“Bang, bang, give me fame. Shoot me up to entertain.”
Billie Joe Armstrong tells Rolling Stone that the first song from Green Day‘s first album in almost five years is sung from the perspective of a mass shooter.
“It’s about the culture of mass shooting that happens in America mixed with narcissistic social media. 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.
“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,” Armstrong added. “I don’t know why someone would ever do something that horrific because I know I never would.”
Due in early October, Revolution Radio will be Green Day’s first full-length LP since Armstrong entered rehab for prescription pill addiction four years ago, bassist Mike Dirnt’s wife, Brittney, was diagnosed with breast cancer, and touring guitarist Jason White found out he had tonsil cancer.
Listen to the lyric video below.
read the entire Rolling Stone interview here.