|Category:||Interview - Internet||Publish date:||5/17/2004|
|Source:||Toazted (Netherlands)||With:||Greg Graffin|
|Synopsis:||Greg Graffin at the Epitaph Headquarters in Amsterdam in 2004. He is about to get his PHD in Evolutionary Biology and we asked him how he combined his studies with being in a punk band: "Biology is a topic that touches every aspect of social life and Bad Religion is a band that sings about social life and hopefully creates a better social life. So idealogically there's not that much of a contrast."|
Could you first of all introduce yourself please?
GG: This is Greg graffin from Bad Religion and we're sitting in Amsterdam, somewhere in the centre. It all looks the same to me. we're at the Epitaph headquarters of Europe.
Have you been here before actually? I mean, of course you have a huge Epitaph link, but have you been to this office before?
GG: Oh many times. This is our home on the continent.
And why Amsterdam actually? Before we start talking about your band.
GG: Well, Brett set up the company overhere and I think he wanter to choose the place that was closest to the red light district. so he decided... (laughing)
Only last week a promotial guy told me you guys have a new record out and you guys are going to tour. And I was like, finally, wow!
GG: Thanks. I don't know. I mean, for us, we never really ever go away. Sometimes we might go dormant. Like for instance, last year I spent almost the whole year finishing my dissertation, writing my PhD. So that's why you maybe didn't hear much about Bad Religion for the last couple of years. But we have always something to say and in certain times we bring back, hopefully, a provocative piece of music that will get people excited.
What's it gonna sound like or what is it sounding like?
Well this album we ..
(to be continued...) -Marty
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