The Bay Area in California is home to many bands that have influenced modern music. The late 80’s and early 90’s was when pioneering bands like Operation Ivy, Green Day, Rancid, and AFI were established in the East Bay. These bands started off playing at the local music club 924 Gilman Street and have inspired many other bands throughout the decades. Operation Ivy helped pave the way for Green Day. Subsequently, Green Day’s first show at Gilman also happened to be Op Ivy’s final show.
Over the years, Green Day has put out numerous successful records, won multiple Grammy awards, produced a stage musical based on their album ‘American Idiot’, had a cameo role in The Simpsons Movie, amongst many other accomplishments and projects. The band recently made a roaring return in preparation of the release of their new album ‘Revolution Radio’ which will be available on October 07, 2016. They have released two thunderous tracks thus far: “Bang Bang” and title track “Revolution Radio”. Both tracks have been perceived positively with much anticipation of the new record.
Green Day recently premiered the music video for “Bang Bang” which was directed by Rancid’s Tim Armstrong, who was also a member of Operation Ivy. The high-energy video for the catchy song, which includes a quick cameo of Tim Armstrong, features a trio disguised as the band robbing a bank while the actual band performs in a house. The story line follows the magnetizing lyrics of the song with its hypnotizing hooks and rowdy riffs.
“Bang! Bang! Give me fame. Shoot me up to entertain… I wanna be a celebrity martyr. The leading man in my own private drama. Hurrah! (Bang! Bang!) Hurrah! (Bang! Bang!) The hero of the hour. Daddy’s little psycho and mommy’s little soldier.”
It has been fascinating to observe the evolution of punk rock since it stemmed in the 1970’s. Four decades later, these bands are still creating records with raucous sounds and making statements loud and clear. Green Day is set to go on a world tour alongside the release of ‘Revolution Radio’. They will be playing at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on October 17th. Punk’s not dead. It’s still riveting, righteous, and rad.
“Bang Bang” music video: