Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has already influenced and turned on a new generation of teenagers to punk, and now he’s doing the same for Generation Y.
Emily’s Army, a pop-punk group made up of four Bay Area teenagers, is set to blow up with the June 14 release of their debut album, Don’t Be A D***. On the drums: Armstrong’s 16-year-old son Joey. Side note: A 16-year-old rocks harder than you. Deal with that.
But Billie Joe’s hardly just attaching his name to a vanity project. He produced the 14-song album, a mix of proto-punk, pop-punk and garage rock, and is releasing it on his own Adeline Records. (Coolest. Dad. Ever.) Expect to hear a mix of politically conscious and personal lyrics, with the group — made up of brothers Max and Cole Becker, Joey Armstrong and Travis Neumann — presumably taking a few pointers from the king of pop-punk himself.
Emily’s Army range in age from 15 to 17 — the perfect age to be starting a punk band — but have already spent the past two years touring up and down the West Coast. Once known as Raining Souls, the group took their name Emily’s Army from the Cystic Fibrosis fund-raising organization as a way to honor the Becker brothers’ 15-year-old cousin Emily, who was diagnosed with the disease in 1998.
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