Veteran punk act Bad Religion is in Los Angeles this week rehearsing and writing songs for a new album slated to be released by Epitaph in October. In addition to writing, the group is also using this

Veteran punk act Bad Religion is in Los Angeles this week rehearsing and writing songs for a new album slated to be released by Epitaph in October. In addition to writing, the group is also using this time to try out new drummers. Bobby Schayer, who had been with the band since 1992, left the group last month due to an inoperable rotator cuff problem.

As first reported here last month, after five albums for Atlantic, the band has returned to Epitaph and reconvened with longtime guitarist Brett Gurewitz, founder of the L.A.-based independent label.

Gurewitz left the band in 1995 -- shortly after the release of "Stranger than Fiction," the band's second effort for Atlantic -- to focus on the business of Epitaph, which at the time was enjoying its first taste of mainstream success with the Offspring's breakthrough album, "Smash."

Gurewitz had been the band's co-songwriter, along with singer Greg Graffin, on all its previous releases. His departure left the burden of the songwriting on the shoulders of Graffin for the remaining three albums with Atlantic. "I really stretched myself to the limit writing on my own," Graffin tells Billboard.com. "I think I lost sight of some of the songs because I was just concentrating on getting the records done."

For his part, Gurewitz says he's enjoying his rejuvenated role in the band. "I just write songs for Greg with him in mind," he says. "He's my favorite singer, so it's great for me to know that he's going to be singing these songs."

The band has completed 16 songs for the as yet-untitled album. Gurewtiz says that former Minor Threat bass player Brian Baker, who replaced him on guitar in 1995 will remain a part of the band. Gurewitz has yet to announce whether he will tour with the group.