Californian hall of famers Green Day have been around for a considerable amount of time, producing songs that edge into the punk dream. The band are truly back and have released three songs from their new album Revolution Radio which is out on October 7th, available in the following formats (which, if purchased from the links below will support this site!):
Here’s a review of the tracks.
First off, we fall into a wrath of Billie Joe Armstrong’s potent wordplay. The front-man sings about a haphazard gunman, and his motives, describing the terror through a well worked guitar riff and thumping drumbeat from enigmatic drummer Tre Cool. The song is fast paced too, and crammed full of messages regarding the state of American culture.
It’s a track that takes elements of Green Day’s signature sound and elevates it beyond expectation. The band walk back into the spotlight of super-stardom once again, carrying a message and orchestrating a surge of anger. It’s in the bands nature.
“Revolution Radio” is a political screamer of a track. Armstrong sounds angry here, composing the song like a rejuvenated crusader of political energy. The guitar riff is pleasing and the lyrics are poetically studded into to the track, proving that the band are still diverse and credible enough.
Yes, they’re growing older and wiser. But they are still true innovators of power chords and punk vibes. They will always come under scrutiny, bombarded by critics and enthusiasts who try to eradicate the band from the punk name.
But Green Day couldn’t care less. They have done what they set out to do, create music that tells a tale. It might be of unrest, or political damage, but the band are storytellers of the highest order.
Armstrong wears his heart on his sleeve with this ballad of intent. “Still Breathing” sparks enough melody, proving that the Californian veterans can create songs that formulate emotion. The song begins with an elegant guitar line with Armstrong’s soft vocals moving in slowly. He then raises his voice, implementing a great contrast.
Lyrically it’s stupendously poetic. Armstrong has penned a true emotive ballad that describes alienation and a busted heart. He is still breathing, but there’s worry weighing him down, there’s dishonesty pressing against his lifeline. It’s a stark but harmonic slice of true sensitivity.