I was in a band with Pete as he was starting Fall Out Boy and I was starting Rise Against. It was called Arma Angelus. I was the bass player. Let’s be fair: I was, like, the fifth bass player. It was just crazy, dark metal.” When McIlrath announced he was leaving to form Rise Against with Joe Principe, Wentz was cool with it. “He was like, ‘Cool. I got this kid who can sing his ass off. We’re going to start a band with Andy Hurley from Racetraitor. We’re going to play poppy songs and we’re going to become the biggest band in the world.’I’m like ‘Sure you are, Pete.’
—  Tim McIlrath