On Saturday, Aug. 7, punk-rock group Rise Against will bring its “Nowhere Generation Tour” to The St. Augustine Amphitheatre.
On its new album, “Nowhere Generation,” which was released June 4, the multi-Gold and Platinum band uses its blazing and aggressive punk rock and lyrics to shine a spotlight on the “social and economical deck that has been stacked against the younger generations' pursuit of The American Dream.”
"There's this idea that we all are raised on, believing that your generation will be a continuance of your parents' generation — if not even a more fruitful era," said singer, guitarist and lyricist Tim McIlrath. "And it seems like the American Dream isn't turning out the way it's supposed to for a lot of people. Young people aren't quite climbing that ladder the way they were in the past. I feel for this generation and think it's something that should be recognized."
Lyrically, much of the band's upcoming ninth studio album was inspired by listening to McIlrath’s young daughters and a community of fans, seeing firsthand the generation gap growing quicker than ever before, while mired in chronic social, economic and political instability.
"Our hope on this record is to jostle people awake, even if it makes you uncomfortable,” McIlrath said.
The band — McIlrath, Joe Principe (bass), Brandon Barnes (drums) and Zach Blair (lead guitar) — sounds those alarms on the new album’s unabashedly outspoken songs that speak to a sea of disenchanted youth about both the struggles and the solutions, while sonically continuing to blur the lines between astute punk rock and melodic-driven pop.
“Nowhere Generation” is Rise Against’s first release under a new agreement with Loma Vista Recordings and comes three years after its 2017 blockbuster “Wolves,” which became the band’s fifth consecutive top 10 record on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
“Nowhere Generation” was recorded at The Blasting Room in Fort Collins, Colorado, under the tutelage of Jason Livermore, Andrew Berlin, Chris Beeble and long-time producer/engineer Bill Stevenson (Black Flag, The Descendents), who has worked with the band on nearly all of its acclaimed releases since its sophomore effort, 2003's “Revolutions Per Minute.”
Tickets for Rise Against are on sale at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre box office and online at Ticketmaster.com. The box office is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays. The box office accepts credit and debit card payments only and all tickets are digital.