Stand up against released their ninth album Generation nowhere (put it on limited image disc) and a live EP this year, and they are now slated to tour again in 2022 to support it. They just announced a new series of North American dates with Pennywise and To rot, including shows in Worcester, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Seattle, Bakersfield, a few Canadian cities and more. They also play Welcome to Rockville. All dates are listed below.
As the year draws to a close, we asked the bassist of Rise Against Joe Principe what were his favorite albums of 2021, and he made a list that includes Neighborhood kids, The Killers, Turnstile, The Bronx, naked Raygun, Dinosaur Jr, a few reissues, and more. Read on for her full list and comments on each choice.
In related news, Rise Against frontman Tim McIlrath did a song for the new Chamberlain tribute album.
JOE PRINCIPE’S FAVORITE ALBUMS IN 2021
1) Neighborhood children – At the edge of life
This record is brilliant from start to finish. Just high energy punk with amazing lyrics. I was a big fan of their previous record Claw marks but they really intensified it with this record. I keep listening to the song “FFBF”.
2) The killers – Pressure machine
Everyone needs a good road trip group and The Killers is that group for me. This record is not as “dancing” as their past efforts (far from it) but there is just something about Brandon Flowers’ voice that makes me vibrate. I highly recommend listening to this record on a long bike ride.
3) 7 seconds – The crew Re-edit
OK OK, this record is not “new” since it was originally released in 1983 but this reissue deserves to be mentioned here. The LP packaging is amazing… complete with a 20 page oral history of the band. 7 Seconds was a big influence on me growing up because it was one of the first hardcore bands I heard to tackle topics that weren’t usually covered in the 80s punk scene. misogyny, homophobia and racism.
4) Turnstile – Glow on
This record should be on everyone’s top 10 list. It’s such a refreshing take on hardcore in 2021. You can’t ignore the tasteful influence of Bad Brains (All Eras) throughout.
5) The substitutes – Sorry mom, I forgot to take out the trash reissue (box set)
Holy shit! There are so many tracks! It’s not just another mundane reissue, it’s a deep dive into this record and the chaos that surrounded the replacements in 1981. A must listen! I still blame myself for not going to what was to become their last concert at Grant Park in Chicago.
6) Dan Vapid and the cheaters – Exhaust speed
Dan Vapid (Schafer) was instrumental in creating the pop punk sound that came out of Chicago in the 90s. His songwriting has always marked me and this record is no different. More mature but with the same youthful energy and super catchy hooks. Just a super solid pop record
7) The Bronx – VI
This record will make your mouths melt. I’ve always liked the versatility of Matt’s voice.
8) naked raygun – On the overlords
Such a solid record of these Chicago legends. If you grew up going to punk concerts in the 80s and 90s in Chicago, you would certainly have listened to Naked Raygun. They pioneered the “Chicago punk sound” that greatly influenced Rise Against. What always blew me away seeing them live is how powerful and intimidating they still were on stage.
9) Dinosaur Jr – Sweep it in space
Dinosaur Jr has always done two things really well… write the most amazing guitar riffs and write the saddest lyrics. Mission accomplished once again.
10) Teenage Bottlerocket – Sesh ill
Sometimes I just want simple, catchy punk songs and Teenage Bottlerocket is one of the best to do that.
Rise Against – Tour Dates 2021/2022
12/10 – Chicago, IL – 101 WKQX The Nights We Stole Christmas
01/04 – Quebec City, Canada – Videotron Center
03/04 – Laval, Canada – Place Bell
04/04 – Ottawa, Canada – TD Place
06/04 – Toronto, Canada – Scotiabank Arena
07/04 – London, Canada – Budweiser Gardens
04/09 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium *
04/10 – Cincinnati, OH – The Icon Music Center *
12/04, Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom *
04/13 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater *
04/14 – Winnipeg, MT – Canada Life Center *
04/16 – Calgary, AB – Big Four Roadhouse *
04/17 – Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Convention Center *
04/19 – Seattle, WA – WAMU Theater *
04/21 – Redding, CA – Redding Civic Auditorium *
04/22 – Bakersfield, CA – Mechanics Bank Theater *
05/21 – Daytona Beach, Florida – Welcome to Rockville
06/08 – Kralovske Vinohrady, Czech Republic – Prague Summer Festival
06/09 – Nickelsdorf, Austria – Nova Rock
06/14 – Budapest, Hungary – Budapest Park Open Air
06/15 – Warsaw, Poland – Torwar
06/09 – 06/11 – Interlaken, Switzerland – Greenfield Festival
06/10 – Derby, United Kingdom – Download Festival
06/23 – Clisson, France – Hellfest
06/24 / – Antwerp, Belgium – OLT Rivierenhof (out of print)
06/25 – Ysselsteyn, Netherlands – Jera On Air Festival
06/27 / – Milano, Italy – Circolo Magnolia
06/29 / – Viveiro, Spain – Feast of the Resurrection
* with Pennywise and Rotting Out