Greg Graffin To Release 'Anarchy Evolution' In September
August 17, 2010
Iconic singer, Greg Graffin
, of groundbreaking West Coast punk rock band Bad Religion
, will release his new book 'Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science and Bad Religion in a World Without God'
, co-authored with science journalist Steve Olson
, on September 28. The book will coincide with the release of Bad Religion's
new album 'The Dissent of Man'
. 'Anarchy Evolution'
is currently available for pre-order at www.Amazon.com
and bundled with 'The Dissent of Man'
. Additionally, a limited number of special signed, first editions of 'Anarchy Evolution'
are available for pre-order at www.AnarchyEvolution.com
until September 28 when Graffin
will kick off his book tour in New York City.
" Book Tour Dates:
9/28 - New York, NY - PowerHouse Arena (7:00 PM)
10/9 - Milwaukee, WI - Boswell Book Company (6:00 PM)
11/6 - Austin, TX - Books People (6:00 PM)
11/12 - Denver, CO - Tattered Cover Bookstore (6:00 PM)
11/19 - San Francisco, CA - Booksmith (6:00 PM)
Stay tuned to www.anarchyevolution.com
for up-to-date information about Graffin's
signings and appearances.
Bad Religion... 30 Year Anniversary, 15th Studio Album
August 1, 2010
Celebrating three decades of influential, thought provoking and groundbreaking punk rock, Bad Religion
will release their fifteenth studio album, 'The Dissent of Man'
, on September 28. The album's first single "The Devil in Stitches
" made its debut on the world famous KROQ 106.7
in Los Angeles this past Tuesday and can be heard now at www.myspace.com/badreligion
. Fans can preorder 'The Dissent of Man'
now at www.BadReligionStore.com
. Additionally, Bad Religion
will kick off a North American tour in October with support from Bouncing Souls
and Off With Their Heads
. Dates are listed below.'The Dissent of Man'
1. The Day That the Earth Stalled
2. Only Rain
3. The Resist Stance
4. Won't Somebody
5. The Devil in Stitches
6. Pride and the Pallor
7. Wrong Way Kids
8. Meeting of the Minds
9. Someone to Believe
12. Turn Your Back On Me
13. Ad Hominem
14. Where The Fun Is
15. I Won't Say Anything
As Bad Religion
wraps up their 30th anniversary, they open the next chapter of their storied career with 'The Dissent of Man'
. Stay tuned to www.badreligion.com
to hear new music from 'The Dissent of Man'
and for news about Bad Religion
09/04 - Edmonton, AB - SONiC BOOM (Buy Tix
09/05 - Squamish, BC - LIVE at Squamish (Buy Tix
09/26 - Fontana, CA - Epicenter (Buy Tix
10/07 - Detroit, MI - Clutch Cargo's*
10/08 - Chicago, IL - Riot Fest (Buy Tix
10/09 - Milwaukee, WI - Rave* (Tix Onsale 8/7
10/11 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's* (Tix Onsale 8/6
10/12 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues* (Buy Tix
10/14 - Toronto, ON - TBA*
10/15 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis* (Buy Tix
10/16 - Clifton Park, NY - Northern Lights* (Tix Onsale 8/7
10/18 - Boston, MA - House of Blues* (Tix Onsale 8/7
10/19 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory* (Tix Onsale 8/6
10/20 - New York, NY - Roseland (w/ Off With Their Heads
10/22 - Sayreville, NJ - TBA
10/23 - Atlantic City, NJ - TBA
10/24 - Baltimore, MD - TBA
10/26 - Atlanta, GA - TBA
10/27 - Tampa, FL - TBA
10/29 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - TBA
10/30 - Orlando, FL - TBA
10/31 - Myrtle Beach, SC - TBA
11/02 - St. Louis, MO - TBA
11/03 - Kansas City, MO - TBA
11/05 - Houston, TX - TBA
11/08 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre*
11/09 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee*
11/11 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre*
11/12 - Denver, CO - Fillmore*
11/13 - Salt Lake City, UT - In the Venue*
11/15 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre*
11/16 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom*
11/17 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo* (Tix Onsale 8/7
11/19 - San Francisco, CA - Regency Center - Grand Ballroom* (Tix Onsale 8/22
* = w/ Bouncing Souls
, Off With Their Heads
For More Information:www.badreligion.com www.myspace.com/badreligion
Bad Religion Recording 15th Studio Album
June 4, 2010
Three decades after recording their first incendiary songs as teenagers reared in the budding hardcore scene in Los Angeles, Bad Religion
are marking their 30 year anniversary with a new record, filled with both the free thinking ire that has fueled the band from the very beginning, and a certain introspection that comes only from long-lived experience.
