Green Day put their humble beginnings to bed with the release of two epic concept albums that solidified themselves as one of the most essential contemporary American rock bands. But now, even the sprawl of American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown is too confining for the boys from Berkeley, as they have announced that they will be releasing a trio of brand new albums between September and January.
“We are at the most prolific and creative time in our lives. This is the best music we’ve ever written, and the songs just keep coming,” the band said in a statement released by their publicist last night. “Instead of making one album, we are making a three album trilogy. Every song has the power and energy that represents Green Day on all emotional levels.”
The albums will be titled ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tre!, the third eschewing the proper Spanish spelling of “three” in favor of a reference to drummer Tré Cool. They represent the first proper releases from the band since 2009. ¡Uno! will hit stores on September 25, with ¡Dos! following on November 13 and ¡Tre! hitting on January 15 2013. There’s no indication about what the new music might sound like, though fans in Japan, France, Germany, and Italy may be able to get a preview when the band plays festivals in those countries later this summer.
Green Day have come a long way since the early days, grinding out primitive pop punk on small labels and clawing their way up the alt-rock ladder in the ’90s. American Idiot remains one of the defining rock moments of the new century and an extremely mature work. They say their new music will be “epic as f—,” but we’ll always have a soft spot for the kids who started the mud fight at Woodstock ’94.
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