Having not released an album in almost four years after the turbulent 'Uno', 'Dos' and 'Tre' which saw on-stage meltdowns, a stint in rehab as well as pretty incredible live shows, Green Day are finally back on October Seventh with their twelfth studio album, 'Revolution Radio'!
The first single from the album, Bang Bang, was released back in August and is the best song they have released in over a decade. Bang Bang is fast, angry and clever, the song gets into the mind of cereal killer and comments on the way we are always under self-inflicted surveillance due to social media. The song was followed by the equally as politically charge Revolution Radio which, was inspired by front man, Billie Joe Armstrongs', experience of a Black Lives Matter protest in New York. The theme of racial tensions in the US comes up again in the album, notably on the track Troubled Time which, opens with the lyrics 'What good is love and peace on earth if it's exclusive?'. This could be about a whole manner of things but one of them is definitely the Black Lives Matter movement.
Politics and the state of world right now are centre to the album. Too Dumb To Day, Say Goodbye and Somewhere Now all confront many of the tough issues facing the west, especially America, right now. Say Goodbye is one of the best songs on the album with a heavy guitar riff, powerful lyrics and a catchy melody. It is Green Day back to their best. Too Dumb To Day discusses Billie's dad being on strike a lot when he was a child and rightly proclaims if you ever cross a picket line 'you'll be a scab not a matter', Billy Bragg would be proud. Somewhere Now kicks off the album with a soft acoustic track that confronts the monotonous and medicated life of the American, 'I'm running late to somewhere now, that I don't want to be.'
The albums isn't all politics though, Young Blood is a song for his wife of twenty-two years, Adrienne and Outlaws being about the band when they were young punks playing squats and people's gardens. The third song to be released on the album, Still Breathing is an incredibly personal one that tackles the issue if Billie's addictions and how he is lucky to still be breathing. The album is closed with a beautiful acoustic number called Ordinary World that was written by Billie for the film that was originally called Geezer but now shares it's name with the song and is out later this year.
Revolution Radio is like nothing they have released in a long term, no rock-opera, no over reaching trilogy just a great collection of songs commenting on the pretty bleak world around them and reflecting on their own personal lives. It's a mixture of heart-racing speed, slow thumping jams and clever song-writing. It's brilliant. It's Green Day.