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About Rise Against
Punk rock outfit Rise Against were formed in 1999 in Chicago, Illinois by Tim McIlrath on guitar and vocals, Joe Principe on bass and vocal, Brandon Barnes on drums and Mr Precision on guitar and vocals. They were originally called Transistor Revolt and were signed with Fat Wreck Chords. Two years later, in 2001, Dan Precision left the band to be replaced by Todd Mahoney, who, after the band signed with the Geffen label, left and was replaced by Chris Chasse. He also left and his place was taken by Zach Blair to complete the current line-up.
Their first album was Transistor Revolt, a self-produced demo which was released in 2000. After they signed to Fat Wreck Chords they released The Unraveling in 2001 and Revolutions Per Minute in 2003. Siren Song of the Counter Culture, 2004, was their first release under Geffen and made it into the Billboard Top 200 achieving Gold Record status. Their fourth studio album, The Sufferer and The Witness was released in 2006 and debuted at number 10 on the Billboard Top 200. Since then they have released two further albums, Appeal to Reason which reached number three on the Billboard chart in 2008 and their sixth album, Endgame, their platinum seller, in 2011. In 2013, they released Long Forgotten Songs: B Sides and Covers, a compilation album of originals and covers which had never been previously released.
Rise Against have toured extensively with bands such as Bad Religion and My Chemical Romance, around the USA and Europe, playing Reading and Leeds Festival in 2005 and the Warped Festival in 2006.
They have also appeared in skateboarding movie Lords of Dogtown in which they played a punk band from California, and contributed towards its soundtrack. Their hardcore punk music is politically aware and focuses on issues such as animal rights, DIY and anti-establishment sentiments and has led to their increasing popularity as the years have progressed.