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Green Day single Bang Bang explores mass shooting culture, Revolution Radio LP due in Oct
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Green Day single Bang Bang explores mass shooting culture, Revolution Radio LP due in Oct

by Stephen Charlton2016/08/12

Green Day is back firing all cylinders with their new single Bang Bang, which is a dark, sarcastic look into mass-shooting “culture”. We haven’t heard Green Day sound this unabashedly punk rock in years. Bang Bang begins with a news report on terrorist executions before Billie Joe Armstrong fires off lyrics like:

“Bang, bang, give me fame. Shoot me up to entertain.”

The band manage to integrate an exotic-sounding Middle-eastern scale in the bridge without dropping the intensity of the song.

Bang Bang single covers mass shooting and social media narcissism

Armstrong recently told Rolling Stone that Bang Bang is 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.”

Green Day certainly have a knack for writing blistering pop-punk with a political edge and Bang Bang is quite a comeback. Armstrong said Bang Bang kicked off the writing process for their new album, Revolution Radio.

Green Day dropping Revolution Radio LP in October

Green Day Bang Bang Revolution Radio album art

The Revolution Radio album art.

Revolution Radio is due out on October 7. The album as a whole explores the state of chaos in America at the moment.  Green Day’s 2012 trio of albums, ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré! moved away from the rock opera and political focus. However violence on American streets and the chaos of the election year have found the band returning to the territory they explored on 21st Century Breakdown (2009) and American Idiot (2004). Armstrong commented on the currently political climate.

“Nobody can rationalise with each other because everyone is stuck in fear and anger, and there’s nothing in between.”

Green Day have their pick of top producers, but the band opted to produce Revolution Radio themselves. Engineer Chris Dugan, who has worked on every album since American Idiot, did return to the desk for the LP however.

If Bang Bang doesn’t give you enough of a nostalgia trip, we recently reviewed pop-punk kings Blink-182’s California LP.

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Stephen Charlton

Stephen Charlton is a musician, journalist and editor.

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