Yep, you heard right: Green Day are back. And while lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong may be all grown up, the band will never get old. In the October/November 2012 issue of Nylon Guys writer Chris Norris talks to the guys about life, love, and, more importantly, their brand new trilogy of albums.
Bassist Mike Dirnt on what drives the band creatively:
“Every nine or 10 years, we seem to go through an intense creative period, and you tend to get your urgency from different things — whether because it’s your first record and you want to prove something to the world, or whether it’s just seeing life go by.”
Billie Joe Armstrong on reaching a milestone birthday earlier this year:
“It was relieving, cause for the three months before it, I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Then when it happened, I was like, ‘Oh, I’m still alive.’ That’s what’s been freaking me out lately, how it passes.”
Long-time producer Rob Cavallo on the band’s speed of execution:
“[Billie Joe] sang Dookie in four or five days, the whole album. But what’s amazing is this time he sang the leads and all the harmonies on all three new records in just about two hours per song…[that’s] unheard of.” - Rob Cavallo
Armstrong on the new albums’ softer tracks like “Oh Love”:
“I’d been singing about hate and setting things on fire for so long, I guess it was about time I wrote about this.”
Read the full interview in the newest issue of Nylon Guys, on stands now.