Siren Song of the Counter Culture is the third studio album by American rock band Rise Against. Released on August 10, 2004, it was Rise Against's first album on a major record label, after the band signed with DreamWorks Records in September 2003. The recording sessions for the album with producer Garth Richardson were split between two studios in British Columbia. These sessions were marred by numerous distractions and inconveniences, such as the absorption of DreamWorks into Geffen Records, the arrival of a new guitarist, accusations of the band selling out, and the birth of lead vocalist Tim McIlrath's child.
Musically, Siren Song of the Counter Culture is rooted in hardcore punk and melodic hardcore. It comprises twelve songs, with lyrical themes ranging from social commentary to personal reflection. To promote the album, Rise Against toured throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and Japan. Siren Song of the Counter Culture sold poorly for the first six months, but the band's incessant touring schedule eventually led to a gradual increase in sales. It became their first album to chart on the Billboard 200, where it peaked at number 136, and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
The album received generally positive reviews, with praise directed toward the lyrics, but it drew some criticism for a lack of individually memorable songs and perceived overproduction. Three songs from Siren Song of the Counter Culture were released as singles: "Give It All", "Swing Life Away", and "Life Less Frightening". All three songs charted on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. "Give It All" and "Swing Life Away" in particular are credited with helping Rise Against achieve mainstream appeal.
Label: Geffen Records B0002967-01JK02
Format: Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition, Reissue
Style: Hardcore, Punk
A1 State Of The Union
A2 The First Drop
A3 Life Less Frightening
A4 Paper Wings
A5 Blood To Bleed
A6 To Them These Streets Belong
B7 Tip The Scales
B8 Anywhere But Here
B9 Give It All
B10 Dancing For Rain
B11 Swing Life Away
B12 Rumors Of My Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated