Seeing a band live for the first time is always a pretty intense experience but when it’s hardcore legends Rise Against then it’s clear to see that the experience is going to blow any other out of the water.
The band were on tour with Sleeping With Sirens and Pears, which brought us to their sold out date at o2 Academy, Brixton. Unfortunately, due to delays (trains and rush hour don’t mix well in London!), we missed punk rockers Pears, but talking to other fans at the venue it was clear that they warmed up the crowd well with their performance.
To follow were Sleeping With Sirens. Despite sticking to mostly old classics, the crowd let loose throughout the whole set with eager screams from fans and a notable mosh pit. Vocalist Kellin Quinn was on point, leading a charismatic performance which no doubt impressed those viewing them live for the first time. It’s was a shame not to hear much of their newer stuff, but they did drop a few tracks off their new album, Gossip. The songs were a good taster of the new record, which we’ll definitely be listening to now.
The build-up to Rise Against was intense and the band made it on stage to a room full of chants and cheers. They opened with ‘Chamber The Cartridge’ and the crowd went wild. It’s not long before everyone was sweaty, moving and jumping together and singing at the top of their voices. Frontman Tim McIllrath is an excellent performer; he doesn’t just sing but he interacts with the crowd and had their full attention completely throughout the set.
The set itself was impressive; again, the band stuck mostly to their older and more known material which means there’s not a silent person in the room. Nearly everyone knows every song, but we are of course treated to a few songs from their latest release too. ‘Hero Of War‘ was particularly moving with everyone raising their lighters and a few tears too.
To conclude, the audience had one final chance to let go to an energetic (encore) performance of ‘Savour‘. After electrifying performances from the three acts, songs that tugged on our emotions and even a touching speech from Rise Against’s frontman, the crowd definitely needed that final track to stop thinking, sing at the top of their voices and just let loose and go wild to end the show.