Who would have thought you’d hear a Christmas album from Bad Religion? I know I didn’t! What’s next, A Gwar Hanukkah album? The band decided to share one of their tracks, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” with everybody to give you a little taste before the full-length Christmas album is released on October 29th.
Revered punk rock legend Bad Religion is releasing a Christmas album, Christmas Songs, on October 29. Christmas Songs features 8 new studio recordings of traditional Christmas hymns and an alternate mix of their single “American Jesus” by Andy Wallace.
Bad Religion will contribute 20% of proceeds from Christmas Songs to SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. For more information visit: http://www.snapnetwork.org/.
“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.
Fans are invited to pre-order the album by visiting www.badreligionstore.com.