Acoustic balladry and a string quartet added to Rise Against’s repertory shocked many of the Chicago band’s loyal hardcore supporters, but bassist Joe Principe defended the decision to Time Off magazine. “When we first started using strings, people were asking if we were afraid our fans would call us sell-outs because we’re incorporating classical instruments,” Principe said. “But we don’t see if that way. Something we’ve always been really big fans of are string instruments, and when tastefully done it’s effective. It compliments the song ‘Roadside’ very well.” The article at timeoff.com.au has since been removed.