A crowd of band-tees and sleeve tats rolled like a fog over the CenturyLink Arena for the Rise Against show on April 20.
Unfortunately, one fan wearing a shirt emblazoned with the words, “Cool story babe, go make me a sandwich,” didn't seem to get it. The misogyny was out of place at a concert featuring one of punk rock's most socially, environmentally and morally conscious bands on the scene today.
Kingston, Pa.’s Title Fight opened the show with an incredible performance, setting the tone for the evening with a grungy presence and overarching punk intensity. Title Fight has come a long way since its last visit to Boise.
“We played in a practice space on Halloween the last time we were here,” said bassist-vocalist Ned Russin, to a crowd clutching $7 microbrews.
As TF closed its set, the arena buzzed with anticipation for Florida’s A Day to Remember. After instructing the audience to crowd surf on top of crowd surfers, lead singer Jeremy Mckinnon took a moment to reminisce about his previous stop in Boise at the Venue and his gratitude for small towns with big hearts.
Hailing from Chicago, Rise Against took the stage with four screens broadcasting imagery of war-torn cities, melting ice caps and plastic-surgery disasters. The band does its best to combine adolescent angst with earnest activism, as made apparent by front man Tim McIlrath’s shout out to PETA.
But activism aside, Rise Against is one of the loudest bands around—it takes quite the backline to fill an entire arena with enough noise to leave your ears aching. But as the band has proven so many times before, it is one of the most technically proficient punk rock bands out there. And with every tour, Rise Against continues to grow and diversify.
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