Heavy Hops Ep. 076: Protest Songs (Zach Blair/Rise Against)

Joining us this week is Zach Blair, lead guitarist in the legendary punk band Rise Against. For anyone that grew up in Chicago in the early 2000s and was at all interested in rock music, Rise Against was a touchstone. We use the group’s recent EP Nowhere Sessions as a lens into the tradition of punk rock covers of protest songs and their live resonance. We also touch on the crucial role that metal music played in shaping Zach as a guitarist, his time as a member and writer in Gwar, and how Rise Against‘s success is a vehicle for its activism. 

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Listen to Rise Against’s latest EP Nowhere Sessions
Zach’s podcast: Zach and Mike Make 3

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Audio editing, mix and mastering: Esben Willems / Studio Berserk

Music by: Sam Cangelosi

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