“We were literally doing a new album a year back then. When Suffer turned 25 in 2013, I thought, “Man, that’s amazing.’ Then No Control turned 25 and we didn’t even talk about it. I thought that was kind of sad. And now, Against the Grain’s going to be 25. It’s kind of weird.”
Then Jay added, “Everybody has their own idea of what was the most important album. I think Suffer, No Control, and Against the Grain all seem to be sort of this package deal for a lot of people. Those three records came out within three years and I think they illustrated who we were and what we were doing as a band. Against the Grain turning 25 is sort of an indication of the end of that era.”
Against the Grain was originally released on November 23rd, 1990 through Epitaph Records, and became Bad Religion’s biggest selling record, selling more than 100,000 copies. It is also notable for the inclusion of “21st Century (Digital Boy)”, which would be re-recorded for the band’s 1994 breakthrough album Stranger Than Fiction; it was that version that became a hit and made Bad Religion famous.
Bad Religion recently announced that they will enter the studio around this fall to begin work on a new album, which will be their first since 2013’s True North, and their first with Mike Dimkich, who replaced longtime guitarist Greg Hetson last year.
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