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.”
“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.