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Greg Graffin posts fall solo tour dates

Greg Graffin, front man of Bad Religion, has announced a short string of West Coast dates in support of his latest solo record, Millport.

The PhD and punk rocker dabbles in evolutionary biology, anthropology, lecturing, writing and finds the time now and then to pursue his musical passion for Americana and roots-folk music. His latest effort, Millport, is a 10 track journey through the American folk and roots music that Graffin sees as his earliest inspirations: inspirations that have a lasting impact on the punk rock of Bad Religion.

I’ll be sitting, and waiting patiently for East Coast shows. In the meantime, here’s the dates:

SEP 12 Seattle, WA Tractor Taver
SEP 13 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
SEP 14 SanFrancisco, CA The Chapel


DS Interview: Greg Graffin on his latest solo effort and new Bad Religion

A couple Fridays ago (March 10th, to be precise) Greg Graffin released a stellar new album, Millport (ANTI- Records). It marks the first time in more than a decade that the Bad Religion frontman has pressed the “pause” button on his punk rock day job in favor of a more traditional, folksy Americana vibe. Millport features not only a core lineup that should seem very familiar to fans of both punk and Americana: Social Distortion‘s Jonny “Two Bags” Wickersham, Brent Harding, and David Hidalgo Jr., but it also includes production credit from Brett Gurewitz, long the musical yin to Graffin’s yang.

While Graffin and his Millport session colleagues rank as some of the most legendary names in punk rock, a project like this allowed them to let go of the traditional constraints of trying to hone a singular sound. “The great thing about this project is that you’re hearing unconstrained love of the songs, and unconstrained love of creating something that we felt was a blend of many genres and therefore something that’s truly creative,” says Graffin, though he quickly points out that none of that is to say that crafting a new Bad Religion album is formulaic; it’s just a different standard. “It’s one of the great challenges as artist is to maintain the tradition of his or her prior work. That’s hard to do. It normally takes (Bad Religion) two years to put out an album. Why has it taken us four year to release an album after True North? Well, True North was such a great album — and we owe it to our fans to take it seriously as a great album — that to do another one is going to take a lot more work.

Graffin and company holed up at California’s Studio 606 and Big Bad Sound for ten days of creating and recording last April, in what he says was basically akin to “hitting record and having a party.” The result is an album that’s the strongest and most cohesive of his solo career, with sounds that range from folk to bluegrass to 70’s rockers that would make Neil Young and Crazy Horse proud. Perhaps the album’s most upbeat singalong is “Time Of Need,” with it’s “Hey Man!” chorus that draws heavily on traditional Gospel hymnals, a bit of a curious decision for someone who’s spent close to four decades fronting a band called Bad Religion. He explains: “One of the greatest things about religion — if it can be said from a guy in Bad Religion — there’s something good about it and it has nothing to do with theology or the philosophy of it, but it has a lot to do with the music. The music is what is handed down through the generations, and punk rock is a kind of roots music now.

Instead of focusing on the lure of paradise and an eternal afterlife, “Time Of Need” places the responsibility for making things better squarely on the shoulders of the listener, and of humanity. “In the old days,” says Graffin, “the Gospels would sing about how hard times were and how God is going to deliver us. What I’m trying to say is that God’s not going to deliver us. We have to be responsible ourselves for this changing environment and changing surroundings. No religion can help this time of need.”

We caught up with Graffin over the phone during a recent late winter blizzard that blanketed much of the Northeast with some of the biggest snow totals of the season. As you might imagine, we talked quite a bit about Graffin and Gurewitz’s long history as collaborators, and just how the solo, Americana projects inspire the two punk rock icons in ways we might not have expected. We also touched on just what the Social D trio brought to the project, and how Graffin hopes to balance solo and Bad Religion material going forward while raising the bar in both areas.

Head below to read our full Q&A!

 



Greg Graffin talks about Bad Religion’s future, Brooks Wackerman leaving for Avenged Sevenfold

Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin, who released his new solo album Millport about a week ago, recently spoke to Loudwire about the future of the band, which includes a new album and a 40th anniversary celebration, which will be in 2020. He explains:

“There’s no end in sight. In fact, in two-and-a-half years, there’s a very important 40th anniversary milestone. Another album is on the horizon, but True North was such a good album that I don’t want to put out something that indicates we’re aging, so it’s gotta be as good as True North. [Laughs] We do plan on getting another record out there, hopefully before that 40th anniversary.”

Graffin also talked about drummer Brooks Wackerman’s decision to leave the band for Avenged Sevenfold, saying, “It wasn’t until he announced it [that I knew he was joining Avenged Sevenfold] but he did tell us he was leaving for greener pastures, but he didn’t put it that way. He gave us ample notice. It was not at all bitter, it was wishing him the best of luck.”

Wackerman was replaced by Jamie Miller, who has played in many bands such as …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, Snot and Souls at Zero (formerly Wrathchild America). He was, however, not the only member of Bad Religion to have left the band in recent years; longtime guitarist Greg Hetson left the band shortly after the release of their latest album True North in 2013 and was replaced by Mike Dimkich, formerly of The Cult.



New Music: Greg Graffin – “Backroads Of My Mind” from upcoming full-length, “Millport”

There’s a new track streaming from Greg Graffin‘s upcoming solo album, Millport. It’s called “Backroads Of My Mind,” and you can check it out here.

About the track, Graffin, the legendary Bad Religion frontman, has this to say:

“Those old roads, like my memories, have long been neglected and lately are in decline.”

Millport is due out March 10th via ANTI- Records, and finds Graffin backed by three-quarters of the current Social Distortion lineup: Johnny Wickersham on guitar, David Hidalgo Jr. on drums, and Brent Harding on bass. Stay tuned for more on this one as release day approaches.

 



Greg Graffin announces solo tour dates

Greg Graffin, frontman from legendary punk band Bad Religion, has announced a handful of tour dates in support of his upcoming album, “Millport.” In addition to still-unannounced appearances at Austin’s SXSW Festival in March, Graffin will play a half-dozen shows late next month. Head below for details.

“Millport” is due out March 10th via ANTI- Records, and finds Graffin backed by three-quarters of the current Social Distortion lineup: Johnny Wickersham on guitar, David Hidalgo Jr. on drums, and Brent Harding on bass. Stay tuned for more on this one as release day approaches.



Greg Graffin (Bad Religion) announces new solo album “Millport”

Greg Graffin, the lead singer of the iconic California punk band Bad Religion, has announced that he will release his long-awaited new solo album, Millport, on March 10th via ANTI- Records.

Produced by Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz, Millport will be Graffin’s first solo album since 2006’s Cold as the Clay, and features three of the current members of Social Distortion (Jonny “Two Bags” Wickersham, Brent Harding and David Hidalgo Jr.). The album’s track listing can be found below, along with a stream of the track “Making Time”.

Last October, we reported that Bad Religion were going to begin writing a new album, which will be their first since 2013’s True North, and is due for release later this year.