The album, produced by Graffin’s longtime Bad Religion collaborator Brett Gurewitz, delivers a stirring reinterpretation of the classic Laurel Canyon country-rock sound alongside the singer-songwriter’s always pointed lyricism, which on Millport, deftly explores issues of history, permanence and relevance.
“This kind of music is deeply meaningful," Graffin tells The OC Register. "It’s partly because of its rich tradition but it’s also in the way it makes you feel. Everyone gets introduced to it differently, sometimes it’s a father or an uncle or just a friend, but there’s this idea of sharing these songs and handing them down through the generations.”
Millport features the Bad Religion frontman backed by a core of esteemed colleagues from the Los Angeles punk scene including Social Distortion members Jonny ‘Two Bags’ Wickersham, Brent Harding and David Hidalgo Jr. The result is less a musical reinvention than a creative liberation - a group of veteran Los Angeles musicians playing a brand of music they have long loved.
As Graffin recently told The Los Angeles Times, “Sometimes I like to slam dance and sometimes I like to square dance. I mean, I’m a rounded human being.”