Esteemed punk legends Bad Religion performed their version of O Come, O Come Emmanuel, from their newest album Christmas Songs, last week on Conan.
Bad Religion’s well-received Christmas album, Christmas Songs, was released earlier this year on Epitaph. In January the band also released their 16th studio album, True North, making 2013 a monumental year of two special Bad Religion records.
This week, Christmas Songs came in at number seven on the Billboard Hard Rock chart and number 17 on the Billboard Independent Album chart. And in the true spirit of giving, 20% of proceeds from Christmas Songs will be donated to SNAP, Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests. Additionally, Bad Religion has bestowed daily “gifts” to fans, via their own Bad Religion advent calendar, launched on December 1. Fans are encouraged to visit the site badreligion.com to “unlock” daily reveals. Gifts have included free track downloads, merchandise coupons, a holiday card generator and the most popular gift – a per click donation from Bad Religion to a food bank, generating approximately $10k for charity, crashing the site and seeing the band at number one on Reddit.com for the day.
Co-songwriter and guitarist Brett Gurewitz calls Christmas Songs the, “…most subversive album we’ve done”. While co-songwriter and vocalist Greg Graffin got his start singing in grade school and has a personal connection to these songs. Listen to Gurewitz and Graffin talk about Christmas Songs on NPR Weekend Edition with host Rachel Martin here.
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.