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Written By: Josh Davis
Doctor Greg Graffin is a 52-year-old who double-majored in anthropology and geology who went on to receive a Ph.D. from Cornell University. Dr. Graffin also a science professor, has been the primary Bad Religion songwriter alongside the original background singer and guitarist, Brett Gurewitz. From the classroom to the stage, Dr. Graffin is the voice of the 30-year-old iconic Los Angeles punk rock band, Bad Religion. Bad Religion has been signed to Gurewitz record label, Epitaph Records for most of their career, due to the labels unexpected success from then-current acts, The Offspring and Rancid, Gurewitz decided to depart from Bad Religion in 1994. Even after all the years being dismembered from the band, Gurewitz has still played a significant role in the Bad Religion family.
In 2017, Doctor Graffin, also a renowned author, has decided it’s time to release another solo album titled “Millport” that will be produced by Brett Gurewitz and will be out on March 17th on Epitaph sister label, Anti Records. The great thing about “Millport” is, even though the rhythm-section is coming from members of Bad Religion, the songs sound nothing like Bad Religion, which I believe is what most people expected. Dr. Graffin also recruited from Label mate’s rhythm section, Social Distortion, Jonny “Two Bags” to help what would become a catchy authentic country rock album.
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”
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