It's telling that Bad Religion's 14th (!) album comes with a sticker assuring the listener that even though the guys in the band have probably been playing music together longer than most of the kids who see them on the Warped Tour have been alive, they've still got the old fire in their bellies. Which says - to this reviewer at least - that someone out there is worried the stalwarts might not be as relevant as they once were.
Luckily for the band and long-time fans, irrelevance isn't an issue quite yet. On Maps, BR breathe new life into their formula - short, fast and melodic Cali skate-punk ditties led by the always politically and socially aware growlings of lead singer Greg Graffin.
Yeah, maybe if these dudes didn't already boast an impressive track record, Maps would just be another decent punk album. Instead, it's a reminder that, despite all the mediocrity out there, we can still rely on Bad Religion to deliver the goods.
BR headline the Warped Tour in Barrie, Saturday (August 11).