Chris DeMakes A Podcast feat. Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath



Punk rock superstar Tim McIlrath of RISE AGAINST joins Chris DeMakes for Episode 7  of Chris DeMakes A Podcast to discuss, critique and analyze their mega hit single “Savior” off of 2008’s Appeal To Reason. To date, it has logged over 329 million plays on Spotify alone and holds the record for the most consecutive weeks on the Alternative Airplay music chart (formerly known as Alternative Songs and Modern Rock Tracks). “We toured the entire Appeal To Reason record without ever playing ‘Savior’ and it wasn’t even like some tortured decision,” explains Tim McIlrath. “We didn’t even think about it… It just didn’t make the setlist. It was just a song on the record that we liked, but it wasn’t anything that we thought was particularly special. Turns out that it was.”

DeMakes’ compelling discussions and songwriting knowledge has landed his podcast in the mix with NPR, Rolling Stone, and Vox among others. Recent episodes include Goldfinger front man and renowned producer John Feldmann (5 Seconds of Summer, Blink-182, Panic! At the Disco, Good Charlotte), Bill Stevenson (Descendents, ALL, Black Flag), Anthony Raneri(Bayside), Jaret Reddick (Bowling For Soup), Jen Razavi (The Bombpops) and Roger Lima(Less Than Jake, Rehasher). Upcoming guests include Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick), Angelo Moore (Fishbone), Aaron Barrett (Reel Big Fish), Mike Herrera (MxPx), Cyrus Bolooki (New Found Glory), Chris #2 (Anti-Flag), and acclaimed Grammy-winning producer Howard Benson(My Chemical Romance, The All-American Rejects, Adam Lambert, Kelly Clarkson). Subscribe here.

Less Than Jake has sold over 2 million albums worldwide. Their groundbreaking ska-punk albums Pezcore, Losing Streak, and Hello Rockview have stood the test of time and continue to connect with younger generations. Borders and Boundaries was released in 2000 and contained the singles “Look What Happened” along with their hometown anthem “Gainesville Rock City” which received some airtime on MTV2. 2003’s Anthem debuted at #45 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart and spawned three major singles in the US and UK. “She’s Gonna Break Soon” spent a couple weeks on MTV’s TRL, “The Science of Selling Yourself Short” spent five weeks on Billboard’s Top 40 Singles Chart and peaked at #37, and “The Brightest Bulb Has Burned Out” featuring Billy Bragg spent time on the UK Singles Chart.

A few of DeMakes’ most memorable tours include Bon Jovi’s The Crush Tour (2000), Descendents’ Caffeine Nation Tour (1997), and Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution (2004). The band also holds the record for most performances on Vans Warped Tour at 441 (nobody is even close). Less Than Jake has been a staple on the international festival circuit as well which includes Reading and Leeds Festival, Download Festival, Fuji Rock Festival, Soundwave Festival, Pukkelpop, Hurricane Festival, Frequency Festival, and Greenfield Festival.

When DeMakes isn’t on tour, he’s busy in his home studio doing custom songs, jingles, and voiceovers. In addition, he’s available for music business consulting and motivational speaking at high schools and universities.

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