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The Rise Against UK Roundup

What happened when Rise Against came to the UK?

Over the past week, the Chicago punks Rise Against have been travelling up and down Britain touring the latest album The Black Market. But because we're global jetsetters and love a bit of a travel, we're not just giving you the review of the London date – but a gallery from Manchester too!

Review from Brixton O2 Academy

Tonight offers a very interesting duality into the fracturing nature of punk rock. Before former underground-heroes-turned-major-league-international-touring-behemoth Rise Against take to the stage we get a support slot from skate punk godfathers Pennywise [9]. It’s a set that is many things: fast, raw, loose, unpredictable and just plain old punk as fuck, but it splits the crowd into those that are really familiar with the roots of the headliners and those that are not. Those that are head straight to the front and roar every line of Jim Lindberg’s vocals back at him during the evergreen likes of Same Old Story, Perfect People and Society.

The longer Pennywise are onstage, the more the casuals seem to become wrapped up in their simple yet irresistible anthems of rebellion. As Fuck Authority ends and bassist Randy Bradbury plucks out the unmistakable opening to Bro Hymn it’s practically like watching a headline set. Everyone in Brixton screams the ‘whoah-ohs’ to the sky and the band depart having reminded the world that warp speed, melodic punk rock can still be a force to be reckoned with. Top draw.

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