As Bad Religion eases into an elder-statesman role within the melodic hardcore world, there are still plenty of bands carrying off that scene’s messages of discontent with a youthful pugilistic fury. The Bronx made that clear when teaming with Bad Religion Thursday at the House of Blues. Bad Religion is still putting out music that matters, with the fierce tunes plucked from its latest album, “True North,” sounding as inspired as anything else culled for the show from the band’s 33-year career. But in terms of delivery, even singer Greg Graffin noted that his days of being in the mosh pit or scampering up speaker cabinets are far behind.
Bad Religion used musicality to patch over physicality, with guitarists Brian Baker and Greg Hetson crafting the subtle ebbs and flows that give this brand of punk rock its dynamic tension. The band still bashed through the old “We’re Only Gonna Die” without losing any of its youthful bile, yet has matured with countless richer commentaries on the ways culture and politics seed inequality.