We knew we were getting a new Green Day single today, but there’s tons more! This morning right at 7:00 am PST, radios nationwide premiered Green Day’s brand new single, “Bang Bang.” Early reviews compared the song to Dookie and Insomniac, but that’s only half the story. “Bang Bang” has the raw energy and aggression of Green Day’s earlier music, but it’s mixed with the wisdom and complexity of their more recent efforts. Listen and you’ll hear elements of the trilogy’s hardest songs and American Idiot.
Many fans thought the single’s title evoked a political topic, and they were right. Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong told Rolling Stone about the inspiration behind “Bang Bang”:
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. To me, that is so twisted. 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.
Be sure to read the rest of Rolling Stone’s excellent interview for more information about Green Day’s new music.
“Bang Bang” was the first song Billie wrote for the new album. You can see its lyric video below:
But the new single isn’t the only Green Day news today! The band also officially announced their upcoming album, Revolution Radio, will be out October 7th. It’s their 12th studio album and the first since their ill-fated trilogy four years ago. Green Day produced the album – their first attempt since Warning in 2000 without Rob Cavallo or Butch Vig.
- Somewhere Now
- Bang Bang
- Revolution Radio
- Say Goodbye
- Bouncing Off The Wall
- Still Breathing
- Too Dumb To Die
- Troubled Times
- Forever Now
- Ordinary World
You can pre-order Revolution Radio on Green Day’s official site now. You have choice between red vinyl and a CD with lyric book; both come with digital downloads. The album hits stores October 7th.
Enjoy Green Day’s new single “Bang Bang,” and get ready for the rest of Revolution Radio! Green Day promises a tour is just around the corner, too. Read up on all we know about the new album so far while we wait for September to end, and keep checking back here for all the latest Green Day music news.