Punk group Green Day recently sat down with Rolling Stone and talked about their new three-album collection Uno!, Dos! and Tré! and what fans can expect from it. In the interview, Billie Joe talks about how their new albums will sound “somewhere between ACDC and The Beatles” and how they wanted to have fun with this record as the last one was so serious.
I don’t know about you, but I’m really excited for this record. A lot of people give Green Day shit because “Oh this new stuff isn’t Dookie.” Just as a reminder to you guys, Green Day has put out eight albums (Uno!,Dos! and Tré! will be their ninth) so if you actually expect these dudes to be playing the same music that they made in 1990, you’re being a little short sighted. That discussion will probably arise again when the new collection drops this Fall, and I cannot wait to have that conversation with you.
You can check out the full interview here, but click through the break to see portions of the interview.
What did you think Green Day needed to do next, after American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown? You couldn’t do a third punk opera in a row.
People ask me all the time. Even my son asked me, “Dad, would you ever go back to playing songs like from [1994's] Dookie and [1992's] Kerplunk?” I love those records. I love the punk stuff I grew up on. But there are so many bands who make the mistake – “We’re going back, old-school.” Well, that’s all you’re doing. You already did it. So we’re changing the guitar sound. We’re not going with the big Marshall-amp thing. We wanted something punchier, more power pop – somewhere between AC/DC and the early Beatles.
There is a different density, from the operas, in the new mixes I’ve heard. There are not a lot of parts in there, but what goes on in the songs has dimension and thrust.
The last two records were studio albums. This one – we started rehearsing every day, constructing these songs together. It felt like we were all in a room jamming – everyone in the mix, throwing out ideas. If you listen to it, it feels grand. But it also feels like a garage band.
When did you realize you had three albums’ worth of solid new songs instead of just one?
The songs just kept coming, kept coming. I’d go, “Maybe a double album? No, that’s too much nowadays.” Then more songs kept coming. And one day, I sprung it on the others: “Instead of Van Halen I, II and III, what if it’s Green Day I, II and III and we all have our faces on each cover?”