Bands like Bad Religion just seem to come along at those perfect moments in life. Like the weekend you heard Black Sabbath for the first time as your neighbour coincidentally through an old guitar out on the curb, or when you really started listening to The Clash– after you had finally gotten some moves but refused to stop jumping around. I found Bad Religion buried at the bottom of a box marked PriVAte!! that the pastor’s daughter had hidden in her closet. She might have been secretly sporting a CrossBuster t-shirt for obvious, rebellious reasons but I knew, even then, the impact of those words sneaking out from her Walkman was greater than any spirited sermon on what was expected of me.
Everyone begging for an answer without regard to validity.
The searching never ends, it goes on and on and on for eternity.
-Greg Graffin (“The Answer” Bad Religion)
Twenty years, close to a dozen albums, and several publications later, Greg Graffin is still out there showing generations of rabble-rousers how to think analytically, and for themselves.
September 15th marks the release of his newest book “Population Wars: A New Perspective on Competition and Coexistence” that dissects ecology and population management while challenging aspects of evolutionary theory that converge on ideology and conventional human warfare. Giving the academic treatment to concepts and ideas that served as the building blocks to tracks from Bad Religion’s ever-expanding catalogue, Population Wars is Greg Graffin’s follow up to his 2010 religion-vs-evolution think piece “Anarchy Evolution”, and the most polite debate I’ve come across in the internet age, “Is a Belief in God Good, Bad, or Irrelevant?” (Written by Preston James).
Think, Richards Dawkins with a mohawk.
Searching for philosophy of life can be a drag on the soul.
Nowadays we pick and choose the pieces from other people’s wisdom of old.
-Greg Graffin (“Changing Tide” Bad Religion)
Select preorder bundles available through Bad Religion’s online store include a limited 7″ EP of re-recorded acoustic tracks, hand picked by Greg Graffin as his main influences for the themes in Population Wars. Included among them are “Faith Alone” from their seminal album Against the Grain, and “Changing The Tide” from the band’s most recent effort (if you’re not counting the Christmas album), True North.
If the four songs selected as companion pieces for this book are any indication of the heart behind Greg Graffin’s dissertation of natural history and human nature, “Evolution Wars” promises to as impactful as every set of lyrics that refused to leave you, like decades old graffiti that only seemed to improve as time worn it down.