Uber-dramatic rock operas are cool and all, but Green Day are finally returning to their roots with a good old-fashioned, in-your-face punk power anthem.
Following last month’s menacing “Bang Bang,” the veteran pop-punkers are back with “Revolution Radio,” the title track of their upcoming 12th album. Like “Bang Bang,” the protest-minded stomper is all about tasting sweet rebellion, but this one has a catchier chorus (“We are revolution radio! / Operation no control!”) that demands to be screamed at the highest decibel.
“Scream! / With your arms up in the sky / Like you want to testify / For the life that’s been deleted / Sing! / Like a rebel’s lullaby / Under the stars and stripes / For the lost souls that were cheated,” Billie Joe Armstrong demands over a stampede of guitars and powerful percussion. If you love “American Idiot” and “21st Century Breakdown,” rest assured you’ll love this one, too.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Armstrong said “Revolution Radio” was inspired by a protest he saw in New York City in 2014, where people were marching in response to the death of Michael Brown and the subsequent uprising in Ferguson, Missouri.
“It was a trip to see people rebel against the old order,” Armstrong said. “I was just watching this controlled chaos, and it was going and happening all over the country. I was feeling that people don’t want to feel obsolete in the things that we care about. That’s sort of what the song is about.”
Green Day’s Revolution Radio, in its all its punky glory, arrives October 7.