Over thirty years and numerous stylistic influences along the way, nowadays it’s hard to pinpoint exactly where Green Day will venture with any new record.
Whilst it would be easy for the trio to deliver radio-friendly punk or stadium filling anthems, both of which they’ve provided in spades by now, instead the group have gone for a concise and disco induced blend of punk rock for their thirteenth LP, ‘Father Of All Motherfuckers’.
Opening with scattered beats and disco punk infused vocals with ‘Father Of All…’, the band deliver a blend of disco beats, claps, garage punk chords, and catchy vocals to create a strange yet infectious opener. Following up with ‘Fire, Ready, Aim’, swinging claps and squealing guitars fight for space against Billie Joe Armstrong‘s swaggering vocal delivery.
Bringing a sleazy riff to ‘Oh Yeah!’, the record continues to marry punk guitars and energy with spatters of synths and harmonious gang vocals to create a sound that’s unique for the trio, yet retains their trademark ear for melody.
As highlighted on ‘Meet Me On The Roof’, regardless of what influences the trio have taken on board, they can still deliver a solid chorus and a structure that refuses to settle down.
Whilst purists and die-hard fans may be put off by the stylistic change that the first handful of tracks offer, as the record progresses, Green Day‘s hallmarks begin to poke through; from Mike Dirnt‘s bass lines leading the way on ‘I Was A Teenage Teenager’ or Tre Cool‘s high energy and accent heavy beats on ‘Stab You In The Heart’ elevating the track past its rock ‘n’ roll roots.
With the trio navigating many milestones in their storied career, it’s refreshing to hear Green Day play loose and without restriction. Whilst they may have always done what they wished, ‘Father Of All Motherfuckers’ delivers the closest to the group’s live experience, with tracks sifting through multiple influences and tones, from the bratty ‘Sugar Youth’ to the slinking ‘Junkies On A High’.
Whilst the record may not lean towards a radio-friendly hit or a grandiose statement as we’ve seen from them in the past, ‘Father Of All Motherfuckers’ delivers a concise and enjoyable run-through of Green Day‘s versatility. As usual with the trio, the record highlights that, regardless of style, Green Day can write an ear worm, and it will rarely be presented in a style that you expect.