Despite having three gold-certified albums and racking up tens of millions of views on YouTube, Windy City punk rockers Rise Against remain resolute in fighting the good fight, taking on social injustice and espousing their views for positive change. It's all in a day's revolution, as front man Tim McIlrath revealed recently. The group plays Nassau Coliseum tomorrow night.
Both Rise Against and Against Me! have recent songs addressing the issue of getting older and re-examining personal values. Are we getting into a period of punk self-analysis now?
Hopefully, there's always some sort of self-analysis. Hopefully, we'll wake up every morning and not just stick to our guns because we're stubborn. A song like "Architects" was a response to the really cynical behavior of the modern-day punk scene. Cynicism has hipster currency now. It's kind of upsetting because it breeds apathy in a lot of ways. This was our unapologetic way of saying, if cynicism is cool, then we are unapologetically not cool. If people consider us idealists or stuck in this childish punk world, then we'll unapologetically claim it.
How do you retain the angry young man inside of you?
The world gives me so much material that I don't find any lack of fuel. I wish that I woke up one day and read the paper and said, "Look how happy the world is. That makes me happy. In the end, I have nothing to sing about anymore. I'm going to retire." The things that fuel Rise Against are really ugly things like injustice, human rights violations and an unfair world. I would love for those things to disappear, and if they did disappear, so would the need for a band like Rise Against. It's weird to long for irrelevance.
We started listening to all kinds of Dylan songs on shuffle all day long, and "The Ballad of Hollis Brown" came up. I thought it had a great feel to it. Our bass player, Joe, looked up and was like, "What about this one?" I pulled up some lyrics and saw what the song was about. It's a really incredible song. It's really dark and macabre, and I felt like we could put our signature on the song. I thought it turned out great.
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WHEN | WHERE 6 p.m. tomorrow, Nassau
INFO $14.50-$34.50; 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com