#liveformusic – Rise Against


Zach Blair

They may be celebrating their 15th birthday and they may have just released album number seven, The Black Market, but Rise Against show no signs of slowing down.

It’s been three long years since we last had any new material from the Chicago four piece, although they certainly eased the pain with the 2013 release of Long Forgotten Songs: B-Sides and Covers (2000-2013), an eclectic mix of everything you might have missed from the bands audio history. But with previous full length Endgame in 2011 receiving critical acclaim from just about everyone, what can we expect from The Black Market?

It’s good old fashioned Rise Against, and we wouldn’t want it any other way. Their triumphant return to the scene sees the band back with twelve tracks that feel both familiar and exciting with powerful lyrics we’ve come to expect from such an outspoken band. They’re powerful and personal, and the band are more than aware of any controversy. Speaking to Altpress ahead of the release, front man Tim McIlrath shed a little light on the writing process:

“I was trying to figure out what we were going to still say, seven records later, and what should still be relevant to be singing about, and I ended up doing a lot of inward writing. I started to really reflect on who we are as a band and what we do for a living and what we mean to people.

“A lot of artists have to go to a dark place to create their best artwork, and it just occurred to me that I’ve been going down to these dark places for 15 years now, and it was a moment of self-awareness, where I was thinking, ‘What is it that we do, or what do people expect or want from us? Where do we fit in their lives with the songs that we write?” I ended up not knowing what to write about, so I just wrote about that. I wrote about who we are as a band and what we do, and that turned into The Black Market. I was talking about the process of churning those waters, the process of writing a song, the process of getting dirty to create something that I could share with somebody that could potentially be a cathartic experience.”

Whilst the band may be getting deep as they get older, they’ve still put together a record that we just can’t stop listening to. Two singles down before the album has even dropped – The Eco-terrorist In Me and I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore – and we’re already hooked. Welcome back guys, we’ve missed you.

But as if that wasn’t enough, Rise Against are hitting the road – catch them in North America from the 3rd of September to the 5th of October with Touche Amore and Radkey, and in Europe from the 3rd to the 25th of November with Pennywise and Emily’s Army.

Find out more about Zach Blair’s rig here, and Tim McIlrath’s set up here

The Black Market is out now.