¡Dos! – Green Day

¡Dos! is the second album in the Green Day album trilogy, and unlike it’s predecessor, ¡Uno! – which took the band back to their roots of their 1994 album Dookie, and although not the best Green Day album was still a strong record all round – this album takes a different turn as it seems that the band are once again trying something new; as they did with ‘Kill The DJ’ on Uno!, which really did not suit the band well.

dosSongs such as ‘Fuck Time’, which does give off a Sex Pistols vibe and begins after a rather odd introductory track by Billie Joe Armstrong – lead singer of the band, which is completed by Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool – along with ‘Nightlife’ don’t show the band’s true potential; especially ‘Nightlife’ which is more a slow chat tied together with female vocals rather than a song.

The album does start to take off with ‘Lazy Bones’, but rather than taking fans back to what they know and love, they have created another song which should have been on their 2009 album ’21st Century Breakdown’, and you don’t need to ask any Green Day fans to know that they thought that was not the best album of their career.

The album then picks up and starts to become slightly darker with ‘Ashley’, which sets a lower tone for the rest of the album, however it does not stay on this path, it’s as if the band couldn’t make up their mind about the tone of the album. ‘Baby Eyes’ has the potential to be a powerful song, but as soon as the intro is over the song becomes sugar-coated and more light-hearted.

The track list ends with ‘Amy’, a tribute to Amy Winehouse, and signs off an album which does have high points and some great tunes such as ‘Stray Heart’, but with the hype that the band gave it by saying it’s like “you’re at the party”; an album with a lot more punch was to be expected.

Now we get ready for ¡Tre!

Listen to: Fuck Time and Lazy Bones.

The Full Track-Listing is as Follows:

See You Tonight

Fuck Time

Stop When The Red Lights Flash

Lazy Bones

Wild One

Makeout Party

Stray Heart

Ashley

Baby Eyes

Lady Cobra

Nightlife

Wow! That’s Loud

Amy

¡Uno! – Green Day

Green Day deliver an album which takes them back to their Dookie days.

The album starts off with an explosive boom, as ‘Nuclear Family’ kicks in and starts off the 12-track record, straight away it is clear that the trio have attempted to go back to their roots with this album; as the song starts off with a three-fingered riff which is similar to the style of 1994 album, ‘Dookie’. This is a good thing, as with the release of 2004 album, ‘American Idiot’, a lot of Green Day fans did not like the new style of the band, who played giant rock operas, instead they wanted to see the old Green Day (before 1995). The band, made up of Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals/guitar), Mike Dirnt (vocals/bass) and Tre Cool (vocals/drums), have not just simply repeated what they created back in 1994 though, they have added different aspects, such as powerful solos, to make songs which old through to new Green Day fans will appreciate.

Green-Day-UNOThe album is off to a smashing start, and makes me want to listen on in the hope that the rest of the record is like this. The song also opens up to the next part of the album by counting down from 10 at the end.

The record continues on its path to launching the band in to super-stardom once again, as second track ‘Stay The Night’ kicks in, it is another amazing song which gives of the ‘Dookie’ feeling with an extended breakdown and a chorus which you wont be able to help but sing to and will be running around your head for weeks to come.

As soon as ‘Let Yourself Go’ starts, it jumps into the song like ‘St. Jimmy’ did on their ‘American Idiot’ album, and although it is a completely different song, it still portrays the anger and non-compliance that ‘St. Jimmy’ (and most of ‘American Idiot’) gave out. However this time it is about being absolutely pissed off with someone, rather than the whole government, and wanting to beat the s**t out of them, with lyrics like “shut your mouth because you’re talking too much, and I don’t give a f**k anyway”. With Tre Cool screaming “shut the f**k up” in the background and the gritty sound of Armstrong’s voice, you can really feel the aggression coming from song.

‘Kill The DJ’, the second single released from ‘¡Uno!’, shows the band trying something new, a sort of disco theme which really doesn’t fit in with the rest of the album; as it doesn’t show who the band are and what they can do. Green Day can wander out of their comfort zone to create something different, but not go so far as to play a song better suited for a different genre. The string wobbling solo during in the breakdown is a nice touch though.

The sixth track ‘Fell For You’ shows that the band, amongst writing rock operas, can still write songs about love and having a crush on someone, it is not a mushy-gooey song about falling head over heels for someone though; as the trio do the song in their own punk themed way By having lyrics such as “I crash into you, ’cause you crashed in my imagination too. Break a leg and you crush my heart, I’m a mess and you’re a work of art” are not your usual love song lyrics.

