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Rise Against is 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. Shortly after the band signed with Geffen, Mohney left and was replaced by Chris Chasse. After the release of the The Sufferer and The Witness, Chasse left the band due to personal differences (he is now in a band Last of the Believers; in his place now stands Zach Blair of Only Crime. According to a statement by McIlraith, "Yes, the Rise Against curse continues..."

Various musical influences are apparent in their songs on Siren Song of the Counter Culture. The opening song, "State of the Union", is comparable to classic hardcore. As an introductory song, it is supposed to make the listener wake up. "To Them These Streets Belong" and "The First Drop" are more typical of the traditional punk in the style of Pennywise. Most of their lyrics include a political message of some sort. The aforementioned "Swing Life Away" is slow-paced song, originally recorded for the Punk Goes Acoustic compilation album.

The members of Rise Against are straight edge and vegan. They have toured recently with Bad Religion and My Chemical Romance and have made several tours around the US and Europe.

The Members

Timothy J. McIlrath
vocals, guitars

founding member.
former .baxter. and Arma Angelus.
-> Wikipedia Entry

Joe "Pizza" Principe

founding member.
former 88 Fingers Louie
-> Wikipedia Entry
-> Fun Facts

Chris Chasse – guitars

former reach the sky.
replaced todd in april of 2004 to finish the recording of siren song and has since then been the recent axeman
-> Wikipedia Entry

Brandon "Dino" Barnes

former pinhead circus
-> Wikipedia Entry

Former Members

Todd Mohney - guitars

former Arma Angelus(...), now The Falcon and co-head of "Red Scare Records" - replaced Kevin in May of 2002, recorded everything (incl "revs/min) till april, 04 (whilst writing the siren songs))

Dan Wlekinski
aka "Mr Precision"

founding member.
fromer 88 Fingers Louie, lately Break The Silence, now taking care of his studio - left after recording "the unraveling" and some touring (interesting story behind his "departure")

Kevin "Whitey" White

founding member.
former In Truth - leaving to pursue other musical interests(The Enemy) and then returning in sept of 01 to do some unraveling touring and recording "obstructed view"

Tony "T-Bone" Tintari

founding member.
former In Truth, lately Shai Hulud, now in Holy Romand Empire with Geoff Rue - recorded the transistor revolt demo and gave the band the new name of rise against

not to forget

Joe Oldaker (now .kotter. (NOT kottertheband.com!!!)) - playing the first two shows and then being replaced by brandon

Philip Hill (Teen Idols - and already known as the assistant on "the unraveling - check the credits) - filled the gap till kevin re-joined on august's westcoast-tour in 2001

Guest Appearences

Emily Schambra from "Holy Roman Empire" - backing vocals on "The Sufferer and the Witness" (Roadside, The Approaching Curve...)

Russ Rankin from "Good Riddance" - backing Vocals on "The Unraveling" (Weight Of Time...)

Chad Price from "Drag The River" - backing and fill vocals on "Revolutions per Minute", "Siren Song Of The Counter Culture" and "The Sufferer and the WItness"

Neil Hennessy from "The Falcon" - backing vocals on "Siren Song of the Counter Culture" (Anywhere but here, Life Less Frightening, Swing Life Away)

Former Bands

88 Fingers Louie (Dan and Joe's former Band - same musical style as rise on the unraveling)
.baxter.(tim's former band with neil (now lawrence arms), remis (all-time drummer) and geoff (one-year-bassman)), where he not yet had his super-voice)
Pinhead Circus (dino's former band)
In Truth and The Enemy (kevin's and tony's former band)
Reach The Sky (Chris' former band)
The Killing Tree (any questions? ah ok...a sideproject of tim and todd and two guys(geoff and remis) from the good ol' baxter (some now in arma angelus). for most this is called the hardcore version of riseagainst, but to me its something so completely different and one of my favourite bands, without seeing it as tim's sideproject, but a band that should get more attention...there's a new track out...is just found it out and already ordered the CD (only 6 bucks))
Arma Angelus (tim (and todd?) played guitar on the first record...and there are ppl of baxter in'ere - old band of pete wenze though)
Synnecrosis (todd's old band)
The Honor System (well tim did play bass and backing-vox on a few old tracks of this band -> listen to them)
.kotter. (some old member(the days before "fat")...perhaps the old drummer is now in this band...

The Falcon (todd's new kinda "all-star-band")
Break The Silence (dan's last band)
Shai Hulud (tony's band after transistor revolt)
Holy Roman Empire (tony's new band; emily did some vocals on thesuffererandthewitness like on "roadside")

-> some Hierarchy-Tree i found on the net afterwards (very interesting)

© Stefan Mildner 2006

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