I’m going to start doing a (more or less) random music-related post every couple of Mondays for Music Monday!
Yesterday, I saw my favorite band of over a decade, Rise Against, for the sixth time at Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix. With that, here are some of my favorite songs by them (in no particular order):
“Everchaging”: Among the raw punk tracks of their first album, this is a bittersweet ode to love and loss and how neither are a straight path. This song is so emotional it literally leaves me breathless (even when I’m not singing along at the top of my lungs driving in my car…). This song has recently gained an extra special place in my heart as at one of their gigs, the lead singer, Tim, and I shared a moment where we screamed the last, “And you can’t leave me if I’m already gone” together.
“Six Ways ‘Til Sunday“: A youthful anthem with an outro that will have you dancing in your seat (or where ever you’re at, really).
“Blood-Red White and Blue”: I used to cite Heaven Knows as my favorite song off this album (Revolutions Per Minute) and although that song still means a lot to me, “Blood-Red White and Blue” goes so hard. It is my favorite song to watch live in front of a massive audience at Germany’s Rock AM Ring off their documentary “Another Station, Another Mile” (sound familiar?). I was blessed enough to see this song live at the intimate gig I mentioned in the previous paragraph and it was amazing! Rise Against has had a strong hand in my political thought, introducing me to the quote, “Dissent is the highest form of patriotism” and taught me how to question capitalist institutions such as factory farming and racism. My favorite political lyrics of theirs come from this song: “Would God bless a murder of the innocents? Would God bless a war based on pride? Would God bless a money-hungry government? No! Would God bless our ineffective court system? God bless the sweatshops we run. God bless America, God bless America.”
“Give It All”: One of their most popular songs, this song never gets old. An upbeat, angry, quick-paced song about rebellion that will light a fire under the ass of anyone who has a cause.
“But Tonight We Dance”: This b-side is one of my favorite tracks from their album The Sufferer and the Witness. The raspy chorus complements the euphoric verses all too well.
“Survive”: A powerful anthem to carrying on that everyone can relate to.
“Audience of One”: One of the most emotional and lyrically strong song of theirs.
“Satellite”: I know I’m still relatively young, but this song is so youthful. Even though the members of Rise Against are climbing into their 40’s, they always seem to turn out a song or two per album that feels especially fresh, and “Satellite” from Endgame is one of them.
“Survivor Guilt”: This has some of my other politics-related lyrics of theirs: “The cowards preach from pedestals with words like courage and resolve, but what they meant was fuck them all ’cause freedom isn’t free.”
“The Eco-Terrorist In Me”: Listening Rise Against was a big part of building the base of my environmental philosophy and sparking my interest in what has now become my degree, future career and way of life. This song is one of their strongest lyrics about the cause and is one of their heavier songs in their recent work, making its message all the more impactful.
“Tragedy + Time”: Like “Survive,” this song is a call to carrying and has one of my favorite lyrics: “Despite the overwhelming odds, tomorrow came.”