The sound of “Millport” is something most people in the punk rock community will have a hard time accepting, with it being a country rock album. “In punk rock community most would consider this project as the absolute antithesis of punk” says Gurewitz. This would be a risk for most artists who don’t have the kind of clout and a built-in fan base that Bad Religion and Social Distortion have. Going in a direction that your fans aren’t used to hearing can be considered “selling out” and that’s not a term people take lightly in the punk rock community. With changing the sound, Dr. Graffin has still stuck to his roots by offering his fans an in-your-face, pulls-no-punches political statement like Bad Religion has been doing since their existence.
It’s important for artists to be excited about writing songs and sometimes when a band has been around as-long-as Bad Religion you must find a way to reignite the flame. “This feels as exciting to me as when we made the Bad Religion “Suffer,” says Graffin. It’s important to go off on a journey and do something new and different to get excited and inspired again. When you turn “Millport” on just be ready to put your thinking caps on because Graffin is talking about real issues with real consequences. The first song released is called “Lincolns Funeral Train” followed by “Making Time,” listen to both below.
Greg Graffin – “Lincoln’s Funeral Train”
Greg Graffin – “Making Time”