As ‘Loss Of Control’ starts, the song shows off what the band have to offer, on every album the band have brought out through the years they have shown off each instrument to its full potential. Green Day are not just about the guitar and drums, they show off the bass guitar for the instrument which it is, whether it is throughout the classic ‘Longview’ track from ‘Dookie’ or the opening to ‘Loss Of Control’, Mike Dirnt shows off his skills on an instrument which is too underrated these days.

The band formed in Oakland, California in 1987, and have been creating punk/rock music ever since. Their first album being ’39/Smooth’ in 1990, which was released through (now deceased) Lookout! Records, along with their 1992 album ‘Kerplunk’. However it wasn’t until 1994 when Green Day released ‘Dookie’ that they were put onto the musical map, and signed to a much bigger label, Reprise Records. Once the band made the decision to sign to Reprise Records some fans thought they had sold out because they weren’t trying to support independent labels anymore. The band still held a wide fan base though, through their later albums ‘Insomniac’ (1995) and ‘Nimrod’ (1997). However when they released ‘Warning’ in 2000, it seemed that the punk aggression of the trio had fizzled out, with them playing a whole acoustic style album. It wasn’t over though as the world watched, when the band created the rock opera ‘American Idiot’ in 2004, which centred around a boy named Jimmy. They were put back on to the map and had created another album which would go down in punk history. 2009 saw Green Day release their second rock opera ’21st Century Breakdown’, this time focusing on a boy and girl named Christian and Gloria. Although the record was not as hard-hitting as ‘American Idiot’ it was still an all round success. This album, ‘¡Uno!’, is the first in a trilogy of albums which the band are releasing, the second being ‘¡Dos!’, November 13th, and the third being ‘¡Tre!’, January 15th.

green‘Sweet 16’ is another example of the band’s, or perhaps just Armstrong’s, softer side, which could possibly be written about his wife, Adrienne Nesser, who was also his high school sweetheart.

‘Rusty James’ has a deep meaning to the lyrics, the song is written about some of the old bands which Green Day used to play with when they were on the Californian punk scene, and the song asks where are they now, Green Day are still fighting for their cause rather than changing themselves for the mainstream.

It was odd when I discovered that the final track on the album, ‘Oh Love’, was the first single which had been released, however it is typical of Green Day to not follow the conventional rules. The song shows elements of classic Green Day and also a new style of palm-muted-string playing, which we first saw on the track ‘East Jesus Nowhere’ from ’21st Century Breakdown’. The song finishes off ‘¡Uno!’ just as powerfully as it began, and gets us ready for ‘¡Dos!’, the second in the trilogy.

This album has shown the whimsical riffs of the early albums and put them together with the talented writing and power of the more recent albums mixed in with a surge of rock and roll…a great album all round.

Green Day are back!!!

Listen to: Nuclear Family, Carpe Diem and Rusty James.

The Full Track-Listing is as Follows:

Nuclear Family

Stay The Night

Carpe Diem

Let Yourself Go

Kill The DJ

Fell For You

Loss Of Control

Troublemaker

Angel Blue

Sweet 16

Rusty James

Oh Love

Green Day’s Reading Appearance

It is 10:45am on Saturday morning, the second day of the Reading Festival, and the rumour has been spreading throughout the camping grounds about a surprise show by Green Day, one of the biggest punk rock bands in the world today. However little is known about when or where the show is, all that we have to go on is that the band’s recently released tour t-shirts say ‘Reading’ on them, so I’m staying on my toes and I’m ready for some news.

Fifteen minutes later I hear the opening riff to ‘Welcome To Paradise’ on the wind and instantly shoot on to my feet following the sound to try and find the source, it is coming from the NME/BBC Radio 1tent and by the time I get there I have already missed their opening song and ‘Murder City’, but have arrived just in time to catch ‘Know Your Enemy’, the people inside the tent should count themselves lucky, because security had to fence off the area to stop crowd problems.

Once the song has ended, front man, Billie Joe Armstrong, explains to the crowd “we’ve only got one hour, but I have a feeling we’re going to go over”, he is answered by screams from the crowd, and knowing what the audience want, the band, completed by Mike Dirnt on bass and Tre Cool on drums, jump right in to a new song called ‘Stay The Night’, which although new to the audience goes down well as everyone is jumping around to the three-rock-riffery of this legendary band. They then play their recently released single, ‘Oh Love’, which many of the fans here clearly know the lyrics to now.

