Rise Against’s Paper Wings and Anywhere But Here: Melodic Punk and Hardcore with Acoustic Sense



By Irfan Nugroho
Have you ever heard a song that combines hardcore sound and the fast beating of typically melodic punk, but fits beautifully in acoustic version? To me personally, Rise Against’s “Paper Wings” and “Anywhere But Here” can represent the mixture of hardcore and melodic punk.

Paper Wings is the fourth single of Rise Against’s third album Siren Song and the Counter of Culture; while Anywhere But Here is cool enough to discuss for its acoustic version that is lovely listening to every single person, either you or me.

Paper Wings, written by Rise Against frontman Tim McIlrath, was released in digital single in 2005. The song was recorded Plumper Mountain Sound in Gibsons, BC and The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, BC. 

The song begins with a low-distortion guitar before it suddenly turn to the fast drum beating of typically melodic punk and guitar riff that is familiar to many punkers around the world.

When goes to the first verse of the lyric, the drum turns slower; while Tim McIlrath sings the song in hardcore vocal but melodic, feature that distinguishes Rise Against from other melodic or pop-punk bands. 

Goes to the bridge, just before the refrain, the drum beating turns faster, but not reaches the peak yet. The line “… no one else around, to catch you falling down, and I’m looking at you know..” brings us to the fastest part of this song; indeed, the refrain. 

The refrain is my favourite part and this is what I call the fast drum beating of typically melodic punk. The shifting from fast drum beating to slow beating can be something hard to do by some drummers, but Rise Against does this very well.

The acoustic part of the song can be something to hear lovely. On the above video, you will see Tim McIlrath got the audience to sing alone on this part; “... Is this the life that you lead, or the life that’s lead for you…” Awesome! Check the video and therefore you will be addicted to Rise Against’s Paper Wings.
Another favourite song of mine on this album is Anywhere But Here. I love for its fast drum beating; while the acoustic version of this song is also fabulous. 

The beginning of this song lures the audience of Rise Against live performance to jump for warming up before enjoying the 3;38-minute fast drum beating and attacking guitar distortion. 

Do not love hearing guitar distortion and fast drum beating, so you can check the acoustic version of Anywhere But Here from the Youtube. The acoustic version does absolutely touch every single heart of those broken-heart people. 

Yes, this song is about beginning a new life after being left by one’s soulmate. See the refrain, “…I’m own my way to the other sides, I’ll forget everything I left behind, This empty room are still filled with you.

Check the songs by yourself.

8 komentar:

  1. Have you ever heard a song that combines hardcore sound and the fast beating of typically melodic punk, but fits beautifully in acoustic version? To me personally, Rise Against’s “Paper Wings” and “Anywhere But Here” can represent the mixture of hardcore and melodic punk.

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  3. hard corer, have a nice weekend!

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  4. nice post..
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  5. hey nice blog..lets exchange links

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  6. I love your comment "The acoustic version does absolutely touch every heart of these broken heart people".

    Rise Against is my favourite band - the first song I ever listened to was "Like the Angel", followed by "Paper Wings". "Anywhere But Here" is brilliant. Similar songs from their new album that you might like are "Hairline Fracture", "The Dirt Whispered", "Audience of One" and "From Heads Unworthy".

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