The band who played the biggest part in bringing punk rock back to the mainstream are back. Green Day were last seen four years ago, when they released not one or two but a trio of new albums. I can't help but think that if they picked the best of those tracks and slimmed it down to a single album, it could have been their finest moment. Four years later and they return with a new album entitled 'Revolution Radio', due for release on October 7th. It marks a return to the band's more straight-forward ideas, and the first album since frontman Billie Joe Armstrong's stint in rehab a few years back. Maybe it was the drink, drugs and ego caused by massive success that fuelled the triple albums and the flawed concept LPs that have characterised the band over the last 12 years.
After hearing a few tracks from their 12th studio album, my hopes are high. Especially if this addictive, anthemic title track is anything to go by. The song was inspired by Armstrong witnessing a Black Lives Matter protest a couple of years ago: "I was screaming, 'Hands up, don't shoot,' " he says. "I felt like I was on the right side of history. ... It's like something is breaking in the world. A lot of the old people are dying off and the values of the Fifties generation are starting to break and what happened in the Sixties and is starting to manifest more now than it ever has before."