Published Aug 06, 2020Bad Religion have plenty of protest anthems across their storied catalogue, and the punk vets have now shared a reworked version of "Faith Alone."
The 2020 rework of the song, which appears on 1990's Against the Grain, has been affixed with string arrangements and piano from Stevie Blacke and frontman Greg Graffin, respectively.
"I have always written songs on piano," Graffin explained in a statement. "Some of our earliest songs were written on my mom's piano. I've been home a lot and so I started recording a bunch of our songs that way. Brett [Gurewitz] thought 'Faith Alone' was particularly relevant for this moment. For me, it exemplifies what's special about the band, which is that we write songs that go to the spiritual and intellectual aspects of human existence."
Gurewitz explained, "I think the message of 'Faith Alone' really resonates with everything that's happening right now. Racial injustice, Trump, the COVID pandemic, the rejection of science, none of these things can be solved by burying our heads in the sand. We've always believed problems can be solved through reason and action, not faith and prayer. It's what we've been writing about since the band started."
Hear "Faith Alone 2020" below.
Bad Religion's new autobiography lands later this month. Their most recent album remains 2019's Age of Unreason.