Bad Religion have premiered a new song titled “Emancipation Of The Mind.” The track is an outtake from the band’s 2019 album “Age Of Unreason” and Greg Graffin had the following to say about it:
“I think the song really is a celebration of enlightenment values that can be cultivated through enthusiastic learning and open-mindedness. So often we’re told what to think. But learning how to think (as opposed to learning what to think) is a true feeling of emancipation from the constraints of indoctrination that are so commonplace in our society.”
Bad Religion will be celebrating their 40th anniversary with a four-part streaming series titled “Decades.” Each set was filmed live at The Roxy Theatre in Hollywood, California and they all focus on different decades.
Here’s the dates:
12/12: “Bad Religion: The ’80s”
12/19: “Bad Religion: The ’90s”
12/26: “Bad Religion: The ’00s”
01/02: “Bad Religion: The ’10s”
The following was said about each performance:
* The ’80s – Bad Religion performs songs from “How Could Hell Be Any Worse”, “Suffer” and “No Control”. They discuss what it was like being young punks in a world of Pacman, Reaganomics and televangelism.
* The ’90’s – Bad Religion performs songs from “Against The Grain”, “Generator”, “Recipe For Hate”, “Stranger Than Fiction”, “The Gray Race” and “No Substance”. This decade cemented their position as one of the most influential and prolific bands of our time, but it didn’t come easy or without cost; the band discusses the growing pains and lessons learned.
* The ’00s – Bad Religion performs songs from “The New America”, “The Process Of Belief”, “The Empire Strikes First” and “New Maps Of Hell”. Returning home and charging forward into a new millennium, Bad Religion continued to awe with their prowess, releasing some of their most beloved material to date.
* The ’10s – Bad Religion performs songs from “The Dissent Of Man”, “True North” and “Age Of Unreason”. The COVID-19 pandemic cut short their plans to tour in support of “The Age Of Unreason” and are now performing material never seen live before. The band discusses the gratitude they live with every day looking back on 40 years of being Bad Religion and the legacy they are still actively creating.”
Greg Graffin commented:
“I can speak for the whole band when I say that we were so disappointed to not be able to tour this year. It is our fans and all those concerts we play each year that provide the life-force of Bad Religion. ‘Decades’ allows new fans as well as those who were there at the beginning to get a rich overview of our entire career and witness the changes in songwriting and performance styles at each stage of our evolution.”
Tickets are available HERE.
Bad Religion have premiered a new song titled “What Are We Standing For.” The band commented:
“In this time of tribal nationalism, dissent, as a form of political speech, is vital to democracy. ‘What Are We Standing For’ is an outtake from ‘Age Of Unreason’. It is one of support and compassion for professional athletes, and others, whom have taken a knee to protest police brutality and racism.”
Bad Religion have shared a demo version of their song “Don’t Lose Your Head.” The final version of that track appeared on the band’s 2019 album “Age Of Unreason.” The group commented:
“Here’s a demo version of ‘Don’t Lose Your Head’, with a faster tempo and alternate lyrics that Brett and Greg developed at Brett’s home studio. When producer Carlos de la Garza was brought on board, he suggested trying a slower version. We liked both versions equally so, when we entered Sunset Sound to record ‘Age Of Unreason’, we decided to work on basic tracks for both and choose later. It was a close call but ultimately we chose the slow version. This demo version is the result of taking previously unreleased rhythm tracks from the Sunset Sound sessions and combining them with the original home demo recordings to bring the fast version of the song to life.”
Bad Religion recently released a reimagined version of “Faith Alone” and now it looks like more new music is on the way. During a recent interview with Q104.3, Greg Graffin said that the group have “a string of other singles” that they are planning to release amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Graffin said the following while discussing the band’s postponed touring plans:
“Bad Religion still has a pretty grueling touring schedule. We’d sold a lot of tickets this year. And by March, obviously, it was clear that we were gonna be sidelined. Yet still, we reassured our fans that we were going to honor those tickets, and as soon as we’re through this crisis, we will.
A band is a lot more than just playing live, so we’ve tried to maintain our sanity and offer something to the fans. We just put out a single called ‘Faith Alone 2020’; you can find it on streaming services. And we’ve got a string of other singles that are gonna be coming out during this time. Because when we’re not on tour, we spend a lot of time in the studio. And now we all have music rooms and we all have Pro Tools studios at our houses. And we’re trying to fill in the time by doing creative, collaborative works like that.”
