Zach Blair and Joe Principe of Rise Against stopped by recently to grab some records before their sold out show at The Hollywood Palladium. The Chicago based band, whose other members include Tim McIlrath and Brandon Barnes, formed in 1999 and have since proven to be one of the most exciting and relevant punk bands around today. After releasing 2001's The Unraveling and 2003's Revloutions Per Minute on Fat Wreck Chords, the band achieved major label success with 2004's Siren Song of the Counter Culture, released on Dreamworks/Geffen. 2014 saw the release of The Black Market, for which the band has been touring worldwide.
With picks like Agnostic Front's Live at CBGB and Dischord 1981: The Year in 7"s Zach and Joe clue us in to some of Rise Against's major influences, while picks like Swami John Reis and The Blind Shakes' Modern Surf Classics and Ty Segall's Manipulator give us a taste of their more current interests. Zach, a Texas native, also recommends some bands from his home state while Joe gives us a surprising '80s pop pick and even demonstrates how to drink coffee out of a Ramones Rocket to Russia mug.