Armstrong's two sons both make music
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has spoken about his children making music.
Armstrong’s teen son Jakob Armstrong goes by the name Jakob Danger, while Jakob’s older brother Joey is also a musician and plays drums in the band Swmrs.
While Jakob previously told NME that he is more inspired by The Strokes than his father’s band, Billie Joe has told Beats 1 of his kids’ musical efforts: “I’m a fan of their music. I think Jacob is a great songwriter. It blew me away when he wrote ‘King of the World’, I was like wow. I didn’t know he had it in him. He’s not the most talkative guy in the world, which is like talk about virtue. He’s mixing it up and playing in these great punk venues.”
“And then Swmrs, Joey is an unbelievable drummer, he really has honed in his craft. Just everyday he’s getting better and better and he loves anyone from [The Who drummer] Keith Moon to Questlove [of The Roots], some of his favourites. But like [Swmrs frontman] Cole Becker as a songwriter, I mean he’s an original. They just got weird. They came out totally rocking and sound like yeah its seamless. I wouldn’t be talking about them right now. I’m really proud of them, I’m proud of both of them they’re great.”
Jakob Danger is signed to California label Burger Records (home of Fidlar, Thee Oh Sees and more).
Speaking to NME, Armstrong said: “My two favourite bands are The Strokes and Beach Fossils – those are my two biggest influences. When it comes to the music and the guitar parts and bass, I like that style of music. I love the way The Strokes and Beach Fossils sound, so I wanted to see if I could write songs like that.”
Despite following in the footsteps of his father, Armstrong insists that he sounds nothing like the pop-punk band. “My music is not at all related to my father,” he claims. “It’s my own personal thing. I don’t really worry too much about that. I just think: this is my music, it’s different from my father’s, and if people want to listen to it, they can.”
“If people say I sound like my dad, then it’s probably just because I’m his son. That’s just how it works, I guess. It’s my voice. It’s how I sing. I’ve never taken singing lessons before or anything – it’s natural!”
Explaining his moniker, Armstrong also revealed that Danger is his actual middle name. “That’s why I chose to go by that – I think it sounds pretty cool.”
Listen to music from Jakob Danger below.
Watch Swmrs’ video for ‘Figuring It Out’ beneath.