Los Angeles born punk band Bad Religion formed in 1980 and gained a cult following for their early material that included the their first four studio albums, kicked off by the third LP Suffer, which has been listed as one of the “most important punk albums of all time”. The band will be embarking on a tour of the UK in August.
Together with a number of Gold certified records, Bad Religion have grown to become one of the best selling punk rock bands ever. Aside from influencing todays third wave punk bands that include NOFX and Fat Mike, Bad Religion have been known to heavily voice their political views within their work, most notably in their 2004 LP The Empire Strikes First.
The sizable number of albums that bad Religion have fabricated all feature Greg Graffin on lead vocals, the only member of the band to remain throughout its life. The 1994 album Stranger Than Fiction became the best selling LP from Bad Religion as it was awarded a Gold record in the US and Canada, with several of their other albums following suit pipping high spots in the US Album Charts.
Since Bad Religion’s most recent album True North hit the shelves in 2013, the band have announced that they will be beginning work on a brand new album this year, so expect to hear brand new tracks before anyone else, alongside plenty of their influential classics, as they prepare to descend on the UK this August, with shows at Manchester’s The Ritz (Monday 3rd), Leeds (Tuesday 4th), Birmingham’s The Institute (Wednesday 5th) and in London, where they will play The Forum (Saturday 8th).
Words by Josh Plews
Image courtesy of Bad Religion