'Sons of Anarchy' Covers 'Love Is My Religion' – Song Premiere

Forest Rangers sing of love and freedom on Ziggy Marley tune

October 21, 2013 10:00 AM ET
The Forest Rangers
The Forest Rangers, 'Love is My Religion'
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In its sixth season, biker drama Sons of Anarchy continues to roll out cover tunes curated by the show's composer and music supervisor, Bob Thiele. The season's seventh episode (airing October 22nd) features the series' "house band," the Forest Rangers, covering Ziggy Marley's anthemic "Love Is My Religion," from his 2006 LP.

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"Don't let nobody stop us," sings Franky Perez, backed by choral harmonies and bluesy guitars. "Free spirits have to soar."

"Franky Perez, the stalwart voice of the Forest Rangers, sings this optimistic anthem with his trademark soulfulness," Thiele tells Rolling Stone. "Exuding both power and restraint, he captures the range of emotions that Jax and his brothers are feeling as they literally sweep the wreckage of a long and bitter road traveled. As if willing the (im)possible, the choir repeats the phrase again and again, imploring you to join the band. Yeah, man, love is the answer."

Thiele also offers some context for the song with a preview of the episode it appears in:

"As if things couldn't get worse, the shit has hit the fan with the Irish blowing up the clubhouse," Thiele says. "With the MC at a major crossroads, the fate of SAMCRO has never been more precarious. Kurt Sutter offers a pathway to hope with this song. Neither religious nor preachy, the words suggest love as a way to redemption. Tune in next week (and the week after that, and the week after that) to see how well these words are heeded!"

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