Published on July 6th, 2021 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath On The New “Nowhere Generation” Album, Hockey, Skid Row & More

Comprised of rhythm guitarist/vocalist Tim McIlrath, bassist Joe Principe, guitarist Zach Blair and drummer Brandon Barnes, Rise Against is known for its explosive live shows and its outspoken, socially-conscious lyrics that speak to the mood of our time. To date, Rise Against has amassed 5 top 10 albums on Billboard’s Top 200 chart and 6 top 10 singles on its Hot 100 chart. The band’s gold-certified single “Savior” alone has accumulated nearly half-a-billion streams (and counting).

Rise Against is back with a provocative and dynamic new album, Nowhere Generation, the group’s first new studio effort in 4 years. On this new release, the outspoken band points a finger at big business and politics for stacking the social and economical deck against Millennials’, Gen Y’s, and Gen Z’s pursuit of “The American Dream.” Its 11 songs were inspired in part by input from band members’ young children and Rise Against’s community of fans. Following the release of 4 singles to digital outlets, the full Nowhere Generation album was released on June 4, 2021 via Rise Against’s new label Loma Vista Recordings and Canada’s leading music company Universal Music Canada.

On July 6, 2021, I had the pleasure of speaking with Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath about Nowhere Generation, life during COVID-19, future band plans, hockey, musical influences, and plenty More. Additional information about McIlrath and Rise Against can be found here, here, here and here.

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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