Siren Song of the Counter Culture

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Siren Song of the Counter Culture
Rise Against Siren Song of the Counter Culture.jpg
Studio album by Rise Against
Released August 10, 2004[1]
Recorded December 2003 - May 2004
Studio Plumper Mountain Sound
(Gibsons, British Columbia)
The Warehouse Studio
(Vancouver, British Columbia)
Genre Melodic hardcore, punk rock, post-hardcore
Length 40:54
Label Geffen
Producer Garth Richardson
Rise Against chronology
Revolutions per Minute
Siren Song of the Counter Culture
The Sufferer & the Witness
Singles from Siren Song of the Counter Culture
  1. "Give It All"
    Released: November, 2004
  2. "Swing Life Away"
    Released: April, 2005
  3. "Life Less Frightening"
    Released: July, 2005

Siren Song of the Counter Culture is the third album by American punk rock band Rise Against, released on August 10, 2004. It is the band's first release on a major label. It is also the first album not to feature guitarist Todd Mohney, being replaced by Chris Chasse.

The album sold very well, mainly due to the success of its single, "Swing Life Away", which reached #12 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks, making it the band's highest-charting single at the time. Also faring well were the album's other two singles, "Give It All" (#37) and "Life Less Frightening" (#33) While the album was commercially successful, Siren Song of the Counter Culture is not Rise Against's highest charting album on the Billboard 200, peaking only at #136; subsequent albums The Sufferer & The Witness, Appeal to Reason, and Endgame charted higher, peaking at #10, #3, #2 respectively. The album has been certified gold by the RIAA and platinum by the CRIA.

Writing and production[edit]

Siren Song of the Counter Culture was recorded in 2004 at Plumper Mountain Sound in Gibsons, British Columbia and The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver with producer Garth Richardson.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2] 7/10[3] 3.5/5 stars[4]
Pitchfork 2.9/10[5]
Sputnikmusic 4/5[6]

Siren Song of the Counter Culture was released on August 10, 2004 and is the first Rise Against album distributed via Geffen Records. The album peaked at number 136 on the Billboard 200 album chart[7] and reached #1 on the Top Heatseekers chart. It received generally positive reviews from mainstream critics. The single "Give It All" was featured in the Electronic Arts game Need for Speed: Underground 2.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Tim McIlrath, all music composed by Tim McIlrath, Joe Principe, Brandon Barnes and Chris Chasse, except "Swing Life Away" by Tim McIlrath and Neil Hennessy.

No. Title Length
1. "State of the Union"   2:19
2. "The First Drop"   2:39
3. "Life Less Frightening"   3:44
4. "Paper Wings"   3:43
5. "Blood to Bleed"   3:48
6. "To Them These Streets Belong"   2:49
7. "Tip the Scales"   3:49
8. "Anywhere but Here"   3:38
9. "Give It All"   2:50
10. "Dancing for Rain"   4:01
11. "Swing Life Away"   3:20
12. "Rumors of My Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated"   4:14
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