolt.”
This was Toni Tintari’s only performance in the band as he left the band shortly after where he was replaced by famous drummer Dan Lumley for a short period of time. Brandon Barnes then became the permanent drummer who still plays for the band today.
After several months, the band was able to make a deal with Fat Wreck Chords. Before they released their album with this label, the band name changed to Rise Against. More than three months into 2001, the band was able to release its debut album “The Unraveling.” After this accomplishment though, Mr. Precision left the group and Todd Mohney took his place. They then moved on to their second album “Revolutions per Minute” which was released in 2003.
The band began to move towards the mainstream path when they signed a deal with Dreamworks Records in 2004. This paved the way for the release of their third album, “Siren Song of the Counter Culture” in the same year. Dreamworks was later taken in by the Universal Music Group and Rise Against moved on to Geffen Records.
Todd Mohney left the band after the label changed and Chris Chasse stepped up to be the new guitarist. Chris Chasse remained in the band till 2007 after the fourth Rise Against album was released. After he left, Zach Blair replaced him. The four members proceeded to work on their fifth album and still remain together.
“The Unraveling” is the debut album that was released in 2001 after “Transistor Revolt” changed name. All of the demo tracks in their early EP were rerecorded with Brandon Barnes in action as the drummer. It was reissued in 2005 where the tracks were remixed and remastered. Under the same Fat Wreck Chords label, “Revolutions per Minute” followed where it made it to number 15 of the 2003 Billboard Top Independent Albums.
It was with Dreamworks that the band’s third album “Siren Song of the Counter Culture” was made. The band saw this as a major piece of work. While they received very good feedback for it, there were also some critics who saw the album as an average piece. Their fourth album “The Sufferer the Witness” was received better, selling on its first week a good 48,000 copies. The next album “Appeal to Reason” is less outstanding but has still managed to sell more than 64,000 copies.
It seems Rise Against will no longer be a part of the underground scene. This has led to a slew of mixed feedback from music fans. It seems though that the band is all set to take on greater challenges. A new album is slated to be recorded in autumn of 2010 and the group is scheduled to open for Green Day.
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