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Will this be unlucky no.13 for Green Day?

By Megan Robinson Feb 25, 2020
Green Day at EMA awards credit: RexFeatures

Green Day have barely done any interviews since their 2016 album Revolution Radio and have been very secretive about their latest project, Father Of All….

The American punk-rockers 13th studio album is due for release, but will it live up to the hype?

The 10-track album stands at just 26 minutes long as lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong expressed his dislike for long songs. Three singles have been pre-released, and title track Father Of All… shows off distorted vocals that make Armstrong sound unrecognisable.

The catchy guitar riffs and a chaotic drumbeat is different from their older stuff but still very punk. This album looks into themes of depression, anxiety and money, and some of this is represented in Father Of All… as Armstrong yells “I got paranoia baby!”

Fire, Ready, Aim is less than two minutes long and introduces a low distorted guitar similar to their 2004 song Holiday.

Oh Yeah! was only released a couple of weeks ago and sounds different to the first two songs from the album. It has deep undertones and is lyrically raw as he sings: “I got my money, and I’m feeling kinda low.”

The chorus has repetitive and dreary backing vocals that softly sing “Oh Yeah” over and over again.

Green Day will embark on a world tour with pop-punk veterans Fall Out Boy and Weezer from March. The Hella Mega Tour will see the bands performing in stadiums across Asia, Europe and North America, and each group are releasing new songs.

It is hard to see what direction the band will go in. Could this be their biggest album since 2004’s American Idiot? Or will it become their biggest flop?

Father Of All… is out February 7.

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