In a recent press article, Bad Religion members and founders Greg Graffin and Brett Gurewitz talked about the making of their anticipated upcoming sixteenth studio album True North, which will arrive on January 22nd.
About the album’s direction, Brett explains: “We went back to our original mission statement of short concise bursts of melody and thought. The intent was to record stripped down punk songs without sacrificing any conceptual density.” He later added, “I think we both really responded to the challenge of writing short and fast songs on this record. The constraints set us free. Like moves in a game of chess, there are really as many variations as there are stars in the galaxy.”
About the songwriting, Greg states, “I think working within certain restrictions took away the mental aspect and let us devote more attention to conveying feeling. We all go through pain and the best elements of punk give us hope in those dark times.”
Greg also explained the concept behind the album’s title track “True North”, which will serve as its opening track, “The song is written from the perspective of a kid who is running away. He says ‘I’m out of here, I’m off to find true north.’ It’s about recognizing that you don’t fit in and trying to find a truth and purpose. Those are all classic punk themes.”
True North is the follow-up to 2010’s The Dissent of Man and Greg Graffin has hinted that it could be their last one. The first song from the album, “Fuck You”, was premiered last week, and in case you haven’t checked it out yet, go here.
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