I was a bit slow to catch on to Rise Against. It wasn't until the release of "Siren Song of the Counter Culture" about three years ago that I finally decided to pay attention to the Chicago band. I've heard the new record, "Appeal to Reason" (due out on Oct. 7) and think the group has just turned in their best record. It's still filled with plenty of political diatribes and the guitars still ring, but there is strong eveolution in the band's sound that can't be ignored. I'll have a review up in about a week or two.
Doing a Nov. story on the band for MeanStreet magazine, so should have plenty more info to post about Rise Against soon. In the meantime, here's some behind the scenes footage of the group making a video for their first single off the record ("Re-Education").