“We’re changing the guitar sound,” frontman Billie Joe Armstrong told Rolling Stone about the band’s new direction. “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.”
“The last record got so serious,” he continues. “We wanted to make things more fun.” Some of the “fun” new songs include “Fuck Time”, which they first played as their side project The Foxboro Hot Tubs, and a tune called “Kill The DJ”, which Armstrong describes as a “four-on-the-floor” dance number.
“We were trying to figure out how to make dance music without turning into a dance band… It’s a song about being drunk, going through this chaos, feeling fucked up and all you want to do is get more drunk: ‘I don’t even want to know about it anymore.’”
Lest you think the band has stopped being political, think again —they also have a song called “99 Revolutions” that includes references to the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Read the full interview over at Rolling Stone. And look out for ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré! on September 25, November 13, and January 15, respectively.