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Tim McIlrath

Tim McIlrath performing as a part of Rise Against at 2006's Warped Tour
Background information
Born November 3, 1979 (1979-11-03) (age 30), Illinois
Genres Melodic hardcore, punk rock, hardcore punk, post-hardcore, metalcore
Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter, lyricist, composer, vocalist, guitarist, bassist
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass
Years active 1995-present
Labels Fat Wreck Chords (2001-2003)
Geffen Records (2003-present)
Associated acts Rise Against
Baxter
Arma Angelus
The Killing Tree
Berri Txarrak

Tim McIlrath (born November 3, 1979) is the lead singer, rhythm guitarist, co-composer, main-lyricist and along with bassist Joe Principe the founder for the American punk rock band Rise Against. McIlrath is known to support animal rights and actively promotes PETA with his band.[1] He follows the straight edge lifestyle, along with Rise Against bassist Joe Principe and guitarist Zach Blair.[2]

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Biography

Personal life

Tim McIlrath was born November 3, 1979 in Chicago, IL. At a young age he read books such as 1984 by George Orwell and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, which would influence his later work. As a child he went to Our Lady of the Wayside, where he was taunted for having one brown eye and one blue eye[3], known as heterochromia. As an early teenager, all of Tim's friends were into snowboarding, so Tim saved up money until he had $400 to buy a snowboard. Instead of purchasing a snowboard, he purchased a Gibson SG.[citation needed]

In college, Tim majored in English and French. In his junior year he took a break, where he bumped into Joe Principe at a "Sick of it All" show. Joe asked Tim to sing over a few tracks that he and Mr. Precision had taped. That is when Rise Against was formed, and Tim left college.

On the reverse of McIlrath's white Les Paul guitar are the words 'OUT OF STEP', a reference to Minor Threat's album Out of Step. Tim is now married and he and his wife Erin have two daughters, Blythe and Scarlet. Blythe is named after a character in Brave New World, and Scarlet is named after a character from 1984. They live with him in Chicago. Tim also has a dog.

Baxter

He began his musical career in his teenage years; he was very active in the Chicago local alternative rock/punk scene. His first band was the post hardcore band Baxter, formed in 1995 along with future The Lawrence Arms drummer Neil Hennessy and future Killing Tree and Holy Roman Empire bassist Geoff Reu. Their first release was a full length, self released, cassette, Troy's Bucket, which was released in 1996. Troy's Bucket was met with warm reception from the scene, and Baxter became a popular band in the Chicago underground scene.

Slapstick, Alkaline Trio, and Strife.

In 1997 they released a 7" EP Lost Voices on Static Station Records. After some local touring, the band split up. Tim played bass and sang backup in the first incarnation of The Honor System. He sang on their demo and on some songs on their debut album Single File. He and drummer Neil Hennesy could also be found in a brief lineup of the grind band Yellow Road Priest, whose members went on to form Pelican. Following the band's breakup in 1997, Tim formed metalcore band Arma Angelus, along with singer Pete Wentz, who was to become bassist in mainstream pop punk/emo band Fall Out Boy. He played bass with the band until 1999 when he quit to form Transistor Revolt, which would eventually become Rise Against.

Rise Against

In 1999 Tim formed the band that would become Rise Against with former 88 Fingers Louie bassist, Joe Principe, guitarist Dan Precision (A.K.A. Mr. Precision), and drummer Toni Tintari under the name 'Transistor Revolt'. Drummer Brandon Barnes did not come into the picture until 2001 along with the band name Rise Against. They officially recorded their debut album The Unraveling on Fat Wreck Chords in 2001.

In 2003 guitarist Mr. Precison left, and Todd Mohney filled his role. Later that year they released their second album Revolutions Per Minute which was greeted with warm success . They toured the U.S. steadily that year, though by the end of it, Todd left. In order to replace him, former Reach the Sky guitarist Chris Chasse joined in 2004 and they released their Geffen debut Siren Song of the Counter Culture.

