Music, Radio, Reviews

Review: Rise Against at Brixton Academy

Music, Radio, Reviews

Review: Rise Against at Brixton Academy

10 months ago
By Anne Pfalzgraf

The American punk hardcore band Rise Against toured through Europe and stopped for a concert at the sold-out o2 Academy Brixton.

The quartet, Tim McIlrath (vocals), Zach Blair (guitar), Joe Principe (bass) and Brandon Barnes (drums), offers a combination of melodic hardcore, punk rock and hardcore punk, by mixing rough vocals with heavy and fast guitars. With their lyrics, they address different topics such as social problems, animal rights, environmental issues and politics. Until now, the band released eight studio records, a few EP’s and live DVD’s.

The o2 Academy Brixton, a Grade II listed concert venue with a capacity of around 4900 people, opened the doors around 7pm, and a huge crowd entered. The venue is one of Europe’s biggest fixed stages and provides a special atmosphere which attracts music fans from all over the world. The first band on the stage was the American melodic hardcore punk band Pears. The crowd was difficult to motivate, even though, the band showed their comedy skills. The second band was the American post-hardcore band Sleeping With Sirens, consisting of Kellin Quinn (vocals), Justin Hills (bass), Nick Martin (lead guitar), Jack Fowler (rhythm guitar) and Gabe Barham (drums). With their last albums, the band positioned themselves rather as a rock band than within the post-hardcore scene. Kellin Quinn uses an incredible range within his high pitched clean vocals and screamed vocals, which makes the band unique.

With each band the crowd, who consisted of teenagers and young adults, got more excited. Sleeping With Sirens had an amazing time on stage and animated the crowd to sing along while moshing in their circle pits. Kellin Quinn joined the fans at the barrier to sing with them together. With Rise Against on the stage, the crowd went crazy. They had many circle pits, crowd surfers and everyone enjoyed the show. Rise Against was highly motivated and played a balanced mix of their older and new songs. Towards the end, Rise Against played some of their most popular songs acoustic which created an electric atmosphere. The light and sound systems supported the vibes of the songs perfectly. The sound was well mixed and balanced while the light production was colourful and energetic.

The performance of all three bands was great. Even though the crowd was difficult at the beginning, their motivation and energy rose with every band. The bands were highly motivated and delivered great performances on the stage.