After successful headline slots at Reading and Leeds Festivals Green Day release the single ‘American Idiot’ on September 13th on Reprise. The single is an introduction to the album of the same name that follows a week later.
‘American Idiot’ is classic Green Day – raging with the aggression and infectiousness that has typified their biggest hits and best loved material. Topically it tees up the album perfectly, taking a perfectly timed crack at the culture of fear and propaganda as spread by the American news media.
Produced by Rob Cavallo, ‘American Idiot’ – the first new studio album from the band in four years - is not only Green Day’s most ambitious album to date, but also perhaps one of the most audacious efforts in the history of punk. Centred around two five-part, nine minute epics (‘Jesus Of Suburbia’ and ‘Homecoming’), ‘American Idiot’ is an expansive and intimately crafted concept album, detailing the alienation and disillusionment of the American citizen under Bush’s post-War On Terror administration.