Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong is opening up about the band's latest efforts -- a trilogy of albums, titled ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré!, which will be released two months apart this fall and winter.
However, don't expect another epic rock opera from the punk band. When it comes to Green Day's latest endeavor, Armstrong told Rolling Stone that they wanted something "punchier."
"People ask me all the time. Even my son asked me, 'Dad, would you ever go back to playing songs like from [1994's] Dookie and [1992's] Kerplunk?' I love those records. I love the punk stuff I grew up on. But there are so many bands who make the mistake -- 'We're going back, old-school.' Well, that's all you're doing. You already did it," said Armstrong.
"So we're changing the guitar sound," he added. "We're not going with the big Marshall-amp thing. We wanted something punchier, more power pop -- somewhere between AC/DC and the early Beatles."
The trilogy will follow 2009's 21st Century Breakdown, a critically acclaimed record that topped the Billboard charts. Green Day has never shied away from societal issues, and as the band previously demonstrated on 2004's American Idiot, they're not afraid of getting political. One of the tracks on ¡Tré! -- "99 Revolutions" -- features multiple references to the Occupy Wall Street movement.
In March, Armstrong and Mike Dirnt said their next album would focus heavily on sex. No word on how sex factors into ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré!, but Armstrong promised that the record would be "the first time we've ever really sung about f*****g."
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