Bad Religion talk the Age of Unreason
“We wanted to, once again, with this record, light the flame”
Long-running punks Bad Religion released their 17th studio album, Age of Unreason, back in May. Met with a positive response, the album continues the band’s social commentary wrapped in their trademark soaring melodies and razor-sharp guitar work. This album is possibly their most poignant in recent years and includes songs like “Do The Paranoid Style” (a song that compares crazed conspiracy theories to feverish dance crazes) and “Chaos From Within“.
To provide insight on the new album, Epitaph Records and the band have put together a short documentary featuring commentary from members Greg Graffin, Jay Bentley, Brian Baker, and Jamie Miller (who replaced longtime drummer Brooks Wackerman in 2015). The doco sees them talk about some of the songs and their importance and impact in today’s society. Most poignantly perhaps, is Graffin’s statement that;
“society sucks… if you don’t encourage education, and enlightenment, and open-mindedness. Any time you enter a period in society where those messages are crushed or where the inspiration is gone, you enter the darker chapters of history. We wanted to, once again, with this record, light the flame; the candle of enlightenment. And hopefully, people will listen.”
Age of Unreason is out now on Epitaph Records. You can watch the film above, and read up on some of our previous Bad Religion coverage below:
Hangtime share “Can I Take You Out” video
There’s no escaping the 90s sound
Not too long ago we had a short chat with Canadian pop-punk band Hangtime about their new EP and the video for the track “One Nine Nine Five”. The aptly titled song is a throwback to a pop punk thought long gone but as this Toronto band will attest, is by no means dead. Now the band have debuted their new music video for the track “Can I Take You Out”; a sweetly romantic, melodic pop punk ode.
The track is a cut from their 2019 EP Invasion, which you can pick up via Bandcamp. Hangtime have a couple of upcoming Canadian shows on the horizon; with all the details available on their Facebook page.
When we spoke to the band and where their sound comes from, guitarist/vocalist Warren Gregson explained their influences;
“There’s no escaping the 90s sound I’m afraid, that’s just who we are. Actually, our biggest influences go back further than that. Most of us were first listening to bands like ALL, Misfits, Dag Nasty, Big Drill Car, Bad Religion, Doughboys, Nils… etc, back in the 80’s. I suppose that’s where the 90s sound for many other bands originated as well.”
Check out the new video and let’s reminisce about some good old school pop punk.
Longwave return with “If We Ever Live Forever”
Longwave still know how to make an impression
New York indie rockers Longwave are returning with their first album in a decade. Titled If We Ever Live Forever, the album is the follow-up to 2008’s Secrets Are Sinister. The band have recently been releasing new music over the last year, with the single “Stay With Me” hitting airwaves in October of last year. Longwave have now revealed the music video for the new song “If We Ever Live Forever”, which you can view above.
If We Ever Live Forever is due for release October 25th via Bodan Kuma Recordings and will be followed by a short run of dates through the eastern side of North America. You can pre-order the new Longwave album from the band’s webstore.
Longwave first burst on to the scene with 2000’s Endsongs, but really started making waves with their 2003 release The Strangest Things (which included the hit single “Tidal Wave”). The latter was the band’s major label debut for RCA Records. We last covered Longwave in 2005, reviewing their terrific album There’s A Fire.