by Luis Gómez
It’s said that history doesn’t repeat, but it rhymes. In unrelated news, Green Day has a new record out. It’s okay. Now I know you want me to go into more depth, but really that’s basically all I can tell you about it. It’s an okay Green Day album. The band’s had an... let’s say interesting time since American Idiot came out. They followed it up with 21st Century Breakdown, an album that wasn’t great but that 14-year old me loved. And then they had the world’s least interesting triple album with ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré! which nobody liked, because they were dumb. And now we come to Revolution Radio, which in many ways is a return to form. It doesn’t disappoint, but it also doesn’t have any of the emotional highs of tracks like “21 Guns,” and that’s fine. It doesn’t sink to the boringness of some of the tracks off ¡Uno!, but it also doesn’t have the single power that drove American Idiot or their earlier stuff to fame. Thematically it’s very similar to their earlier work. There’s an undercurrent of “I’m mad as hell, fuck the system, punk forever” that’s been in Green Day’s music since the band came into existence. The tracks even sound similar; the album’s lead single “Bang Bang” has this radio announcer start thing that the band did on “East Jesus Nowhere” back in 2009, and there are a few chord progressions that sound like Billie Joe rewriting parts of American Idiot. Mike Dirnt is still there ooo-ing harmonies in the background. Basically, if you were waiting for Green Day to continue existing, they are, in fact, still around.