Very few punk bands crack into the mainstream and even less of them do it with a political message. Chicago’s Rise Against have screamed for political activism and social responsibility since 1999, but it wasn’t until the release of their major label debut, Siren Song of the Counter Culture, that they did it on a mass scale. The album sold in excess of 500,000 copies and introduced their viewpoint and ideals to a whole new audience.

It’s a strange phenomenon, but there seems to be something special about bands that only stay together for a short span. Take for instance The Beatles or Led Zeppelin, two of rock and roll’s greatest ever groups and they each lasted only one decade. Nirvana, the most popular rock band of the 1990s, lasted only about seven years before the band split up…