Billie Joe Armstrong Explains Theme of Green Day’s New ‘Bang Bang’ Track
Billie Joe Armstrong of the American punk band Green Day explained that the group's newest track, "Bang Bang," was written through the perspective of a mass shooter. He also noted that the band's upcoming album, Revolution Radio, will serve as a form of social commentary to what's currently happening in the country.
During a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Armstrong went into detail regarding the inspiration for Revolution Radio. According to the punk vocalist, the songs for the upcoming album are heavily based on he and his bandmates' sentiments regarding the things that are currently happening in the U.S., such as the mass murders and general social unrest.
For the single "Bang Bang," Armstrong said that he wrote the lyrics from the point of view of a mass shooter or someone planning to become one. He also combined this theme with the idea of people's fascination with social media and documenting everything.
"It's about the culture of mass shooting that happens in America mixed with narcissistic social media," he told Rolling Stone. "There's this sort of rage happening, but it's also now being filmed and we all have ourselves under surveillance."
"To me, that is so twisted," he added. "To get into the brain of someone like that was freaky. It freaked me out. After I wrote it, all I wanted to do was get that out of my brain because it just freaked me out."
According to Time, Revolution Radio is Green Day's first album since the band released ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré! In 2012. It will be officially released on Oct. 7 and will contain a total of 12 tracks.
Green Day's "Bang Bang" track was leaked on YouTube earlier this week but those planning on downloading it may do so by pre-ordering Revolution Radio.