There were just as many fresh mohawks as old tattoos at the Rise Against and Bad Religion concert that kicked off Jacob Pavilion at Nautica's concert season on Saturday night.
Old-school punks Bad Religion’s set sounded super-tight, which is to be expected since the band has been doing this since 1979. Singer Greg Graffin's voice hasn't lost any force over the years. Their set was a mix of old and new songs.
Rise Against took the stage with a flurry of high kicks and fist pumps. Frontman Tim McIllrath didn't mess with too much, leading his band through a set of songs that sounded a lot like the ones you hear on record.
More so than almost any of their peers, Rise Against are a new-school punk band with old-school punk ideals. They sounded committed to their rallying cries, whether it was a relatively obscure cut from their earlier days or the popular “Prayer for the Refugee” from 2006's The Sufferer & the Witness.
Five years ago, Rise Against opened for their stylistic musical mentors Bad Religion. Rise Against closed Saturday's show, but not before humbly thanking Bad Religion and dedicating a heart-wrenching “Swing Life Away” to their heroes.
In those four minutes they pretty much summed up the night. —Jara Anton