With the release of the singles "Give it All", "Swing Life Away", and "Life Less Frightening", Rise Against became more popular with mainstream fans, but still kept their underground sensibility. After more touring (including a European tour and spots on the Vans Warped tour), the band went back to the studio and recorded their fourth album The Sufferer & the Witness, which included eight singles ("Ready to Fall, "Prayer of the Refugee", "The Good Left Undone", "Behind Closed Doors", "Drones", "Survive", "Injection", and "Under the Knife".)

They had ended their tour and were back in the studio in the process of making their next album, when Chris Chasse left the band to pursue family life.

Rise Against recorded their latest album Appeal to Reason with the help of guitarist Zach Blair, who is now a permanent member and has known the band for many years. Appeal to Reason was released on October 7, 2008. The band recorded it at The Blasting Room in Fort Collins, Colorado with Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore, who produced Revolutions Per Minute and The Sufferer & the Witness.

The Killing Tree

Tim is also active in a metallic-hardcore band called The Killing Tree along with former Rise Against guitarist Todd Mohney, though all members use pseudonyms in concern to the band. The Killing Tree has not produced any music or toured since 2003.

Discography

Rise Against

The Killing Tree

Baxter

  • Troy's Bucket full-length cassette (1996)
  • Lost Voices... 7" (Static Station Recordings, 1997)
  • Baxter two-disc CD compilation (Will Not Clear Man, 2002)

Arma Angelus

  • Things we Don't Like We Destroy (compilation) (2002)
  • The Grave End of the Shovel

The Honor System

  • Single File (four song cassette demo only).

Guest appearances

  • Tim is featured on the song "Denak ez du balio" by Basque alternative rock band Berri Txarrak from their album Libre ©.
  • Tim sang on the song "Let Them Eat War" in Bad Religion's Live At The Palladium DVD
  • Tim sings vocals in the Cancer Bats song, Harem of Scorpions. From their 2008 album Hail Destroyer.
  • Tim is featured on the song Resuscitation of a Dead Man by Thursday from their album Common Existence.
  • Tim sang vocals on the Bullet Treatment 7" on Fat Wreck Chords in 2009.
  • Tim provided vocals for the song "Mute Hearts" by Holy Roman Empire.
  • Tim was featured at the end of the NOFX music video for Cokie The Clown.
  • Tim is featured on the Flobots song, White Flag Warriors on their upcoming album, Survival Story.
  • Tim is featured in "The Sims 3 - Ambitions". He sings the song called "Savior" in Simlish.

Straight Edge

Tim and his bandmates, except for the drummer, are straight edge; a lifestyle that eliminates drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and promiscuous sex.

PETA work

Tim is a strict vegetarian, as are his fellow bandmembers. They are active with the animal rights group PETA. Tim often takes part in PETA protests and gives out PETA books and flyers at shows. Rise Against's fifth album, Appeal to Reason, even included a PETA sticker, encouraging people to stand up for the rights of animals. He has given many interviews on the matter along with other bands. The band serves PETA by offering them their time and money.[1] He has appeared in many videos made and distributed by PETA expressing their beliefs on vegetarianism as well as issues and the meat industry and fast food industry, fur and fashion use of animal skins and animal testing and dissection.

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Simple English

Tim McIlrath
Born November 3, 1979 (1979-11-03) (age 31), Illinois
Genres Melodic hardcore, punk rock, hardcore punk, post-hardcore, metalcore
Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter, lyricist, composer, vocalist, guitarist, bassist
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass
Years active 1995-present
Labels Fat Wreck Chords (2001-2003)
Geffen Records (2003-present)
Associated acts Rise Against
Baxter
Arma Angelus
The Killing Tree
Berri Txarrak

