Never a band to shy away for shedding light on both social and political issues, Bad Religion has unveiled the latest track from their upcoming album “Age Of Unreason” set for release on May 3rd via Epitaph Records. The song “Do The Paranoid Style” is a delightfully catchy earworm but unlike most earworm songs this hard-hitting track has a deeper meaning.
We love songs that make you think and give the political and social unrest that our country is going through these days, “Do The Paranoid Style” sends the perfect message about what the mindset of the people is these days. We are in trying times and aren’t we all just a little bit paranoid sometimes?
Inspired by historian Richard Hofstadter’s 1964 essay “The Paranoid Style in American Politics,” the song compares contemporary right-wing conspiracy theorizing to a feverish dance craze. The accompanying video directed by Dan Fusselman depicts mid-century American propaganda film imagery against a backdrop of rock n’ roll dancing. According to guitarist and co-songwriter, Brett Gurewitz “When fringe groups blame shadowy forces for their problems it is, at worst, delusional. But when those holding the levers of power do the same thing, it’s not a delusion, it’s a method of delegitimizing the opposition. It’s a tool of authoritarianism.”
Age Of Unreason is Bad Religion’s 17th studio album and was co-produced by Carlos de la Garza. It is a timely work inspired by today’s polarized political landscape. Society’s step backward has propelled the legendary band decidedly forward, resulting in both a dire warning and a testament to resilience. The overall message: seek truth about the world and oneself.
“The band has always stood for enlightenment values,” co-songwriter and guitarist Brett Gurewitz explains. “Today, these values of truth, freedom, equality, and tolerance are in real danger. This record is our response.”
Age Of Unreason Track Listing:
1. Chaos From Within
2. My Sanity
3. Do The Paranoid Style
4. The Approach
5. Lose Your Head
6. End of History
7. Age of Unreason
9. Faces of Grief
10. Old Regime
11. Big Black Dog
13. Since Now
14. What Tomorrow Brings
15. The Profane Rights of Man (bonus)
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