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frontman, Bad Religion , will be releasing his solo album, Greg Graffin Cold As The Clay, on July 11th; served as the backing band and provided some guest vocals along with Jolie Holland. The tracklisting and press release is below. The Weakerthans
Tracklisting & Press Release01.Don't Be Afraid To Run
02. Omie Wise
03. Cold As The Clay
04. Little Saide
06. Rebel's Goodbye
07. Talk About Suffering
08. Willie Moore
09. California Cotton Fileds
10. The Watchmakers Dial
11. One More Hill
Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin will release a new solo album,
Cold as the Clay through Anti-/Epitaph Records on July 11, 2006. Produced by Bad
Religion guitarist and co-founder Brett Gurewitz, the disc is a landmark
album that cuts a new path for Graffin as it honors the traditional folk
music and folk rock he was reared on during his Wisconsin childhood.
Graffin states that much of the disc was "inspired by my love of country
rock in the vein of Gram Parsons, The Band, and Neil Young." He is supported
by three-fourths of Canadian punk veterans The Weakerthans on four of the
disc's eleven tracks. Elsewhere on Cold as the Clay acclaimed
singer/songwriter Jolie Holland lends her voice to two tracks, including a
duet on the old-time song "Talk About Suffering."
"Some of the earliest reviews of my singing with Bad Religion mention the
'folksy' sound of my delivery," Graffin explains. "Since then, the band has
continued to record highly charged punk rock, yet most all our songs can be
strummed on an acoustic guitar and sung without amplification like an
old-time folk traditional."
Graffin says the germination behind his first extramural studio album since
1997's American Lesion - which was his self-titled release under that nom de
rock - dates back to sessions for Bad Religion's 2002 album The Process of
Belief. "One day, during a break from rehearsals, Brett heard me playing an
old standard, 'Omie Wise,'" Graffin explains. "And he suggested that we
record an album of old-time music. On that day, the seeds of this project
Structured around traditional arrangements faithful to the styles and
instrumentation found on early folk records, Graffin says the album "mimics
the bimodal dissonance of American life: half of it comes creaking from
Podunk towns and untrammeled byways, and the other half is brimming with
Featuring carefully selected trad covers, like the aforementioned "Omie
Wise" and "Talk About Suffering," the project is highlighted by all new
Graffin-penned material like "Don't Be Afraid To Run," the title track and
"The Watchmaker's Dial."
Recorded and mixed by Gurewitz in a mere seven days, a number of the songs
utilize old-time musicians performing knee-to-knee in a circle. "Brett
wanted to capture authenticity" Graffin says in the project's liner notes,
praising his longtime Bad Religion collaborator's "vision as a producer."
According to Greg, the end result is a "vivid, hi-fi recording that makes
you feel as if you are in a 19th century pine-floored cabin or
village-church with the musicians right there next to you."
"I wanted to show how my work with Bad Religion was informed by other,
seemingly disparate and unconventional genres of music that at first glance
my appear to have nothing to do with punk," Graffin says in closing. "My
hope is that this project will live to pass along the tradition of American
songwriting to others long after I am buried and cold as the clay." #album #solo #gaffin #greg
08:12 AM on 05/10/06
Please put out a new album.
08:13 AM on 05/10/06
I hope there are n00dz in the liner notes.
08:25 AM on 05/10/06
"Greg Gaffin Solo Album"
Thought he went solo some time ago. I hope I am the first to post a whackoff reference
08:26 AM on 05/10/06
I'm really excited for this album.
I might be a little biased though, because I pretty much love everything Greg does. He has a really beautiful strong voice, besides the lyrics it's one of the main reasons I love Bad Religion.
oh and I just pre-ordered this:
Is Belief in God Good, Bad or Irrelevant?: A Professor And a Punk Rocker Discuss Science, Religion, Naturalism & Christianity
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Oh and (INSERT JOKE ABOUT N00DZ HERE)
08:17 PM on 05/10/06
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absolution Dear Weakerthans:
Please put out a new album
Buy The Music