Green Day is bringing punk rock back in a big way.
It’s been 4 years since Green Day released their trio of albums ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tre!. Since then, the group’s music has taken a backseat to the member’s personal struggles with addiction and various health issues. Now, having moved past those difficult few years, Billie Joe Armstrong, Jason White and Tré Cool are back together with a brand new album, Revolution Radio, due to be released October 7th.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Billy Joe opened up about the new album and how it came about, explaining why it took them 4 years to come back into the studio: “It just so happened to take a long time. There was no real effort to start anything too soon. There was no like, “OK, we’re starting a record!” The day after the tour for ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré! we just took a break. There was, like, just stuff going on in everybody’s lives and then suddenly I had a couple of songs out of nowhere so that’s just kind of the way it starts.”
Billy Joe went on to explain how the album really started with a (pun intended) BANG: “The first song where I was like, “OK, I’m onto something” was “Bang Bang.””
“Bang Bang”, the first single of their upcoming album, was released today, and in typical Green Day fashion, it makes quite a statement, written from the perspective of a mass shooter. The band’s frontman opened up about the heavy subject matter behind the song: “It’s about the culture of mass shooting that happens in America mixed with narcissistic social media. There’s this sort of rage happening, but it’s also now being filmed and we all have ourselves under surveillance.” Understandably, getting into that headspace was not easy for him: “To get into the brain of someone like that was freaky. It freaked me out. After I wrote it, all I wanted to do was get that out of my brain because it just freaked me out.”
Take a listen to the song below:
Angered by this injustice, they wrote the album as a reflection of the state of America in 2016 from a social and political standpoint. Billy revealed that this year’s election is an important theme on the album: “I can only go from my own personal life, but this is the most chaos I’ve ever seen in an election. It’s just so freaky. I don’t want to add more of the outrage or anger. I’d just try to reflect it. This is the first time that this election has preyed on fear and anger.”