Bad Religion get in the holiday spirit
Revered punk rock legend Bad Religion has released a Christmas album, Christmas Songs. Christmas Songs features 8 new studio recordings of traditional Christmas hymns and an alternate mix of their single “American Jesus” by Andy Wallace. Get in the holiday spirit and listen to Bad Religion’s rendition of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” now: http://youtu.be/PLCxbXfyXCo.
Bad Religion will contribute 20% of proceeds from Christmas Songs to SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.
“This might be the most subversive album we’ve done,” co-songwriter and guitarist Brett Gurewitz explains. “To me, what the album is indirectly stating is that this music, and thus the world, can be powerful and beautiful stripped of god and religion. These are just really good songs, and a historically non-religious band like Bad Religion can perform them with as much power and feeling as anyone.”
The band’s iconic vocalist and co-songwriter, Greg Graffin has a personal connection with these songs. Graffin got his start as a singer when he was young boy in a church choir. His instructors found him so remarkable that he received a scholarship to a choir school. And thus, the voice of Bad Religion was born.
In a world still brimming with rampant anti-intellectualism, inequality and oppression, Bad Religion’s signature brand of sonically charged humanist dissent is as relevant as ever. And this Christmas season, just a little more ironic.
About Bad Religion
Quintessential Los Angeles punk rock pioneers Bad Religion formed in 1980 in the suburbs of Los Angeles by teenage friends. Bad Religion has become synonymous with intelligent and provocative West Coast punk rock and are considered one of the most influential and important bands in the genre. Over the past three decades the band has continually pushed social boundaries and questioned authority and beliefs armed only with propulsive guitars, charging drumbeats, thoughtful lyrics and an undying will to inspire and provoke anyone who will listen. Already having cemented their place in history as a groundbreaking band who helped create a movement in Los Angeles with classic releases like How Could Hell Be Any Worse?, Suffer, Recipe for Hate, Stranger Than Fiction, Process of Belief, The Dissent of Man, and most recently True North, Bad Religion continue to inspire and create with a unique style that continues to cross boundaries and transcends genres.
Christmas Songs Tracklisting
01. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
02. O Come All Ye Faithful
03. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
04. White Christmas
05. Little Drummer Boy
06. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
07. What Child Is This?
08. Angels We Have Heard On High
09. American Jesus (Andy Wallace Mix)