Green Day Is Back With A Song, An Upcoming Album And A Few Thoughts On Politics
A lot of things have been said about Green Day, they are the greatest punk band ever, they are not even punk, they killed punk, all their formulaic songs sound the same, their lyrics are horrible, they changed the world!… in any case, after 3 full years of absence, they suddenly released a song last week and they are back in the charts as if they had never left them. ‘Bang Bang’ from their upcoming album ‘Revolution Radio’, due October 7th, debuted on many charts, including at number 16 on the Alternative Songs airplay chart, after less than 4 days of airplay.
Which other bands can say that? Only a few, and according to Billboard, ‘The No. 16 debut is the chart’s highest since Beck‘s “Dreams” began at No. 13 on July 4, 2015.’ It’s also Green Day’s fifth highest debut, with already 4,000 downloads sold after less than one day of sales in the tracking week, a hard thing to accomplish in this streaming days. And the video has already been seen more than 2 million of times on YouTube.
The song is not really a surprise, it sounds like your typical Green Day tune, with a classic punk-rock sound that fans will blast through their car windows, it has all the familiar elements, furious guitars and pounding drums, Armstrong’s youthful vocals and of course a big and melodious poppy hooky chorus. But if you are a casual fan like me and didn’t know this was a new song, you would probably swear this song was released about 10 years ago. Nothing new beside the fact that Green Day can still make a good old song with updated lyrics, which hint at the recent epidemic of mass shootings. The band has already revealed that the album will be about ‘mass shootings, political spin in the run-up to the presidential election and narcissistic social media,’ because what else a so-called punk band should be talking about?
But in the last edition of UK magazine Kerrang!, Billie Joe Armstrong had a few more words about politics, the election and a certain candidate,… but here again, there were no surprises:
‘The worst problem I see about Trump is who his followers are. I actually feel bad for them, because they’re poor, working-class people who can’t get a leg up. They’re pissed off and he’s preyed on their anger. He just said, ‘You have no options and I’m the only one, and I’m going to take care of it myself.’ I mean, that’s f*cking Hitler, man!’
‘I don’t even know how else to explain it. I wish I were over-exaggerating. And sometimes maybe I do over-exaggerate with [George W] Bush. But with Trump, I just can’t wait ’til he’s gone.’
So may be this is why we have another Green Day single and soon an album, Is Trump the new Hitler? Is ‘Revolution Radio’ the new ‘American Idiot’? Green Day fans should be thankful for these awful presidential elections.