Rise Against at the Filmore, 4/15/11

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Aaron Thackeray
Tim McIllrath of Rise Against last night at the Fillmore.

RISE AGAINST
Bad Religion • Four Year Strong
04.15.11 | Fillmore Auditorium
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The Rise Against show at the Fillmore began with a line that stretched from Colfax down Clarkson and east onto 16th Avenue -- at 6:30! The crowd was littered with people of all ages, from teenyboppers to thirty-somethings to punk foggies, who were most likely there to see punk icons Bad Religion more than Rise Against -- or to bring their kids out to a show.

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Aaron Thackeray
Four Year Strong

It's amazing to see how Rise Against has grown over the years. The band's popularity has even eclipsed that of Bad Religion; when I last saw the two play on the same ticket, it was at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., and Bad Religion was headlining.

Rise Against is a great band that's been able to mature with every album while also growing in popularity. But as the bandmembers proved last night, it's stayed true to its roots in terms of delivering politically themed anthemic punk songs with extremely crisp riffs, tight lyrics and a sound that, though heavily influenced by their icons, is still all their own. Moreover, the group proved that it deserves its success.

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Aaron Thackeray
Four Year Strong.

And it's touring with some impressive acts. Four Year Strong, a Worcester, Massachusetts, pop-punk outfit, opened the evening around 7:30. Originally I was unimpressed by the happycore-ish song the act started off with, as it sounded geared to too young an audience. The band was good, but largely predictable.

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Aaron Thackeray
Jackson "Jake" Massucco of Four Year Strong.

As the set progressed, fortunately, the group got heavier. The drummer, Jackson "Jake" Massucco, thumped on the double-bass pedal through songs like "Enemy of the World," all the while keeping a calm, easy look on his face and chomping on a toothpick. Four Year Strong's final song, "Wasting Time (Eternal Summer)," felt like it was targeted at angsty youth heading into their final spring of high school.

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Aaron Thackeray
Greg Graffin

Hardcore legends Bad Religion opened with "The Day That the Earth Stalled," the rousing first song off their latest album, 2010's Dissent of Man. Greg Graffin's voice sounded a little off to start, but quickly rose to the occasion. Still, not bad for a band that first formed in 1979.

By the time Graffin and company hit their third song, the classic "American Jesus," if you weren't a fan or had never seen or heard Bad Religion, you would have been converted. The crunchy guitars and chorus weren't enough to drown out Graffin's voice, and this song felt as fresh as it did nearly ten years ago.

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Aaron Thackeray
Bad Religion

But Bad Religion really hit its stride when it launched into "Do What You Want" and then the god-eviscerating "Only Rain." The most enjoyable to hear was "We're Only Gonna Die," one of the band's earliest recorded songs. Bad Religion concluded its set with the upbeat "Sorrow," a great finisher.

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Aaron Thackeray


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Fillmore Auditorium

1510 Clarkson St., Denver, CO

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9 comments
Irritated NOLA native
Irritated NOLA native

Hey dumb ass. watch the video for help is on the way... Its about katrina dip shit

Hdhsjjska
Hdhsjjska

Rise Against was a major let down. At the end of the show everyone I talked to was more excited about seeing Bad Religion

Gnostic3
Gnostic3

Last night I saw a lovely play at the University of Colorado in Denver. "It's only a play" by Terrence McNally It's directer by Dr. Eileen Kearney and it's out of this world It will be on all next week at 7.30 PM don't miss it.For information, please call 303 352 3500

Cobra-Kai
Cobra-Kai

this is a really good review!

Matthew
Matthew

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Chris Meehan
Chris Meehan

The video might be about Katrina, but the song is more about the BP oil spill. Listen to the lyrics bub:

"The pyre is burning,The severance is dying.…Five thousand feet below,As black smoke engulfs the sky,The ocean floor explodes,Eleven mothers cry.…She says that’s the shoreline,With hands in the air…Choking on the black gold,
Upon which we rely,
We keep actions in the attics,
To see cameras in the sky."

How many people died on the rig? 11. How deep was Horizon drilling? 5,000 feet.You could make the argument that the song is about disasters and lack of adequate response in general.

Nick Lucchesi
Nick Lucchesi

you could argue that about two of the three, but it's kind of absurd to lump bad religion under that generalization.

nola native
nola native

its about nola in general... can you not see all the lyrics are about nolas recent tragedies

Chris meehan
Chris meehan

Yeah—I said that. At least you didn't call me a dipshit this time.

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