Green Day is back, and they’re back with a vengeance.
Earlier this week, the California punk-rock band Green Day released a single that has brought their die-hard fans to their knees.
Four years following their underwhelming release of album trilogy ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré!, the new single “Bang Bang” is a much-needed stylistic throwback to American Idiot, their 2004 rock-opera masterpiece that marks what many consider to be the peak of the band’s career. With a fast-paced tempo, power-chord driven guitar rhythms and a vocal melody reminiscent of “St. Jimmy,” “Bang Bang” is a solid reminder that Green Day is, in fact, still punk.
What’s more, the lyrics of the song have the in-your-face appeal that’s characteristic to the punk genre. Front man Billie Joe Armstrong explores the inner thoughts of a mass shooter and uses the perspective as a means to critique the influence of narcissistic social media in society, particularly through how the song’s character is motivated towards violence as a way of being “a celebrity martyr.”
As a lead single for Green Day’s new album Revolution Radio, due to release October 7, 2016, “Bang Bang” is quite a bold choice. It is yet another strong hint that they’re not playing around this time. It’s easy to see the possible controversy of a single written from such a violent perspective, despite its true intention of being a social commentary. For those who won’t get it…Well, I’m just patiently waiting for the outcry of those oblivious to satire and the concept of narrative voice to trash Green Day for “promoting violence and championing mass shooters.” Hopefully, the Rolling Stone interview where Billie Joe talks the song will put their minds at ease.
But, don’t take my word for it. Watch the video above, and comment below what you think about the new release.