Rise Against – Nowhere Generation

Formed in 1999, Rise Against has been one of the most revered and influential #punkrock bands of the last 20 or so years, often singing about political injustice, animal rights, environmentalism and other social issues. That being said, I got to admit that I’ve never been a big fan of their music. It is usually too hardcore for me. This is why the fact that I liked their latest single –and first since 2017–, Nowhere Generation, so much actually means something. I guess longtime fans of the band will consider it too mellow or ‘mainstream’ for their liking, but one person’s loss is another person’s gain.

Don’t get me wrong though, Nowhere Generation got plenty of oomph. From the moment frontman’s Tim McIlrath starts singing the overture to the moment the full band starts playing, the song’s energy level is never too low. The track is a tribute to the current generation, which despite technological prowess , does not have the same opportunities previous generations had for achieving the ‘American dream’. The combination of the song’s message with the catchy melody results in a powerful track well worth a listen. Perhaps even on repeat mode.

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2 Replies to “Rise Against – Nowhere Generation”

  1. I’ve not been much of a fan of Rise Against either, though I have liked a few of their songs. This one hasn’t resonated with me yet for some reason, but after reading your review and more about them on Wikipedia (I had no idea what good guys they are), I have a newfound appreciation for them and this song.

    1. Yeah, I totally understand you. Something similar happened to me while I was doing my research for this entry. Thank you.

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