"While we're celebrating our 30th anniversary as a band this year it's also a time when Greg
and I have embarked on new creative pursuits which have informed our songwriting process. I'm a new parent again and Greg
a new author having just completed his first book 'Anarchy Evolution'
," says Gurewitz
. "So the songs are a distillation of where we've been and who we are now...a natural evolution of creativity."
Working again with producer Joe Barresi
(Queens Of The Stone Age
), Bad Religion
entered the studio armed with 16 songs that are filled with deeply personal experiences, cautionary tales and a developing worldview, spanning the gauntlet from their signature high energy punk rock to a more introspective melodic sound.
"We wouldn't embark on this new creative endeavor, Brett
wouldn't have embarked on parenthood, I wouldn't have embarked on writing a book, if we hadn't reached a place in our lives where we felt the confidence that we had something to offer and that's what these songs represent," adds Graffin
. "They represent a new found confidence that things are starting to make sense to us."
"Being a new parent has colored my whole world," continues Gurewitz
. "As a result I've written songs that at least for me, are somewhat less angsty and more introspective and vulnerable. The experience has emboldened me to take some creative risks as a songwriter that I've not allowed myself to take before."
For More Information:www.badreligion.comwww.myspace.com/badreligion
Bad Religion Gives Back To Fans With Free Live Album
May 21, 2010
Earlier this week, groundbreaking punk rock group Bad Religion
began giving away a free digital album, '30 Years Live'
, which is available now as a thank you to fans for their loyal support over the last three decades. For a limited time only, fans are invited to sign up for the band's mailing list at http://www.badreligion.com/mailinglist.html
to receive a link to the free digital download of '30 Years Live'
Spanning the course of 30 years of genre defining music from the west coast's quintessential punk rock band, '30 Years Live'
was recorded during Bad Religion's
recently wrapped House of Blues tour of Southern California and features vigorous performances of fan favorites and rarities from their classic releases 'How Could Hell Be Any Worse'
, 'Recipe For Hate'
, 'Stranger Than Fiction'
, 'The Grey Race'
, 'Against The Grain'
, The Empire Strikes First'
. Additionally, the band is including live versions of two new songs "Won't Somebody
" and "Resist Stance
" that will be featured on the group's next album.
The 30th anniversary celebration continues this spring as Bad Religion
enters the studio where they are recording their 15th studio album which is due out this fall.
Stay tuned to www.badreligion.com
for updates and news about Bad Religion's
30th anniversary and new studio album!
'30 Years Live'
1. Fuck Armageddon, This is Hell
2. Dearly Beloved
4. Man With A Mission
5. New Dark Ages
6. Germs of Perfection
8. A Walk
9. Flat Earth Society
10. Resist Stance
11. American Jesus
12. Social Suicide
13. Atheist Peace
15. Won't Somebody
16. Los Angeles Is Burning
17. We're Only Gonna Die
For More Information:www.badreligion.comwww.myspace.com/badreligion
Bad Religion Kick Off 30th Anniversary With So Cal Tour
February 2, 2010
2010 marks the 30th anniversary of quintessential Los Angeles punk rock pioneers Bad Religion
, and to kick off the yearlong celebration the band will perform music spanning their storied career at multiple-night shows at House of Blues in Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Diego and Las Vegas beginning March 17. The band also announces that they are currently writing new music with plans to head to the studio this spring and release their 15th studio album later this fall, culminating their anniversary celebration.
Formed in 1980 in the suburbs of Los Angeles by teenage friends; guitarist Brett Gurewitz
, bassist Jay Bentley
and singer Greg Graffin
, with the additions of Greg Hetson
(1984-Present), Brian Baker
(1994-Present) and Brooks Wackerman
(2001-Present), Bad Religion
have become synonymous with intelligent and provocative West Coast punk rock and are considered one of the most influential and important bands in the genre. Over the past 3 decades the band has continually pushed social boundaries and questioned authority and beliefs armed only with propulsive guitars, charging drumbeats, thoughtful lyrics and an undying will to inspire and provoke anyone who will listen.
"The greatest feeling about this anniversary is that it is happening at all," says Graffin
. "I'm mostly uplifted by the fact that a vibrant and evolving punk scene still inspires young people all over the world. If Bad Religion
somehow serves as a symbol for the lasting importance of punk, then I am satisfied beyond words by reaching this milestone."
With 14 studio albums, countless worldwide tours and sold out shows, crossbusters tattooed, stitched and worn globally and a universal community of fans among other accolades, Bad Religion
have earned their spot in punk rock history and will continue the celebration of their distinguished career with extensive touring, new website, exclusive merchandise, surprise releases and a new album in 2010.
