Since rising to prominence with their mainstream debut, Siren Song Of The Counter Culture, in 2004, Rise Against have gained a reputation for using their music to pack a message, from animal rights to political stances. After taking a notable hiatus, the Chicago four-piece released their first record in three years, The Black Market, this past July. Guitarist Zach Blair, who joined the band in 2007, has been heavily involved in the scene since the ’90s, playing with a slew of Texas-based hardcore groups as well as taking on the role of Flattus Maximus in GWAR.
Before embarking on their fall North American tour, Blair took time to discuss the new album, the effect his father’s love of classic rock had on him, and the demise of major labels.
What was the process when it came to creating The Black Market?
We took a year off after our last record, which was [2011's] Endgame. Usually there is about six months between touring and another record, but this time everybody has kids except myself and…