Bad Religion Greg Graffin Essays
The track "Chaos From Within" uses the band's iconic fast, powerful and melodic sound to examine the current border wall controversy with the lyrics, "Threat is urgent, existential / with patience wearing thin / but the danger's elemental / it's chaos from within." As co-songwriter and lead singer Greg Graffin says: "Throughout history, walls have been used to keep the barbarians out, But it seems to me that the truly barbaric aspect of a civilization is the chaos that comes from within." "Age Of Unreason" is BAD RELIGION's 17th studio album and was co-produced by Carlos de la Garza.
It is a timely work of immense power and one of their very best.
I suppose one way to start is forcing yourself pay attention to the world around you.
Thus Age of Unreason, the new album by Bad Religion, their first in a half-dozen years.
Age of Unreason fits nicely with their recent work, even if it has been six years since they released their last album, True North.
Graffin’s vocals are less angry, perhaps, but if so then they’re conversely more bitter and ironic.
The overall message being — seek truth about the world and oneself.
As Graffin, who holds a Ph D in the history of science, says: "When I saw all these headlines about how terrible our world had become, I started doing a lot of reading.
The new album’s a solid entry in their catalogue, a literate dissection of the undercurrents of insanity in the public life of the present day; an album about the Trump era that doesn’t talk about Trump specifically but about the mindset that raises up a Trump. Only one song, the closer “What Tomorrow Brings,” breaks the three-minute barrier.Today, these values of truth, freedom, equality, tolerance, and science, are in real danger.This record is our response.” That’s a fair assessment of the lyrical themes that run through the songs.Overall the more you listen to the album the richer it becomes, touching at various spots on classic rock, the kind of country folk found on singer Greg Graffin’s solo work, and old-fashioned pop. The title of the album’s justified by the songs, which touch on the challenge rationality faces from paranoia and populism.In a statement publicising the album, guitarist Brett Gurewitz said, “The band has always stood for enlightenment values…I read about the French revolution, the American Revolution, the Civil War, and I started to recognize that this is a pattern of history and something we should never venture into. Every school child should know this but it's hard to get people to read about these things. Because right now, with social media, we are just playing a version of kill the guy with the ball." "Age Of Unreason" track listing: 01. Punk rock used to be synonymous with youthful anger.Look at the song titles: “Chaos From Within” (about the border wall and the true source of chaos, among other things), “Do the Paranoid Style” (updating for the Trump era Richard Hofstadter’s essay “The Paranoid Style in American Politics” originally written in response to Barry Goldwater), “Lose Your Head” (oddly rueful, with its cry “maybe we'd all benefit from some epistemic humility”), and especially the title track.Bad Religion is perhaps the last band that would idealize the past.But for the most part this isn’t an exercise in speed.Even a song like “Faces of Grief,” built around sheer velocity for most of its 65-second length, finds different sounds among its warp-speed riffs and gang shouts.