Bad Religion (1980-present): a Punk band from Los Angeles, California, USA.
merican punk rock band Bad Religion formed in Los Angeles, California in 1980. The band's lyrics cover topics related to religion, politics, society, the media and science. Despite the name of the band, or the band's logo, the members do not consider themselves antitheist. Greg Graffin (vocals) states that more often than not, the band prefers to use religion as a metaphor for anything that does not allow for an individual's freedom to think or express themselves as they choose. In this way, their songs are more about anti-conformity than anti-religion. Also contrary to popular belief, Graffin does not identify himself as an atheist, but chooses to identify as a 'naturalist'. As for politics, many of Bad Religion's lyrics are about different social ills, although they try not to associate the causes of these ills to any single person or group.
Musically, Bad Religion are noted for their melodic sensibilities and extensive use of three-part vocal harmonies. The band has experienced multiple line-up changes, with singer Graffin being the band's only constant member, though fellow founding members Jay Bentley (bass) and Brett Gurewitz (guitar/backing vocals) have also been with the band for most of their history. Guitarist Brian Baker has been a member of the group since 1994. Mike Dimkich (guitars) and Jamie Miller (drums) have been members of the band since 2013 and 2015 respectively. Of note is other past members in the form of drummers Jay Ziskrout, Pete Finestone, Davy Goldman, Lucky Lehrer, John Albert and most recently Brooks Wackerman, bassists Paul Dedona and Tim Gallegos, and guitarist Greg Hetson. Drummer Pete Finestone has left Bad Religion on more than one occasion to focus on his other band The Fishermen.
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On April 29, 2020, Bad Religion cancelled all of their tour dates for that year, including a co-headlining US tour with Alkaline Trio, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning that 2020 would be the first time in their history that the band did not perform at least one show.
Bad Religion's discography over the years ballooned to include How Could Hell Be Any Worse? (1982), Into the Unknown (1983), Suffer (1988), No Control (1989), Against the Grain (1990), Generator (1992), Recipe for Hate (1993), Stranger than Fiction (1994), The Gray Race (1996), No Substance (1998), The New America (2000), The Process of Belief (2002), The Empire Strikes First (2004), New Maps of Hell (2007), The Dissent of Man (2010), True North (2013) and Age of Unreason (2019).
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Bad Religion performing in 2018.
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Dashboard for Bad Religion