When we first heard a preview from Bad Religion’s upcoming 17th studio album Age of Unreason, we were all both surprised and not surprised. Surprised that Bad Religion are still so good after 16 albums, and not so surprised because the new track “Chaos From Within” was vintage Bad Religion.
The band have now unveiled the second track from Age of Unreason, titled “Do the Paranoid Style”, another blistering, uptempo track of political despoil and American discourse.
According to the band, “Do the Paranoid Style” is a song “inspired by historian Richard Hofstadter’s 1964 essay “The Paranoid Style in American Politics,” the song compares contemporary right-wing conspiracy theorizing to a feverish dance craze.”
The video certainly matches the tone and content of the song; nothing good old Cold War paranoia and dystopia to get your political juices flowing.
So what to expect from Age of Unreason? Same old Bad Religion, which is to say, same good Bad Religion. The new album drops May 3rd on Epitaph. Check out the video above and do the paranoid.