It’s been four years since our beloved Green Day’s last studio album. The legendary, five-time Grammy Award-winning rock band just released the first single off their 12th studio album, Revolution Radio, which is set to be released October 7th via Reprise Records.

Full of fiery angst and fast-paced guitar riffs, “Bang Bang” will take you back to the OG Green Day days, reminiscent of American Idiot and resembling songs like “St. Jimmy” and “Jaded”. It’s a heavily political track and a dark one at that, as can be heard in the chorus: “Bang, bang, give me fame/Shoot me up to entertain/I am a semi-automatic lonely boy/You’re dead, I’m well fed.” Inspired by recent events, the lyrics get you inside the mind of a mass shooter, looking to gain fame and attention from killing people. We told you it was dark.

In a Rolling Stone interview, vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong said, “It’s about the culture of mass shooting that happens in America mixed with narcissistic social media. There’s this sort of rage happening, but it’s also now being filmed and we all have ourselves under surveillance. To me, that is so twisted. To get into the brain of someone like that was freaky. It freaked me out.”

Sure enough, Green Day has come back with a “Bang Bang”. It’s a great song that you’ll definitely have on repeat for hours. We can’t wait to hear what they have for us next.

Run Time: 3:25
Release Date: August 11, 2016

Check out the song “Bang Bang”