In statements to international media, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong revealed that during his inactivity he has been writing a lot for the band. In recent months, without a doubt, the vocalist kept the group and his solo career active with the versions of No Fun Mondays and a new album from The Network, but when asked about a new album he pointed out:
“I’m always putting something together, whether it’s a full demo in my little studio or just a few voice memos on my phone”, and writers’ block apparently doesn’t affect him, as he often works on covers of songs just to keep the urge to keep making music. He also revealed that Green Day’s new album “could come quite quickly” due to the unexpected downtime that hit everyone in 2020:
“It’s possible. Whether we do a full album or an EP or just a song, we have many different options. It is a question of when the right moment occurs. That’s the beauty of the way you can put out music these days. You don’t have to wait for a goalkeeper to tell you that the time is right. “
Speaking of the possible lyrical direction of the upcoming Green Day material, Billie Joe continues: “There is a certain amount of isolation and paranoid feeling on the last album that fits with where we find ourselves as a society. The way we get information is almost like having voices inside your head. “
“With the new things I’m writing, I don’t know, a lot of it is more self-critical and fun. It’s not like I’m making a comedy record or anything. On the one hand, it feels autobiographical and funny, but on the other hand, when you look at it, you can give it a social commentary twist. ” We will have to wait a little longer to hear the new Green Day album but without a doubt these statements give us hope that the work of the band is moving forward.
Green Day’s sound is often compared to that of first wave punk bands like the Ramones, The Clash, Sex Pistols, and Buzzcocks. They were also heavily influenced by the Californian punk rock band Bad Religion. Billie Joe Armstrong himself has mentioned that some of his biggest influences are alternative rock bands like Hüsker Dü and The Replacements, and that his influence is particularly noticeable in the chord changes in Green Day’s songs.
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