Alternative rock band Rise Against is stripping down their songs in Ghost Note Symphonies, Vol 1. The new album is comprised of second-takes on songs from their albums and is expected to be released soon.
The music uses alternative instrumentation—brushes instead of sticks on the drum set, for example—and showcases intricate melodies on acoustic guitars.
If Rock Fest had a coffee shop on the grounds open at 6am, this album would be worthy of sipping an espresso to. Or a bloody mary from the Bloodys & Beers cart (more on that soon), you know, whatever your taste is.
The Music of Rise Against
The band released “House on Fire” a few weeks ago with a full-album release date for Ghost Note Symphonies set for June 27.
Rise Against released their eighth studio album, WOLVES, one year ago. The album was a challenge to fans to “create a bold new identity together: one that is stronger than [the setbacks of despair and defeatism], bigger than any election. WOLVES … is about recognizing the power within all of us; it’s a primal call for the prey to become the hunters.”
Rise Against at Rock Fest
There are a quite a few songs across various Rise Against albums that I cannot wait to hear from Main Stage on Thursday, July 12. The Alternative/Indie/Punk/Rock band’s work satisfies my heart on one million different levels. If you wanna hear what I wanna hear, here they are:
“Savior” Appeal to Reason (2008)
It kills me not to know this, but I’ve all but just forgotten
What the color of her eyes were, and her scars or how she got them
… and then I’m going to sing as loudly as my lungs allow:
That’s when she said I don’t hate you boy
I just want to save you while there’s still something left to save
“Prayer of the Refugee” The Sufferer & the Witness (2006)
The guitar riff keeps me clinging to the song until the chorus erupts.
Don’t hold me up now
I can stand my own ground
I don’t need your help now
You will let me down, down, down
“House on Fire” Wolves (2017)
It’s not an overpowering song, but it’s most definitely driving, and I can’t ever hide how much I want to shake my hair to the chorus. Shake my hair every which way until my shoulders start shaking and before I know it I found your bed and I’m jumping on it. That’s what I go through every time I hear “House on Fire.”
So I’ll just hold you like a hand grenade
You touch me like a razor blade
I wish there was some other way
See Rise Against perform Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin, Thursday, July 12. Get your tickets, pit passes, and campsites here. And check out the full line up: