After a small warmup show in Cleveland, Rise Against began their tour with the Descendents at NYC's Rooftop at Pier 17 on Friday (7/30). It was not only the first night of the tour, it was also the outdoor venue's first show back since the pandemic, and it couldn't have happened on a more gorgeous evening.
Rise Against and Descendents are, of course, a perfect pairing; not only did Descendents' groundbreaking, melodic approach to hardcore pave the way for bands like Rise Against, but Descendents drummer/songwriter Bill Stevenson has co-produced several Rise Against albums (including their newest one), and he's been called the band's "fifth member." Making the show a killer triple bill was LA's Spanish Love Songs, a much newer band whose catchy, anthemic punk fit right in. They kept their set entirely to songs off Brave Faces Everyone, which came out on Pure Noise in February 2020 just before the world went into lockdown. (They were on tour with The Wonder Years when live music got cancelled.) They sounded great -- super tight, and Dylan Slocum's shaky voice soars as much live as it does on record. Spanish Love Songs were on board for the first three dates of the tour, and after that, the shows will be opened by The Menzingers.