What will continue to be is what we allow...
In 2021, it's valid to question what Rise Against is...well, rising against. The band is twenty years into a fruitful and relatively consistent discography, and they made their strongest impressions more than a decade ago. Since then, it's been a balance between fan service and recycling material - a downward slope that began with Endgame and continued right on through The Black Market and Wolves.
You wouldn't be blamed for asking the question of how a band of forty-somethings are now the voice for both millennials and gen-z alike? But, for Nowhere Generation, Rise Against took inspiration from parenthood, looking at the state of the future their young children will inherit, left to them by a bunch of conglomerates who don't really care about anything other than themselves. With the help of the legendary Bill Stevenson, Nowhere Generation is certainly a fine return to form for the group. "Talking To Ourselves" is an oddly emotional post-rock ballad, questioning why no one seems to listen.
Though Rise Against are a band that need little introduction, they are a band that divide opinion. Having emerged from Chicago's hardcore scene before releasing two albums through Fat Wreck Chords, it took little time for the four-piece's idiosyncratic brand of politically charged punk to garner major label attention, pissing off punks in the process. While the band's politics remained (and continue to remain) as steadfast as ever, this move to a major saw a significant shift in the band's sound, moving away from the hardcore influence of earlier cuts in favour of something softer, sleeker and altogether more accessible.