Rise Against - And Trusting Music AgainSubmitted by Murphy1844 at 2011-06-04 06:51:59 EDT
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I got to thinking: When was the last time I sat in bed, on my back, and had any desire to put some headphones around my head, plug a cord in to a music player, and turn the volume up to full blast?
I got to thinking... probably like six or seven years ago! That long!
What were the bands? What cranked through my headphones?
Last I can remember, the bands were REM, Tears for Fears, Metallica, Dave Matthews Band, Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, Slipknot, or Tool/APC. All for various reasons.
I haven't had this desire for six or seven years, and now I have that desire again. Why? Well, I've listened to all the above-mentioned bands to death, spun their CD's fast and long enough to power a light-speed engine, rehearsed the lyrics enough to memorize fucking clips in my dreams, and in all other conceivable ways burnt myself out of anything that not only sounds like them but also remotely resembles anything like them. In short, I think I'm getting old!
Enter: Rise Against. Honestly, I didn't like them at first. They sounded like canned American punk rock. I heard they've got a good message, and a trusted friend saw them at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago and said it was the second best concert he's ever been to, so I thought I'd give them a go. I listened to their latest album exactly once, then shelved it for my typical NPR interviews.
Something sort of nagged at me to give the CD a second spin. Two became three became an obsession with the first song on the track became a band I want to listen to in bed, on my back, with a plug attached to something that plays music, at fucking full volume, pretty much right now.
Comparing why I like this sort of ordinary sound to what, and more importantly WHY, I listed to in the past, I found a common thread. I trusted those bands back then... they were consistent, they seemed to be good real-life people, and they gave a fuck about their audience. So does this band. It's about fucking time!
Thanks for reading,