Brett Gurewitz: "The record is more experimental, because we’re playing around with tempo, tones, keys and instrumentation. It really showcases the band’s evolution."
To record his bass tracks, Jay used a Hiwatt SA212 combo into an Electro-Voice EVM12L speaker mounted in in a KK Audio closed back cabinet. The same method was used on all albums from Suffer through No Substance, except Against The Grain.
Greg Graffin: "We chose the title because it typifies what we are going for. Charles Darwin wrote about evolution and his most famous book was the Descent of Man and he spelled it d-e-s-c-e-n-t , descent. You can also spell it d-i-s-s-e-n-t, and that is kind of what Bad Religion- and not just us, but the whole punk scene- has been about for the last 30 years. We thought it was a really good way to exemplify Bad Religion’s evolution over the last 30 years and also to put a play on words with some famous, evolutionary literature. (...) It is not a concept album, and it is important to remember that. It is an album where we tried to address some of our ideas where we appreciate and acknowledge our place in the punk scene being “elder statesman.”"
The picture of the man on the front cover appears to have already been used before on Against All Authority's 2006 release "The Restoration Of Chaos & Order".