Updated: Jul 1, 2020
For their 13th album, Green Day decide to do away with the politics and bring on the party.
The decision for Green Day to eschew the political pageantry of their previous work and focus on a more raucous 1950’s era straight rock and roll album is a welcome one. Although arguably the band have more political firepower than ever to aim their vitriol filled microphone at, the band have seemingly stepped away to focus on good old-fashioned sex, drugs and Rock ‘N Roll.
Speaking to NME lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong outlined why the band decide to step away from politics for their latest album. “It was just too obvious… We live in really dangerous times right now. Everything feels sort of unpredictable. America is really fucked-up and it’s hard to draw any inspiration from it because it just depresses me.” Thankfully, this turned out to be the right decision as the finished album is one of the most exuberant of the bands storied catalogue.
At 10 tracks and under half an hour long, Father Of All…manages to compress Green Day down to their most basic components. Gone is the pomp and grandeur of American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown and in their place, an angry album that is full to the brim of nothing but “piss and vinegar”.
The lead single, and title track, Father Of All… gets the party started almost instantly with a glam rock drum beat and chunky guitar riff that instantly gets your foot tapping. The falsetto tones of Billie Joe used on the title track Father Of All… show a different side of Green Day, a much looser, jaunty side, and that isn’t a bad thing.
Tracks like Sugar Youth and the Chan Romero’s Hippy Hippy Shake style Stab You In The Heart continue the energy and are straight up American diner anthems clad in leather jacket and accompanying quiff.
Junkies On A High is another high point of the album and shows that while Green Day may have let their hair down a little on this album, they still have stadium anthems ready to go when they hit the road. I Was A Teenage Teenager could almost be an homage back to early 90’s Weezer whereas Fire, Ready Aim is short injection of pure rock adrenaline.
Green Day have let their hair down on their thirteenth effort and have focused on straight up Rock ‘N Roll. The result may alienate fans who were looking for Billie Joe’s deep dive into the current political climate, but for everyone else, it’s a fucking riot.