Revered punk rock legends Bad Religion are releasing a Christmas album, Christmas Songs, on October 29. Christmas Songs features eight new studio recordings of traditional Christmas hymns and an alternate mix of their single American Jesus by Andy Wallace.
To get their fans into the holiday spirit (said in a sarcastic way), Bad Religion have unveiled O Come, O Come Emmanuel taken from the Christmas Songs album which will be released at the end of this month.
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/.
Co-songwriter and guitarist Brett Gurewitz said: “This might be the most subversive album we’ve done. 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 a 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.