Bad Religion Plan Brief Outing

The band will hit the road at the end of February, after wrapping new album.

Political punk veterans Bad Religion are planning a short tour of the western U.S., beginning Feb. 29 in Petaluma, Calif.

The band has just finished recording and mastering its 14th album, which has yet to be named, according to Glen Fukushima, a publicist at Atlantic Records.

The album, tentatively scheduled for release in May, includes the songs "The New America," "A World Without Melody" and "I Love My Computer."

Bad Religion were at the center of the Southern California hardcore scene for much of the '80s. Songs such as "Slaves," from 1982's How Can Hell Be Any Worse EP, combined hard-edged guitar with hard-edged politics.

Though singer Greg Graffin is the only remaining original member of the band, its songs have remained fast and its words furious, as on "Hear It" (RealAudio excerpt), from the album No Substance (1998).

Graffin said the new album, produced by Todd Rundgren, would be "an awakening to a new era."

Bad Religion tour dates:

Feb. 29; Petaluma, Calif.; Phoenix Theatre

March 1; Santa Cruz, Calif.; The Catalyst

March 2; San Francisco, Calif.; Maritime Hall

March 3; Reno, Nev.; Reno Live

March 4; Ventura, Calif.; Ventura Theatre

March 5; San Diego, Calif.; Del Mar Fairgrounds Activity Center

March 7–8; Pomona, Calif.; The Glass House

March 10; Phoenix, Ariz.; Nile Theatre

March 11; Las Vegas, Nev.; Hard Rock Cafe — The Joint