UTG PHOTOS: Rise Against & Touché Amoré (9/26/14)

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Under The Gun sent photographer Derek Scancarelli to Best Buy Theater in New York City to photograph Rise Against on September 29, 2014.

Rise Against. The two words can bring together mass amounts of people, regardless of their demographic or where they call home. Whether the audience consists of hundreds or tens of thousands, the legendary Chicago punk quartet will deliver to the best of their ability, because they simply don’t know how to do otherwise.

Last weekend, the band played the Best Buy Theater in the heart of New York City. Times Square was host to a sold-out show in support of the band’s latest genre-changing record, The Black Market. Slated in the middle of the show was post-hardcore act Touché Amoré, who released their acclaimed record Is Survived By last year. Taking stage first was St. Louis garage-punk trio Radkey, three brothers who resemble a blend of Minor Threat and the Misfits, in much younger bodies.

Check below the jump to see photos of Rise Against and Touché Amoré performing in New York City along the remaining dates of the tour.

The show started furiously and promptly with Radkey powering through the opening set, playing a rather impressive collection of old time inspired punk with one-liner jokes between. Both Dee Radke (guitar/vocals) and Isaiah J. Radke III (bass/vocals) had a confidence rarely seen in such young performers.

Touché Amoré have been getting a lot of recognition for their latest effort and it was clear when the band took the stage to an intense level of cheer. The band ripped through their 16-song setlist with minor breaks. The performance possessed that level of magic that wasn’t completely apparent while they toured with Circa Survive just two years ago. The twinkle in the eye of vocalist Jeremy Bolm was just as enthralling as the veins protruding from his neck. The setlist consisted of songs from all of the their past records, mostly from …To the Beat Of A Dead Horse and Parting the Sea Between Brightness And Me.

After a half-hour intermission, Rise Against took the stage to the thunderous, sold-out room. After starting with fan favorites “Ready To Fall” and “Give It All,” they jumped through their entire discography. Appeal To Reason, The Sufferer & The Witness, and “I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore,” the new record’s lead single got the show moving. The band even pulled some deep cuts out of their catalog including “Last Chance Blueprint” from the classic Fat Wreck release Revolutions Per Minute, and “Alive and Well” from the band’s debut album The Unraveling. Overall, the band remained intact throughout the entire performance. In 2014 it’s often hard to dictate what bands are actually rock stars, and Tim McIlrath and the boys have cemented themselves in the history of punk music as such. The only potential flaw of the evening would be McIlrath holding off his scream a bit. But that didn’t stop him from playing two solemn acoustic numbers including the famous “Swing Life Away” before the final encore of “Savior,” which included an extended outro.

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Oct 31 – Voodoo Music + Arts Experience – New Orleans, LA
Nov 03 – Sheffield Academy – Sheffield, United Kingdom
Nov 04 – Glasgow Academy – Glasgow, United Kingdom
Nov 06 – Birmingham Academy – Birmingham, United Kingdom
Nov 08 – Manchester AC Apollo – Manchester, United Kingdom
Nov 09 – Southampton Guildhall – Southampton, United Kingdom
Nov 10 – Brixton Academy – London, United Kingdom
Nov 11 – Ancienne Belgique – Brussels, Belgium
Nov 13 – Heinekein Music Hall – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nov 14 – Bataclan – Paris, France
Nov 16 – Festhalle – Frankfurt Am Main, Germany
Nov 17 – Mitsubishi Electric Halle – Dusseldorf, Germany
Nov 19 – O2 – Hamburg, Germany
Nov 20 – Velodrom – Berlin, Germany
Nov 22 – Amager Bio – Copenhagen, Denmark
Nov 23 – Arenan – Stockholm, Sweden
Nov 25 – Sentrum Scene – Oslo, Norway

Feature written by: Ryan Kappy
Photography by: Derek Scancarelli

Derek Scancarelli

Derek Scancarelli is a feature writer, interviewer, videographer, photographer, radio-er and more. In 2015, he received his MA in Journalism in New York City. In addition to Under The Gun Review, Derek has worked with Noisey (VICE), Alternative Press, New Noise Magazine and many more. He also pushes some buttons at SiriusXM.

Comedian Jim Norton once called him a serial killer on national radio. Enjoy the internet with him on Twitter.
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