Bad Religion, whose new album, "No Substance," arrives in stores this week, plans to give back to some musically talented fans by having the fans give unto them.
The band is sponsoring a demo contest and will set up a tent at this summer's Warped Tour where unsigned acts can drop off tapes of their material.
The winner, which will be chosen by Bad Religion itself, won't be guaranteed a recording contract, but will earn a demo deal with the band's label, Atlantic Records.
Bad Religion will also use their stint headlining the Warped Tour to announce the winner of the grant they've founded for high school and college students.
As we previously reported (see "Bad Religion Establishes Research Grant"), Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin, who has a degree in evolutionary biology and is working towards his Ph.D. at Cornell University, proposed the $3,000 grant for students pursuing field investigations in the cultural
and natural sciences.
The Warped Tour, which features Rancid, NOFX, and the Specials, launches on June 30 in Phoenix, Arizona.