By Helen Mamo
For Unwind magazine
Green day is synonymous with the word rebellion, thanks to their Grammy Award winning album “American Idiot,” released in 2004.
Much to the surprise of their online fanbase, after a 4-year hiatus Green Day has announced the release of their new album, “Revolution Radio.”
“The intro sounds a lot like their newer albums, but the verses and choruses really remind me of ‘21st Century Breakdown,'” said Matt Koenig, a junior biology and Japanese major, when he first listened to the title track. “It definitely leans more towards their modern sound because I can’t really hear much Dookie or Kerplunk in this one, but it’s still awesome.”
While most enjoy this new single, not all fans share Koenig’s enthusiasm. Of the band’s title track, junior environmental science and policy major Ben Painter said, “I’ve always liked Green Day’s ‘anti’ attitude. I mean ‘Minority’ is a classic, but I don’t know if I’m all about the style of the video itself. It seems too over-produced to be authentic Green Day.”
Junior psychology major Meredith Reid was not too familiar with the band’s history but shared a similar sentiment to Painter when she stated, “I do think that the song is okay, but it has a very generic message. They’re saying ‘legalize the truth’ but what do they think the truth is? I feel as though this song talks a whole lot without saying much. It supports the idea of revolution and change, but never says what exactly needs to change.”
The album’s release date is set for Oct. 7, 2016, and the band has released tour dates starting this fall – one being in DC’s 9:30 Club Monday Oct. 3. When it comes to describing the general theme of the new album, Tumblr user horseinacar put it best in her viral text post, “You know we f*cked when Green Day had to come back with another political album.”
One listen to their title track gives the immediate impression of a “political revolution and rebellion” while managing to still sound “nostalgic,” according to junior criminology and government and politics major Heaven Abraha. “This is exactly what I would expect to come out of the early 2000s,” Abraha said.
Here’s to hoping that the rest of the album explains the themes presented in the singles Green Day put out, because they’ve certainly managed to grab the attention of fans everywhere.