Los Angeles punk-rockers Bad Religion have entered the studio to begin recording their 16th full-length album. The yet unnamed work is being recorded at Joe Barresi’s JHOC studio and co-produced by band members Brett Gurewitz, Greg Graffin and Barresi.
According to frontman Greg Graffin in 2011, “after this year you probably won’t be seeing much more of us. We’re going to try one more album and then all join the navy, do honest work”, suggesting that this may just be their final offering.
Additionally, in a May 2012 interview, Pennywise guitarist Fletcher Dragge stated that Bad Religion guitarist-songwriter Brett Gurewitz is writing a “fast” Bad Religion album. He went on to say that Pennywise’s new album All or Nothing inspired Gurewitz to write a sequel to the band’s 1989 album No Control.
The group’s trip to the recording studio comes at a busy time. Greg Graffin is preparing for his second year of teaching evolution at Cornell University and is writing a new book, Population Wars, for St. Martin’s Press. Gurewitz continues to shepherd his labels Epitaph and Anti- and recently received an Independent Spirit Award. Drummer Brooks Wackerman has been touring with Tenacious D and released a record by his band, Kidneys. And while all of this was happening, the iconic band has been performing all over the world, even appearing at the historic Reason Rally in Washington, D.C.
Formed in the suburbs of Los Angeles as disaffected teenagers, Bad Religion has generated numerous memorable hits and become synonymous with intelligent and provocative, hook-filled punk rock.