Something you probably didn’t think you’d here today, but on Oct. 29, Bad Religion will release a full record of Christmas songs (aptly called Christmas Songs), including hits such as “White Christmas” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.” While you may feel initially weird about it, you should. Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz explains that even though a lot of the songs on their upcoming record a faith-based, a good song is still a good song, and there is no intent to change any direction with the band.
This might be the most subversive album we’ve done. To me, what the album is indirectly stating is that this music, and thus the world, can be powerful and beautiful stripped of God and religion. These are just really good songs, and a historically non-religious band like Bad Religion can perform them with as much power and feeling as anyone. Brett Gurewitz
The first track released from the album is “O Come O Come Emmanuel,” which you can listen to below.