The band Green Day has launched their latest, 12th yet, album Revolution Radio, on the internet for their punk rock fans to listen to. The entire album can be heard on Spotify and Apple Music.
According to critics, some of the best songs in the album are Bang Bang, Say Goodbye, Forever Now and Somewhere Now.
Since the album was produced last year, there is no reference of the 2016 presidential elections. The 44-year-old Billie Joe Armstrong, who is the frontman of the band, says: “I get absolutely no inspiration from Donald Trump,” and adds: “He’s a white supremacist, there’s no other way around it.”
Through a provocative lens of righteousness, the band has looked at a wider perspective and taken influence from the things happening around the world. The song Bang Bang was influenced by the 2014 Isla Vista Shooting undertaken by Elliot Rodger who, at the time, killed six people and left 14 injured.
What inspired the band and Billie Joe “was all this dismal insecurity and narcissism, and using social media to write his own strange manifesto” ,he says. “One thing you see with social media is that everyone’s got a manifesto now, whether it’s psychotic or sane. It’s up to whoever reads it to judge.”
On the other hand, the title track of the song has been heavily influenced by the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement, which has been on going since last year when many reports of police brutality and shootings of African American citizens came into lime light. Billie Joe had even marched with the protesters in New York, supporting the same movement.
He told USA Today: “I felt myself gravitating toward it,” he further carried on expressing “There were so many people speaking truth to power and it was really inspiring. I didn’t set out to go ‘I’m going to write a song about this.’ It just reflected that sort of energy of what was going on.”
The album can be pre ordered on Apple iTunes now.