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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.



Greg Graffin on the next Bad Religion album

Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin just released his new solo album Millport, but earlier this week, he spoke to OC Register a little bit about the band’s long-awaited new album, saying that they are always talking about new music, but a new record could “take some time”. He added:

“As you get older you want to put stuff out that’s of higher quality than what came before it. Our last album, ‘True North,’ that was a benchmark for us. It was a fantastic album and surprisingly set a new standard for Bad Religion that we’re going to have to do better than.”

When the new Bad Religion album will be released is unknown, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated as more details come to light. Not only will it be their first since 2013’s True North, but their first one with new members Mike Dimkich (replacing Greg Hetson) on guitar and Jamie Miller (replacing Brooks Wackerman) on drums.



Bad Religion to play to UK shows prior to Rebellion Festival

California punk icons Bad Religion just announced not one but two UK shows that will take place right before their appearance at this year’s Rebellion Festival in Blackpool, which will take place on August 3rd.

The band will play at O2 Forum Kentish Town in London on August 1st and the O2 Academy in Bristol the day after. Tickets for these shows will go on general sale at 9:00 AM this Friday (March 3rd).

Bad Religion recently announced plans to begin writing a new album, due for release later this year or next year. It will be the band’s first studio album since 2013’s True North, and their first one with new members Mike Dimkich (replacing Greg Hetson) on guitar and Jamie Miller (replacing Brooks Wackerman) on drums.



Full line-up annouced for 2017 Montebello Rockfest (Iggy Pop, The Offspring, Bad Religion, Pennywise, etc.)

Montebello Rockfest (Formerly Amnesia Rockfest) has finally announced the full lineup for the annual festival’s 2017’s installment and, as usual, it’s pretty awesome. The festival takes place in Montebello, Quebec, from June 22rd-25th. The first two groups to be announced were Rammstein and The Offspring and then it became a waiting game, but it seems the wait was well worth it.

The 2017 lineup includes, but is not limited to: Iggy Pop, Bad Religion, Pennywise, The Specials, Goldfinger, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, Anti-Flag, Reverend Horton Heat, Agent Orange, Teenage Bottlerocket, Masked Intruder, Frenzal Rhomb, Face to Face and The Unseen.

Also special tribute bands have been assembled to honor Fugazi, Minor Threat, Sex Pistols, Ramones, Spinal Tap and Twisted Sister. Speaking of Twisted Sister we were very surprised to see Dee Snider’s name on the bill after last year’s fiasco when Snider and his band expressed deep displeasure with the festival; guess it wasn’t that bad after all. Other tributes will be held for a few of the best record labels of all time: Fat Wreck Chords, Hellcat Records, Epitaph and Sub Pop.

Wu-Tang Clan is also on the list this year and although they are not punk or metal this addition seems to make perfect sense. If you have never experienced Canada’s largest rock festival check out some of our coverage from last year HERE.

 



Punk Rock Bowling announces daily lineups for 2017 festival

While the full lineup for Punk Rock Bowling 2017 was announced back in January, you can now check out the daily lineups for all three days of the Vegas-based festival.

Not surprisingly, the three biggest acts (Iggy Pop, Bad Religion, and Cock Sparrer) are spread out over the three nights, with a slew of additional acts each day.  If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, you can pick up 3-day passes ($125) or single-day passes ($50) here.



Punk Rock Bowling announces full Las Vegas 2017 lineup

Alright, punk fans, it’s officially official. The 2017 lineup for Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas has been finalized and publicly announced. I’m too lazy to type it all out so just take a gander at the poster above and start mentally cataloguing who you’re most excited to see.

Still to come are the announcements about the after hour club shows but we’ll post those as soon as PRB starts releasing them.

Punk Rock Bowling takes place over Memorial Day Weekend (May 26th-29th) and is the one festival each year that the Dying Scene staff flies, drives, hitchhikes or crawls from the various basements across the globe that they reside in to meet in person. Keep an eye out for us in our snazzy Dying Scene t-shirts and be sure to tell us how much our site sucks.



OFF! added to Punk Rock Bowling 2017

California punks OFF! are the latest big name to join the 2017 Punk Rock Bowling lineup.

They join the already stacked lineup, featuring Bad Religion, Iggy Pop, Cock Sparrer, The Bouncing Souls, and many more. Check out the lineup so far, and get tickets, hotel, etc. here.



Bad Religion join Punk Rock Bowling 2017 lineup

Punk Rock Bowling is pulling out all of the cards for this year’s addition. They have officially announced that punk legends Bad Religion will be joining the already-stacked lineup. It has been 4 years since Bad Religion has played PRB and this is sure to be a doozy. You can get all the extra information including tickets and scheduling here.



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.



New documentary “Underground, Inc.” looks at 90s punk/metal/alternative scene

New York punk/noise legends White Zombie, legendary ska band Fishbone, and iconic punks Bad Religion will participate in a new documentary focusing on the punk, metal, and alternative music scene of the 1990s.  You can watch a trailer for the documentary, called Underground, Inc., below.

The documentary is still in the works and a release date has not been announced.  For more information, and to take a look at their Kickstarter campaign to fund the project, go here.



The Offspring, Bad Religion, NOFX, Less Than Jake and more to play PUNKSPRING 2017

The main lineup for next year’s PUNKSPRING, Japan’s annual punk-rock festival, has been announced. Appearing will be The Offspring, Bad Religion, NOFX, Less Than Jake, Brahman, MONOEYES, Zebrahead and more. This coming PUNKSPRING is set to be the final.

The festival has two dates, the first is March 25 at Kobe World Hall, Kobe. The second is in Tokyo on March 26, at Makuhari Messe 9-11 Hall. Tickets will be available to purchase here from the 28th of January on. Check out the fest poster below.



Bad Religion announce 2017 tour dates

California punk icons Bad Religion have announced the first batch of dates for a tour taking place next year. The tour’s current schedule includes mostly festival apperances in Europe as well as one in California and two in Japan, and the dates can be found below.

Bad Religion recently announced plans to begin writing a new album, due for release sometime in 2017. It will be the band’s first studio album since 2013’s True North, and their first one with new members Mike Dimkich (replacing Greg Hetson) on guitar and Jamie Miller (replacing Brooks Wackerman) on drums.



Lineup announced for 2016 MUSINK festival

The 10th annual MUSINK festival, presented by Travis Barker, is set for March 17, 18, and 19, 2017.  The festival features music, a tattoo convention, and a classic car show at the OC Fair & Events Center in Costa Mesa, CA. It is billed as the country’s largest tattoo and music festival.

This year’s lineup includes Bad ReligionNOFXThe UsedPennywise, and more.  You can see the lineup as it currently stands below.  If you’re lucky enough to be in the Costa Mesa area, you can find ticket info here.



Greg Graffin streams cover of Norman Blake’s “Lincoln’s Funeral Train”

Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin has released a cover of Norman Blake’s song “Lincoln’s Funeral Train.” The track features instrumental work by Social Distortion members  Jonny “Two Bags” Wickersham, Brent Harding, and David Hidalgo. You can give the song a listen below.

Graffin teased plans to release a solo album in an interview last year. However, he has not specified whether this cover will be appearing on the album. We’ll keep you in the loop.