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Green Day has released a new single, “Bang Bang,” during which frontman Billie Joe Armstrong sings from the perspective of a mass shooter.

Opening with newscasters discussing mass shootings, the East Bay trio dives face first into the speedy track.

“Bang, bang, give me fame,” Armstrong sings. “Shoot me up to entertain.”

Armstrong recently told Rolling Stone the song examines “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 getting into the character’s head was “freaky.”

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, center, with bassist Mike Dirnt, right, and drummer Tre Cool rock the house during a concert at Bill Graham Civic

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, center, with bassist Mike Dirnt, right, and drummer Tre Cool rock the house during a concert at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, Calif. on Wednesday, November 24, 2004. (Tue Nam Ton/Bay Area News Group)

“It freaked me out,” he said. “After I wrote it, all I wanted to do was get that out of my brain because it just freaked me out.”

I once wrote a song from the perspective of a squirrel. That was pretty freaky, too.

Green Day will release next album “Revolution Radio” Oct.7. It’s the band’s first new record since 2012.

Tony Hicks writes celebrity commentary for the Bay Area News Group. Contact him at Facebook.com/BayAreaNewsGroup.TonyHicks or Twitter.com/tonyhicks67


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