Tour Dates: (More dates to be added soon)
3/17 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
3/18 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
3/19 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
3/20 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
3/21 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
3/24 - Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
3/25 - Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
3/26 - Las Vegas, CA - House of Blues
3/27 - Las Vegas, CA - House of Blues
3/31 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
4/01 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
4/02 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
For More Information:www.myspace.com/badreligion www.epitaph.com
YEAR FORMED: 1980
HOME TOWN: Los Angeles, CA
Jay Bentley - Bass
Greg Hetson - Guitar
Greg Graffin - Vocals
Brian Baker - Guitar
Mr. Brett - Guitar
Brooks Wackerman - Drums
In a world ruled increasingly by superstition and intolerance, Bad Religion's rousing wall-of-sound punk seems about as necessary now as ever before. It is the impassioned sound of reason, anthems of a bittersweet idealism and a guarded hope set to propulsive guitars and charging drumbeats. And while most groups with even half the artistic output have long ago morphed into stylistic self parody, Bad Religion is currently surging forward with a renewed creative intensity.
Their fourteenth album, entitled New Maps of Hell, is both a nod to the band's defiant past and an undeniable step forward in the evolution of a genre they helped to define. While many of the new songs are as brutally fast and unflinchingly heartfelt as anything the band has done before, the record is also filled with unexpected sounds, inventive rhythms and lush pop choruses. "I think we're reaching back to our roots as a garage band and doing some really aggressive music," guitarist and co-songwriter Brett Gurewitz says. "But we're also trying to look forward and write some really interesting new rock songs."
After some years away, Gurewitz has been back in the fold for the previous two records, 'Process of Belief' and 'The Empire Strikes First', both discs widely accepted as a return to form for the veteran band. He is again accompanying his longtime friends, co songwriter and singer Greg Graffin and original bassist Jay Bentley. The (slightly) newer band members read like a punk rock all star team, with guitarist Greg Hetson of the legendary Circle Jerks and Brian Baker of hardcore pioneers Minor Threat. The latest addition being a startling young drum prodigy and sought after session drummer named Brooks Wackerman.
For this latest record, Bad Religion convened with renowned producer Joe Barresi at a downtown Hollywood recording studio just blocks from so many of the nightclubs and halls where the band first inspired legions of like minded young malcontents amidst the vibrant eighties Los Angeles punk scene. Back then, the band members had been young teen rebels from the dystopian suburbs of the nearby San Fernando Valley, leather clad intelligentsia lashing out at a pervasive culture of greed and conformity. And while the band might now look less like brash young upstarts and more like hip college professors (singer Graffin is, in fact, a college professor) - there's still a whole lot to rail against and the band is undeniably up to the task. "I think at heart, Bad Religion has always been anti-establishment and about open mindedness," Gurewitz says. "Since we we're kids, this country has vacillated between varying degrees of anti-intellectualism, machismo and religiosity - maybe now more than ever. And we write with a secular humanist world view which really goes against all that."
This sentiment is echoed in his lyrics to the blistering state-of-the-art hardcore of Welcome to the New Dark Ages. As a frantic wall of guitars power a rousing sing along chorus, Graffin's surprisingly soulful voice calls out: 'Welcome to the new dark ages / I hope you're living right / these are the new dark ages / and the world might end tonight / So how do you sleep - there's nothing to keep. This is deep / because we're animals with golden rules who can't be moved by rational views.' It is this world view which infuses so much of 'New Maps of Hell'. But there is also a sense of inner turmoil absent from the band's previous efforts. Where before there had been a defiant questioning and call for change, there is now an underlying sense of lost idealism - an acknowledgement that all the angry protest songs in the world could not prevent the mess we're in. And as unsettling as this sentiment might be for the longstanding firebrands, it has undoubtedly inspired a vital and emotionally charged record.
"Living in this world can leave you with a pretty bleak outlook," Graffin says, at the recording studio. "But then we still have that same naive hope we had as angry idealistic teenagers, that human beings will hear this music and think, 'This isn't right and I'm gonna do something about it.' There's a song called "Requiem for Dissent" on this record which is actually one of the more uplifting songs - the idea behind it being to try and raise the dead rebel from his grave." And while a stunning new record from one of the most influential bands in recent history may not be enough save this messed up world, it might very well inspire a few defiant souls into action. Watching the band rip through a live set in front of a few thousand exhilarated fans days after completing New Maps to Hell, the sheer power of Bad Religion's music is unquestionable. The kids are pressed against the barrier, many with eyes closed and fists raised, singing each lyric as if it means the world to them. The entire affair has an intensely inspirational and cathartic air, like some riotous punk rock baptism in the name of free thought and dissent.
"I think a lot of our fans are just angry nerds like us,"Gurewitz says afterwards. "And that's really who we write for. Being a humanist and an intellectual is about as rebellious as it gets these days." "In the end we do this because we still care deeply about inspiring people," Graffin adds. "I know that may sound a little lofty, but the truth is when I was a teenager, music was only thing that gave me hope in this world."