by Sanders Jett-Folk photo by Brock Layden for Walkersville High School Lion’s Pride
Since being formed in 1986, Green Day has become one of the most well-known and most successful acts in the punk rock music industry.
The band has been relatively dormant since they released their three albums ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré!, all in 2012. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2015.
Freshman Ray Clutter, a fan of the band, said “[Green Day is] one of my favorites. I’d like them more if they weren’t Canadian.”
On October 7, the band released their new album Revolution Radio. This comes after the band released the album’s first single “Bang Bang” back in August.
The album features twelve new tracks that were recorded earlier in the year. The record returns to the band’s roots, both in the message of the album and in the musical style. It’s a mix of political rage and power-punk instrumentals. Many compare it to American Idiot, the band’s 2004 album which is easily their most successful in terms of sales.
Senior Valerie Koogle said “The new album is lit.”
Every track on Revolution Radio comes out differently. Its lead single, “Bang Bang”, is a power-punching punk song that, according to the band, is a story told from the point of view of a mass shooter. Singer and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong described it as “the most aggressive single we’ve ever had” in an interview with WJBD Radio in Illinois.
Another standout track on the record is “Still Breathing”, an atmospheric, soft rock song that tackles how a person can endure a lot in their life and keep going.
When asked her favorite song, freshman Andrea Campbell said “I don’t have a favorite, I like all of Green Day’s songs.”
Upon the release of Revolution Radio, the album debuted at number one on the US iTunes chart.
Reviews of the album have been mostly positive, with AllMusic giving it three and a half out of five stars and Alternative Press giving it four out of five stars.
The band will be playing a full length arena tour in the US in the Spring. They are currently touring in multiple clubs around the country.