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Billie Joe Armstrong On The Return Of Green Day

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    Billie Joe Armstrong On The Return Of Green Day

    The following feature appears in the October 2016 issue of  NYLON.

    Twenty-six years after the inception of their seminal punk-rock band Green Day, Billie Joe Armstrong and his bandmates released a trilogy of albums, ¡Uno!¡Dos!, and ¡Tré!, and then promptly went on a four-year hiatus to focus on their personal lives. Now, they’re back and just as commanding, inspired, and loud as they were when we first fell in love with them. Their new album Revolution Radio, out October 7, delivers in terms of music, lyrics, and an unstoppable and quintessentially Green Day energy. The record covers a wide spectrum of both sound and feeling, shifting between fast tempos with striking guitar riffs, as heard in “Bang Bang” and “Bouncing Off the Wall,” and softer yet powerful songs like “Still Breathing” and “Ordinary World.” 

    That’s not all that Armstrong has been preoccupied with: He also composed songs for the musical These Paper Bullets! and is starring in this month’s Ordinary World, a coming-of-(middle-)age film written and directed by Lee Kirk. Here, Armstrong discusses Green Day’s new album, his first starring role, and the legacy of his iconic band. 

    What inspired Revolution Radio?
    We took a long break and then, I don’t know, one day I just got into my studio in Oakland and I recorded a demo of “Bang Bang,” then I did another demo of “Somewhere Now” and it just felt like the beginning of something really exciting. It wasn’t a forced process in the slightest. I showed the guys the songs and they got really excited, too, and so I just kept writing from there. 

    Do you think a big part of that natural energy comes from the fact that you guys self-produced the album?
    Yeah, but it just kind of ended up that way. My studio here is small and we were getting great sound, so there was no point in bringing in another guy to look over our shoulders. It felt very independent and focused, but also really loose and fun. There were no distractions. 

    How do you feel about Green Day’s return?
    I think people are going to be excited with the new record, and the only thing I feel, honestly, is grateful. A little bit of nostalgia can be very good for the soul, as long as you’re not sitting and stewing in it. There’s something about this record that is very refreshing.

    More at NYLON: HERE

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on October 6, 2016 - 1:17pm

The following feature appears in the October 2016 issue of  NYLON.

Twenty-six years after the inception of their seminal punk-rock band Green Day, Billie Joe Armstrong and his bandmates released a trilogy of albums, ¡Uno!¡Dos!, and ¡Tré!, and then promptly went on a four-year hiatus to focus on their personal lives. Now, they’re back and just as commanding, inspired, and loud as they were when we first fell in love with them. Their new album Revolution Radio, out October 7, delivers in terms of music, lyrics, and an unstoppable and quintessentially Green Day energy. The record covers a wide spectrum of both sound and feeling, shifting between fast tempos with striking guitar riffs, as heard in “Bang Bang” and “Bouncing Off the Wall,” and softer yet powerful songs like “Still Breathing” and “Ordinary World.” 

That’s not all that Armstrong has been preoccupied with: He also composed songs for the musical These Paper Bullets! and is starring in this month’s Ordinary World, a coming-of-(middle-)age film written and directed by Lee Kirk. Here, Armstrong discusses Green Day’s new album, his first starring role, and the legacy of his iconic band. 

What inspired Revolution Radio?
We took a long break and then, I don’t know, one day I just got into my studio in Oakland and I recorded a demo of “Bang Bang,” then I did another demo of “Somewhere Now” and it just felt like the beginning of something really exciting. It wasn’t a forced process in the slightest. I showed the guys the songs and they got really excited, too, and so I just kept writing from there. 

Do you think a big part of that natural energy comes from the fact that you guys self-produced the album?
Yeah, but it just kind of ended up that way. My studio here is small and we were getting great sound, so there was no point in bringing in another guy to look over our shoulders. It felt very independent and focused, but also really loose and fun. There were no distractions. 

How do you feel about Green Day’s return?
I think people are going to be excited with the new record, and the only thing I feel, honestly, is grateful. A little bit of nostalgia can be very good for the soul, as long as you’re not sitting and stewing in it. There’s something about this record that is very refreshing.

More at NYLON: HERE

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