Tim McIlrath (born November 3, 1979) is the lead singer, rhythm guitarist, co-composer, main-lyricist and along with bassist Joe Principe the founder for the American punk rock band Rise Against. McIlrath is known to help animal rights and actively promotes PETA with his band.[1] He follows the straight edge lifestyle, along with Rise Against bassist Joe Principe and guitarist Zach Blair.[2]

Contents

Personal Life

Tim McIlrath was born November 3, 1979 in Chicago, Illinois. At a young age he read books such as 1984 by George Orwell and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, which would inspire his later work. As a child he went to "Our Lady of the Wayside," where he was made fun of for having one brown eye and one blue eye.[3] This is known as heterochromia. As an early teenager, all of Tim's friends were into snowboarding, so Tim saved up money until he had $400 to buy a snowboard. But instead of buying a snowboard, he bought a Gibson SG.

In college, Tim majored in English and Sociology. In his junior year he met Joe Principe at a "Sick of it All" concert show. Joe asked Tim to sing over a few tracks that he and Mr. Precision had taped. That is when Rise Against was formed, and Tim left college.

On the reverse of McIlrath's white Les Paul guitar are the words Out of Step. This is a reference to Minor Threat's album Out of Step. Tim is now married and he and his wife Erin have two daughters, Blythe and Scarlet. They live with him in Chicago.

Baxter

Tim McIlrath began his musical career in his teenage years. Tim was very active in the Chicago local alternative rock/punk scene. His first band was the post hardcore band Baxter. They formed in 1995 along with future The Lawrence Arms drummer Neil Hennessy and future Killing Tree and Holy Roman Empire bassist Geoff Reu. Their first release was a full length, self released, cassette, Troy's Bucket, which was released in 1996. Troy's Bucket was met with good reviews from reviewers, and Baxter became a popular band in the Chicago underground scene.

In 1997 they released a 7" EP Lost Voices on Static Station Records. After some local touring, the band split up. Tim played bass and sang backup fur The Honor System. He sang on their demo and on some songs on their first album Single File. He and drummer Neil Hennesy could also be found in a brief lineup of the grind band Yellow Road Priest, whose members went on to form Pelican. Following the band's breakup in 1997, Tim formed metalcore band Arma Angelus, along with singer Pete Wentz, who was to become bassist in mainstream pop punk/emo band Fall Out Boy. McIlrath played bass with the band until 1999 when he quit to form Transistor Revolt, which would soon become Rise Against.

Rise Against

In 1999 Tim formed the band that would become Rise Against with former 88 Fingers Louie bassist, Joe Principe, guitarist Dan Precision (Mr. Precision), and drummer Toni Tintari under the name Transistor Revolt. Drummer Brandon Barnes did not come into the picture until 2001 along with the band name Rise Against. They recorded their first album The Unraveling on Fat Wreck Chords in 2001.

In 2003 guitarist Mr. Precision left, and Todd Mohney filled in. Later that year they released their second album Revolutions Per Minute which was greeted with great success. They toured the United States a lot that year, though by the end of it, Todd left. In order to replace him, former Reach the Sky guitarist Chris Chasse joined in 2004 and they released their first album on Geffen records, Siren Song of the Counter Culture.

With the release of the singles "Give it All", "Swing Life Away", and "Life Less Frightening", Rise Against became more popular with fans, but still kept their underground feeling. After more touring (like a European tour and spots on the Vans Warped tour), the band went back to the studio and recorded their fourth album The Sufferer & the Witness, which had eight singles ("Ready to Fall, "Prayer of the Refugee", "The Good Left Undone", "Behind Closed Doors", "Drones", "Survive", "Injection", and "Under the Knife".)

They had ended their tour and were back in the studio in the process of making their next album, when Chris Chasse left the band to start a family life.

Rise Against recorded their latest album Appeal to Reason with the help of guitarist Zach Blair, who is now a member and has known the band for many years. Appeal to Reason was released on October 7, 2008. The band recorded it at The Blasting Room in Fort Collins, Colorado with Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore, who helped make Revolutions Per Minute and The Sufferer & the Witness.

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