Green Day

Father Of All Motherfuckers

Written by: PP on 25/10/2020 03:31:01

Imagine generation Z starting to get into music from 2010 onwards and discovering Green Day through the following masterpieces: "¡Uno!", "¡Dos!", "¡Tre!" in 2012, and "Revolution Radio" in 2016? No wonder they get so much hate, and that's not about to get any better with the cringe-worthy title, this year's "Father Of All Motherfuckers". As the thirteenth studio album for the band, they've decided that the last decade's efforts were awful (because they were) and it's time to delve fully into their garage rock alter ego world of Foxboro Hot Tubs. I guess something had to be done, being they're a decade separated from "21st Century Breakdown" (which is a genuinely great album when you go back and listen to it), and another decade from their previous good record (yes, "Warning" in 2000, I'm looking at you. "American Idiot" is where you sold out, fuck that rock opera shit).

No wonder they're confused about what the big deal is?! And I'm afraid it's not about to get any better. A total switch in style, "Father Of All Motherfuckers" is an 80s inspired garage rock album with badly produced vocals that sounds faintly familiar in that it's, sure enough, Billie Joe Armstrong singing, but you wouldn't believe for the life of you it is Green Day playing this record. Now, sometimes that can be good, even a great thing, but that is certainly not the case here where even a career extension would have been preferable. After all, we go to Green Day for simple pop punk sing-alongs and catchy guitars, and to The Hives for excellent garage rock, right? Instead, we have a cringy The Kinks style rock-about "Stab You In The Heart", and a blatant attempt at re-creating "Wake Me Up When September Ends" just with different lyrics on "Junkies On A High".

The thing is, "Father Of All Motherfuckers" isn't even that bad of an album if it was released by some no-name local band in the garage rock genre. It wouldn't be mentioned internationally, but it could become one of those launchpads for at least national fame for some. But in a Green Day context, it's simply not good enough. One great song, "Sugar Youth" - an upbeat punk rock song with catchy lyrics and bouncy guitars (despite its garage production) is just not enough to lift the record out of mediocrity. Let's all just ask ourselves: is THIS really the record we wanted Green Day to write?

5

Download: Sugar Youth, I Was A Teenage Teenager
For the fans of: Foxboro Hot Tubs, The Kinks,
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Release date 07.02.2020
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