Formed in 1979, iconic LA punks Bad Religion have soundtracked literate adolescent misfitism for decades, wielding the thrash of their forefathers – Sex Pistols, The Germs – with a penchant for social change. Now with the evolution of the collective reaching their 16th effort, True North (January 22), with all participating members of the band parenting their own kids through their own pinnacle ‘turn punk’ moment, the rumored potential final LP seeks to pass the torch to yet another generation. Speaking to founding member and songwriter Greg Graffin, Billboard drew out a perfect little summation of what the record represents:

The whole concept of finding true north fits that mode very well, because it’s suggesting that something you set out to do when you’re a youngster doesn’t have to fall by the wayside as you become a man or a woman in this world. You still have to look for and constantly challenge the things you’re told in order to find your own sense of direction, and in order to motivate you to find truth in this world.

If it’s a surprise to you that Graffin’s day job has been a college professor and psychology-bent author for the latter half of the band’s existence, well you may not understand why they chose, at this point in their career, to pen a track called “Fuck You.” And maybe combined with an image of a half punk/half suit man donning the record sleeve this may beat the horse a little too hard, but the title track does a fine job of justifying just why we may be gifting this record to our own kids someday:

I can’t see the rationality

The world’s not my responsibility

And happiness isn’t there for me

But maybe I’ll inch closer to the source

When I find true north

With or without a friend, keep searching ’til the end