Green Day bassist got into fresh mindset for Revolution Radio album
By David Sands
August 18, 2016
Green Day’s Mike Dirnt and his bandmates have been looking back to look forward for their new album, Revolution Radio. In fact, according to NME, Dirnt even took bass lessons for the first time to prepare for the endeavor.
The other members of Green Day, singer and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong and drummer Tré Cool, also relearned their instruments to get in the right stripped-down frame of mind for the project.
What’s more, Cool tuned his drums himself for the recording.
“Tre’s drumming on this record is I think the best he’s ever done; I could say the same with Mike’s bass playing, ” Armstrong told Rolling Stone in an interview last week. “He really got into his musicianship as being a bass player…And it was just really great to see how he sort of flourished on those bass lines.”
Revolution Radio, Green Day’s 12th studio album, takes a look at the contemporary climate of chaos and anger in America. It’s is due for release on Oct. 7. The group revealed their video for the lead single “Bang Bang,” a musical meditation on mass shootings, on Aug. 11. (SEE BELOW).
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