Bay Area punks will have their Day in 2004 ... their Green Day, that is.
Green Day, one of the first bands to help forge the punk revival in the early 1990s, promise to release their seventh album — and first studio effort in nearly four years — in 2004, according to a message by singer Billie Joe Armstrong on the band's Web site, greenday.com.
The band has been working on its follow-up to 2000's Warning for more than three years, and although the album has yet to be titled or given a release date by Reprise Records, Armstrong said the new material is among the band's best.
"It's going to blow some people away. It's really blowing me away, and that's why I play music," he said in an audio message. "As long as I'm blowing myself away, then I'll continue to do this. I know it's taken me about three and a half years so far to blow myself away, but I just want to make sure ... I wouldn't say I'm a perfectionist, but I just want things to be great."
It should please Green Day fans who hitched onto the bandwagon for the group's 10-times platinum 1994 smash, Dookie, that their first album, 1991's 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hour, has been remastered and will be reissued on January 27 by Lookout! Records, the Bay Area indie label Green Day first called home.
In addition to the original tracks, which encompassed Green Day's first two EPs, 1989's 1000 Hours and 1990's Slappy, the enhanced CD reissue will include 20 minutes of concert footage from 1990, a radio interview, old photos, handwritten lyrics and images of early concert flyers.
Armstrong closed the seven-and-a-half-minute message with a plug for the book "Dude, Where's My Country?" by satirical political commentator Michael Moore.
Green Day, along with Good Charlotte and Sum 41, are among the bands slated to contribute tracks to the compilation Rock Against Bush, due April 20 (see "Good Charlotte, Green Day, NOFX To Rock Against President Bush"). Proceeds from the sale of the album will benefit the political activism Web site punkvoter.com, which Armstrong also lauded in his message.