He also added:
“If you’re a creative band, you’re active right now. Because regardless of what a lot of bands will tell you, it’s not that easy to write music when you’re on tour. You have to partition your energy. And the idea of a band getting together after a concert, getting in a bus and just writing music, in our experience, that just doesn’t happen. Good writing is really a time of reflection, and it happens at times like these. So I think creative bands can be in a really good mode right now of producing material. As far as getting out there and playing, there’s only a certain number of venues, and everyone’s gonna be wanting to get out into those venues. So it remains to be seen how we’re going to partition the tours in the next year. But bands like Bad Religion, certainly, we have committed ourselves — we’ve already sold tickets, and I think those will be honored in the normal way.”
Bad Religion have shared a reworked version of their song “Faith Alone.” The new version of the track was recorded remotely and it includes vocals and piano from Greg Graffin, additional instrumentation from Brett Gurewitz, drums from Jamie Miller, and strings from Stevie Blacke.
“I have always written songs on piano. Some of our earliest songs were written on my mom’s piano. I’ve been home a lot and so I started recording a bunch of our songs that way. Brett thought ‘Faith Alone’ was particularly relevant for this moment. For me, it exemplifies what’s special about the band, which is that we write songs that go to the spiritual and intellectual aspects of human existence.”
“I think the message of ‘Faith Alone’ really resonates with everything that’s happening right now. Racial injustice, Trump, the COVID pandemic, the rejection of science, none of these things can be solved by burying our heads in the sand. We’ve always believed problems can be solved through reason and action, not faith and prayer. It’s what we’ve been writing about since the band started.”
Bad Religion and Alkaline Trio have postponed their co-headlining tour due to the coronavirus pandemic. Bad Religion posted the following on Instagram:
Bad Religion’s autobiography “Do What You Want: The Story of Bad Religion” is set to be released on August 18. The band co-wrote the book with Jim Ruland and it can be pre-ordered HERE.
Here’s a description of the book:
“DO WHAT YOU WANT: The Story of Bad Religion reveals the ups and downs of the band’s 40-year career. From their beginnings as teenagers jamming in a San Fernando Valley garage dubbed “The Hell Hole” to headlining major music festivals around the world, DO WANT YOU WANT tells the whole story in irreverent style.
While DO WHAT YOU WANT tracks down nearly all of Bad Religion’s members past and present, the chief storytellers are the four voices that define Bad Religion: Greg Graffin, a Wisconsin kid who sang in the choir and became an L.A. punk rock icon while he was still a teenager; Brett Gurewitz, a high school dropout who founded the independent punk label Epitaph Records and went on to become a record mogul; Jay Bentley, a surfer and skater who gained recognition as much for his bass skills as for his onstage antics; and Brian Baker, a founding member of Minor Threat who joined the band in 1994 and brings a fresh perspective as an intimate outsider.
With a unique blend of melodic hardcore and thought-provoking lyrics, Bad Religion paved the way for the punk rock explosion of the 1990s, opening the door for bands like NOFX, The Offspring, Rancid, Green Day, and Blink-182 to reach wider audiences. They showed the world what punk could be, and they continue to spread their message one song, one show, one tour at a time-with no signs of stopping.”
Bad Religion and Alkaline Trio have announced a co-headlining North American tour. You can find the dates for that run below.
03/26 Los Angeles, CA – The Palladium
03/27 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
03/28 Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theatre
03/30 Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom
04/01 Austin, TX – Stubb’s
04/02 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
04/04 Orlando, FL – House of Blues
04/06 Norfolk, VA – The NorVA
04/07 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
04/08 Buffalo, NY – Buffalo RiverWorks
04/10 Asbury Park, NJ – Convention Hall
04/11 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
04/13 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
04/14 Toronto, ON – Rebel
04/15 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
04/17 Columbus, OH – Express Live!
04/18 Chicago, IL – Radius
04/19 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Club
Bad Religion have announced a fall U.S. tour. You can find the dates for that run below.
09/17 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
09/18 St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live!
09/19 Orlando, FL – House of Blues
09/21 Asbury Park, NJ – Sea. Here. Now.
09/23 Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
09/24 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
09/26 Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
09/27 Birmingham, AL – Iron City
09/28 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
09/30 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
10/01 Houston, TX – House of Blues
10/02 Austin, TX – Emo’s
10/04 Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theatre
10/05 Phoenix, AZ – Van Buren
10/06 San Diego, CA – SOMA
10/08 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
10/09 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
10/12 Sacramento, CA – Aftershock