One of the great things about seeing a Green Day show is that they are one of the best live bands, the trio know how to get the crowd going, and give them what they want to enjoy themselves. All the way through Billie Joe is making the crowd chant and sing and it feels very much like their Bullet In A Bible live show in 2005.

Earlier in the week Billie Joe said “it would be funny if we played our entire Dookie (1994) album”, although they did not deliver with playing through their best album, they did give the crowd a fair few of the tracks such as: Burnout, Longview and Basketcase. Amongst the Green Day classics, which, whether the crowd know them or not, go down a treat, they also blast out the tracks that have made them in to stadium megastars: Holiday, Letterbomb and St. Jimmy. All these songs get a tremendous sing-a-long from the audience.

The opening riff of American Idiot comes in and gets everyone off of their feet and singing to the sound of the song which gave Green Day their new image, a Broadway show and a record which sold over 14 million copies. However halfway through the breakdown of the song a stage hand comes on and tries to drag the singer off stage, telling him that their time was up. Billie Joe’s act of pushing him away and carrying on playing is greeted by cheers from the crowd.

However it seems that their set does have to be cut short as they start playing the opening chords of ‘Boulevard Of Broken Dreams’ and then cut off saying that they don’t have much time left, although the fans are not happy about this, their frowns are soon turned in to smiles as the band play ‘Minority’, creating one of the biggest sing-a-longs of the show.

Green Day sign off the show, not with the usual fan favourite, Good Riddance, but with ‘SHE’, an unreleased, but largely popular among fans, song from their ‘Dookie’ album. Although some in the crowd may think it was a bad way to end, not with one of their most famous songs, I though that was a great way to finish their set and I am sure I was not the only one.

At the start of this gig, just over an hour ago, Billie Joe screamed “we’re going to give you everything we’ve fucking got”, and the band did not disappoint, as in one part he brought out a toilet paper gun and a water pistol, it was a show worth running in the hot sunshine to get to and I am proud to say that I was there…a great way to start the second day of the Reading Festival.

Full Setlist:

Welcome To Paradise

Murder City

Know Your Enemy

Stay The Night

Oh Love

Holiday

Burnout

Hitchin’ A Ride

Letterbomb

Brain Stew

St. Jimmy

Longview

Basketcase

American Idiot

Minority

SHE

Watch: Bullet In A Bible Live CD/DVD

 

Green Day New Album Update

The time has come once again for Green Day, one of the worlds greatest punk rock bands, to deliver the world another helping of their album masterpieces, the last one being 21st Century Breakdown in 2009.

This is great news for avid Green Day fans who have stuck with the band through the three-chord rock riffery which was Dookie (1994) up to their rock operas American Idiot (2004) and 21st Century Breakdown. However not only are the band delivering a new album, they are giving us three!

The band claimed to have written fragments of around 70 songs, and out of these, 36 have made it on to the albums, which are named Uno!, Dos! and Tre!, the latter being named after the band’s drummer, Tre Cool.

Lead singer, Billie Joe Armstrong, recently tweeted; “UNO!, DOS!, TRE! FINISHED!” insinuating that the band had officially finished writing the albums, which were produced by Rob Cavallo who has worked on all their albums from Dookie onwards, except 21st Century Breakdown.

We have been told that in the albums the band have tried to go back to their original punk roots as they were on Dookie, but not leaving behind the sound which they have created, it will be “somewhere between AC/DC and early Beatles” says Billie Joe Armstrong.

The band, which consists of: Billie Joe Armstrong-Lead Vocals and Guitar, Mike Dirnt- Vocals and Bass and Tre Cool-Vocals and Drums, have said that ‘Uno!’ is as “getting in the mood to party”. With ‘Dos!’ “you’re at the party”, while “you’re cleaning up the mess” with ‘Tre!’.

The albums will be released in this order: Uno! On September 24th, Dos! On November 13th and Tre! On January 15th, with the first single from Uno!, called ‘Oh Love’, being released on July 16th.

The track listing for the album is as follows:
1. Nuclear Family
2. Stay The Night
3. Carpe Diem
4. Let Yourself Go
5. Kill The DJ
6. Fell For You
7. Loss Of Control
8. Troublemaker
9. Angel Blue
10. Sweet 16
11. Rusty James
12. Oh Love

The album artwork of the three albums has been released:

UNO!

DOS!

TRE!