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As one of the most prolific punk-rock bands of the past three decades, Green Day continues to show no signs of slowing down. The trio are now weeks away from the release of their latest album and have just debuted a shiny new music video to go with it.
“Bang Bang” is the lead single from Green Day’s 12th studio album, Revolution Radio, set to be released October 7. The new record comes four years after the band’s hiatus, caused by the rocky release of the trilogy ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tre!. Shortly after the albums dropped, lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong entered rehab after a breakdown at a 2012 Los Angeles concert, while both bassist Mike Dirnt’s wife and touring guitarist Jason White were diagnosed with cancer (both are now in remission).
Armstrong has stated that the new track is written from the perspective of a mass shooter, but the video portrays a much lighter tone. “Bang Bang” opens with three teens in Green Day masks robbing a bank and making national news in the process. The robbers hit up a very adult house party (look at those coffered ceilings!) to share their loot with Green Day and the rest of the party-goers.
In a surprising move, the band doesn’t continue the social commentary of the lyrics to “Bang Bang” with the video. In all likelihood, Green Day may have felt they didn’t need to add another violent image in the media.
The video for “Bang Bang” is directed by Rancid guitarist Tim Armstrong. Revolution Radio is set to be released on October 7.