APTV caught up with legendary punk rockers Bad Religion at Riot Fest in Chicago, and the group talked more about their history as a band, as well as the state of punk today.

“People say, ‘Oh, what happened to punk?’,” says vocalist Greg Graffin. “But I think you can look around and say, ‘I’m not sure how you characterize it, but it’s still growing.’”

Check out the interview in full below.

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The group still believes that the punk message is relevant and serves a purpose in the world of music, just as much as it did when Bad Religion came to be.

“I think the state of punk rock music right now is as vibrant as it was then,” bassist Jay Bentley says. “There are bands that work like we do and they just have a meaningful message and they’re good players and they believe in this lifestyle. They believe this lifestyle has something to offer like me and Greg did when we were 14-years-old.”

The group also talks about their history and what they expectated when they got their start. “No, we couldn’t predict this. It wasn’t predictable,” Graffin says. “It’s not even something I think we should think too much about.

“I do feel that our heritage, and what we have done, as a body of work is something that we look back on with a lot of pride. It makes us feel like this is something of value that we want to continue.”

Catch Bad Religion on tour with Against Me! this fall.

Check out the interview and tour dates below, and leave your thoughts in the comments.

Tour dates:
FRI Sept 30th Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
SAT Oct 1st The Paramount – Huntington, NY
MON Oct 3rd Irving Plaza – New York, NY
WED Oct 5th The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA
THURS Oct 6th The Fillmore Silver Spring – Silver Spring, MD
SAT Oct 8th The Fillmore Charlotte – Charlotte, NC
SUN Oct 9th The Buckhead Theatre – Atlanta, GA
TUES Oct 11th House of Blues-Orlando – Lake Buena Vista, FL
WED Oct 12th Jannus Landing – St. Petersburg, FL
FRI Oct 14th Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
SAT Oct 15th The Aztec Theater – San Antonio, TX
SUN Oct 16th House of Blues-Dallas – Dallas, TX
TUES Oct 18th Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland – Kansas City, MO
THURS Oct 20th In The Venue- Salt Lake City, UT
FRI Oct 21st The Foundry Hall @ SLS – Las Vegas, NV
MON Oct 24th McDonald Theater – Eugene, OR
WED Oct 26th Shobox SoDo – Seattle, WA
THURS Oct 27th Roseland Theatre – Portland, OR
SAT Oct 29th Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
SUN Oct 30th Warfield Theatre – San Francisco, CA
THURS Nov 3rd Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
FRI Nov 4th Hollywood Palladium – Hollywood CA