Green Day: ‘Our album trilogy is somewhere between AC/DC and early Beatles’

Billie Joe Armstrong has also called the three part '¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré!' a 'crazy idea'

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day has called the band’s forthcoming trilogy of albums “a crazy idea that happens to be working really well.”

Speaking to Rolling Stone about ‘¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré!’, Armstrong also explained that the new albums will be ‘power pop’. He said of the band’s fresh musical direction:

We wanted something punchier, more power pop – somewhere between AC/DC and the early Beatles.

Armstrong added that the song ‘Kill The DJ’ on ‘¡Uno!’ is a ‘dance’ song, influenced by The Clash‘s ‘Sandinista!’, Ian Dury‘s ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll’ and the Tom Tom Club‘s ‘Genius of Love’.

He also revealed that the new albums have a ‘garage band’ quality, saying: “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.”

Green Day recently unveiled the artwork for ‘¡Uno!’. The trio debuted the new cover, which features singer Armstrong’s face, with his eyes crossed out, against a swamp green background, via a YouTube clip. You can watch the video by scrolling down and clicking.

‘¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré!’ will be released in three stages, with the first album ‘¡Uno!’ coming out on September 24. The second LP ‘¡Dos!’ comes out on November 12 and finally, ‘¡Tré!’ will be released on January 14 2013. All the albums are available to pre-order now from the band’s official website

The band have today cancelled a free ‘secret’ show where they were set to debut new material. The gig, which was set for this Friday (June 22) in the Burbank area of Los Angeles, has been pulled due to safety concerns. A spokesperson said: “The anticipated turnout was well into the thousands, and after monitoring the situation, fears were the number would dramatically swell and pose serious concern for safety of concert-goers once the location was made public.”

Green Day will play headline shows at Japan’s Summer Sonic festival and France’s Rock En Seine in August and a headline slot at I-Day festival in Bologna, Italy on September 2 as well as three shows in Germany in late August.