After the breakup, in the late 1990s, of Chicago hardcore band 88 Fingers Louie, bassist/vocalist Joe Principe formed Rise Against, a similarly melodic outfit that balances angst, punk politics, and post-grunge hooks, reflecting the multi-faceted nature of the Chicago hardcore scene. After two well-received albums on Fat Wreck Chords and hundreds of thrilling live shows, the band landed a major label deal and continued to attract a larger fanbase. Their 2006 album charted at #10 on the Billboard 200, and the band's music has shown up in films, on TV, and in video games, but, true to their name, Rise Against continues to uphold a David-vs.-Goliath punk ethos that includes endorsing PETA and other animal rights and vegan concerns.
Rise Against are a political punk band from Chicago who recorded Siren Song of the Counter-Culture with Rage Against the Machine producer GGGarth and Rage and Nirvana mixer Andy Wallace. The four band members came together from punk bands 88 Fingers Louie, Pinhead Circus, and the Enemy, and the emo band Baxter, and play old school punk (e.g., Descendants) with a strong political point of view.
Siren Song of the Counter-Culture has drawn rave reviews from key publications. Rolling Stone praised the band''s "rousing, intelligent fury," while Alternative Press said "the band''s engrossing hardcore is an urgent siren song that''s appropriate for these angst-ridden, uncertain times."
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