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Rise Against Rip Through Germany: Behind-the-Scenes Photos

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Rise Against at Open Flair 2014 GermanyRise Against at Open Flair 2014 Germany

Rise Against at Open Flair 2014, Germany

Sandra Steh

"Our favorite bands had only sold 10,000 records while playing punk dives, and that was what we aspired to," frontman Tim McIlrath told Rolling Stone in 2013. "When we outgrew the punk dives we were kind of in uncharted territory, so we had to figure out how to navigate those waters and still keep our identity."

One year later, McIlrath and Rise Against continue to go deeper into that territory. Touring in support of their new LP The Black Market, the band has spent its summer playing theater gigs across the country and headlining events like Eschwege, Germany's August Open Flair Festival. In Eschwege, Rolling Stone's cameras followed the band from the hotel to the stage, and upon their return to the States, they wrote captions for all our photos:

"So jet-lagged. We all live in different parts of the country, so we'd flown separately. This was the first time we'd seen each other in a few weeks, walking around this beautiful, idyllic German town looking for coffee."

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