It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since Best Coast released The Only Place, but this is the first new original material we’ve heard from Bethany and Bobb since May 2012. Luckily, the two came out of hiding for Record Store Day to bless us with another summer jam with the added bonus of Bethany’s dad on the drums. But I can’t pretend like the band hasn’t been doing anything all these months. They have, after all, been on tour with Green Day. The honor attached to that achievement goes without saying. Welcome back, Best Coast.
Well, with Billie Joe still seeking treatment for substance abuse, Green Day have had to seek alternative methods for promoting the last two albums of their trilogy. That includes a bit of improvising for their videos, though I’m loving the nostalgia here. This one comes off the last installment of the trilogy ¡Tré!, which may end up being my favorite — musically — of the collection. But my personal favorite will definitely be ¡Dos! It came out during an extremely difficult time in my life and just resonated with me on a deeper level than the other two.
I don’t fault Billie Joe for being human and succumbing to his vices, but it really is a shame the band couldn’t promote the rest of the trilogy as hard as they did ¡Uno! Considering it’s some of their best work, it deserved the attention to match the hard work. Luckily, us Green Day diehards took matters into our own hands and became the band’s unofficial spokespersons for the past few months, hijacking social media to promote the albums ourselves. And while sales say we may have failed, fuck ‘em. Green Day has never been and will never be about commercial performance. Critics love the trilogy and, more importantly, fans love the trilogy.
And what more could a fan of music ask for than their favorite artist releasing three albums in three months. That right there is an unbreakable bond. Devotion.
To the anon who questioned why I hadn’t posted my thoughts on this video yet, well, I was simply waiting for ¡Dos! to officially drop so I could give my boys their well-dserved attention. That’s right, today marks the birth of the second album in Green Day’s immensely ambitious trilogy. In just two months, this band has released two, count ‘em TWO, albums. There could never be any doubt why they’re my favorite band. Never.
One would assume with so many songs written, recorded, and released all at once that ¡Dos! would bear some resemblance to ¡Uno! — right? Wrong. Each album exists as a collection of songs that couldn’t work without each other; they’re linked together. I’m not sure if the boys made this trilogy consciously conceptualizing each body of work, but the sound of each album thus far is so polarizing, it’s hard to even compare the two. Green Day took some risks on this album that I didn’t think were creatively possible for a band with this type of longevity. I mean, at what point do the ideas run out? I’m just forever awestruck by their work ethic and ability to bring some nuance to a dying genre. Yes, folks, rock as we know it is coming to an end.
But, back to the video. Now, historically Green Day have been know for their visuals, but I must admit because they’ve released so many videos for this trilogy, they’ve all felt a bit forced. So many are basic performance pieces; no bells, no whistles. “Stray Heart,” however, is just classic Green Day. I love it and I fucking love this album. Let’s share that love.
So…about that repulsive impulse — well, regardless of the decades-long hold it has had over Billie Joe, it makes for some of Green Day’s hardest hitting music. Substance abuse may destroy the mind and body, but it’s fuel for creativity. I’ll admit, I sensed something was off with Billie Joe and it had nothing to do with his “I’m not fucking Justin Bieber!” rant. Remember when I mentioned that somewhere in between 21st Century Breakdown and now Green Day rediscovered their swagger, but I couldn’t pinpoint when? Well, it was when Billie Joe started using again. Plain and simple.
I keep hearing so many critics express disappoint in Billie Joe, but I will never judge someone for their struggles. Ever. I will always be proud of Billie Joe. He is, first and foremost, an excellent father and husband. The fact that he is seeking help for this addiction — which has plagued him since he was a teenager — is proof of that. Nothing Billie Joe, or the rest of Green Day, could say or do will ever let me down. I owe them my life, and I’m proud to say they’ve been a part of said life for its entire duration.
I also could not be prouder of ¡Uno! It’s up there with their best and has me on the edge of my seat for the rest of this ambitious trilogy. “Stay the Night” is tentatively my favorite song on the album (that will change in an hour) and I love the minimalist approach they took for this video. It mirrors the video they shot for “Nuclear Family,” and is a nice follow-up to the high-class rock ‘n’ roll videos they released for “Oh Love” and “Kill the DJ.” So, in conclusion, please show some love to my boys and pick up their album. And if you don’t buy for it, for fuck’s sake, just please fucking listen to it. That is my one request.
Somewhere—I wish I could pinpoint the exact moment it happened—between 21st Century Breakdown and now, Green Day discovered a little thing called swagger. And it suits them oh so very well. I’m sure mass criticism is looming, but their unapologetic attitude is what makes Green Day muthafuckin’ Green Day. It won’t faze them, and why should it? The one thing I’m anticipating most about the new material is how incredible it’s going to sound live. Rage.
I love that after 20 years in the game, my boys still now how to rock the fuck out. This video is just pure sex; it’s essentially an orgy during band practice. When I heard that the first album of the trilogy would be released so close to Election Day, I assumed it would be another politically charged record, but that hasn’t been the case from everything I’ve heard. What we have here folks is some good ol’ Rock ‘n’ Roll.
“Hitchin’ A Ride” - Florence + the Machince & Dev Hynes (Green Day cover)
Florence has gone on record hundreds of times to profess her love for Green Day, so I’ve always wondered when she would cover one of their songs. This is the first I’ve heard of, but I might be wrong. I’m gonna assume this is how she lost her voice because, oh my word, that shriek midway through the song. Only Florence.
I’m assuming these updates are now a weekly thing, which is music to my ears (literally). This is like the less polished, more grunge Green Day. Or as Billie Joe likes to describe it: the sexy-“It’s Fuck TIme”-Green Day. I dig it. A lot. ¡Dos! will be released two months after ¡Uno! on November 13.