Nothing shouts "punk" like mohawks & liberty spikes! And there were plenty on display at last night’s Rise Against and Rancid show at Time Warner Cable Amphitheater at Tower City.
Riverboat Gamblers kicked things off with a set of driving anthems that played straight to the venue, which was packed with young kids and old-school Doc Marten-stompin' fans.
Rancid's frontmen — Tim Armstrong and Lars Frederiksen — still have their stage rapport and presence from the '90s down. They played songs spanning their catalog — from Let’s Go all the way up to their new album, Let the Dominoes Fall.
Keeping up with these rockers (who've been around for nearly two decades and boast one of the most loyal fan bases out there) isn't an easy task. But Rise Against were up for the challenge. FrontmanTim Mcllrath's dirty, raspy vocals were a perfect complement to Rancid's steamroller punk.
Since their formation a decade ago, Rise Against have built a solid following among animal-loving, no-meat-eating fans. You couldn’t turn the corner without running into a PETA activist last night. Still, these guys led the crowd in singalongs of "Tip the Scales," "Paper Wings," "Prayer of the Refugee" and other songs from their past three albums.
To cap it all off, they did a great job making a house full of angry, angsty youngsters aware of animal-rights and environmental issues with "Life Less Frightening." After all, Rise Against weren't voted Best Animal-Friendly Band by PETA for nothing. —Johnny Angell