Green Day Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong Says ‘Father of All…’ Reminds Him of ‘Longview’

2019-12-31

Green Day – Story by Cat Badra, photo by Pamela Littky

“Father of All…,” the new single from Green Day, is a lot like Green Day’s 1994 track “Longview,” says frontman Billie Joe Armstrong

Green Day has a new single out, and Billie Joe Armstrong believes that track, “Father of All…” is a lot like “Longview,” the famed lead single off Green Day’s 1994 breakout record, “Dookie.”

“It represents Green Day in a new way, but in a familiar way where the playing is on fire,” Armstrong told Kerrang! of “Father of All…,” which is also the title track off Green Day’s upcoming album. “It reminds me a lot of ‘Longview’ in a strange way, just because it’s all of the elements of Green Day just blasting out in a two-and-a-half-minute song.”

Armstrong added he that he thinks “Father of All…” is “probably the best first single Green Day ever wrote.”

“It represents Green Day in a new way, but in a familiar way where the playing is on fire,” Armstrong says of “Father of All…” “It reminds me a lot of ‘Longview’ in a strange way, just because it’s all of the elements of Green Day just blasting out in a two-and-a-half-minute song.”

As for the rest of the sound and style of the new album, Armstrong says it’s very different for Green Day, since he was listening to Motown, soul and hip-hop while making the record. That said, Armstrong says “no one’s going to start rapping anytime soon” in Green Day.

“We don’t want to do what everyone would expect us to do, so it was just kinda mischief and making it fun,” added drummer Tré Cool. “That was the bottom line of it.”

“Father of All…,” which is the follow-up to 2016’s “Revolution Radio,” will hit stores on Feb. 7. Green Day will also tour in 2020 behind the album with Fall Out Boy and Weezer.

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