Bad Religion - "True North" video

When old punk bands position themselves as some sort of youth thing, it becomes seriously fun and fascinating to parse the results. Case in point: SoCal lifers Bad Religion’s new video for “True North,” the title track from their new album. The video consist of a young punk kid, with circa-1982 show flyers all over his walls, throwing on the new Bad Religion record and engaging in a vigorous air-drumming session. At one point, we see the kid’s iPhone, so we know that it’s a present-day kid; Bad Religion didn’t somehow send their record 30 years into the past. So apparently that kid printed out all those old flyers? He didn’t just put up a bunch of flyers for shows that he actually went to? There’s nothing weird about the idea that a younger punk would be into an older band. Bad Religion were considered an old band in 1994, when they released Stranger Than Fiction, which means I was (a much uglier version of) that kid at one point. But when I was banging the new Bad Religion, I had, like Total Chaos and A.F.I. posters on my wall, not painstakingly recreated flyers from shows I’d never been to. So Bad Religion aren’t really doing themselves any favors here! They’re showing that the kids who like their new album are the ones bizarrely focused on past punk scenes! Which would’ve been like if the teenage Bad Religion members, rather than forming Bad Religion, had gotten really obsessed with Bill Haley And The Comets! Anyway. Watch the video at Rolling Stone.

True North is out now on Epitaph.

Comments (1)
  1. Michael_  |   Posted on Feb 13th, 2013 +1

    Today’s punk kids armed with iPhones and wiki pages at their disposal are more self-aware of the scene’s history, though, and are fortunate for that. When I was in high school, our knowledge of punk extended mostly to the relative present state of that era’s Warped Tour acts for better or for worse like AFI, Bouncing Souls, Bad Religion, Bosstones, Pennywise, NOFX, Descendents, blink 182, Alk3. At best, you had an older brother or knew someone older who was familiar with a previous era of punk they were still stuck in (granted many of those I just mentioned span half-decade-long trends) and got you into those bands. Liking “old” punk wasn’t something anyone was really interested in, but that was an ignorant conclusion. Now, these brats are more refined than we were, and have to waste less money on bad album choice. I would have loved to grow up in today’s world where finding sub-genre music of value is a whole lot easier than being the only alien with a Get Up Kids shirt.

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