Allow Green Day to start your day off with a bang.
The “American Idiot” rockers unleashed their new single, “Bang Bang,” on the world Thursday, and it’s about what one has come to expect from Billie Joe Armstrong and company — a breakneck beat and buzzsaw guitar, with Armstrong spitting out lyrics such as, “You’re dead, I’m well-fed/Give me death or give me head.”
Why not both?
Armstrong told Rolling Stone that “Bang Bang” is written 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,” Armstrong said. “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.”
“I don’t know why someone would ever do something that horrific because I know I never would,” Armstrong added. “It’s just sort of meant to also reflect the culture a little bit without sounding pretentious.”
The group also said Thursday that its new album, “Revolution Radio,” will be released on October 7.
Listen to the new tune below.