Green Day: 'People Want To Hear Records That Have A Story'

Green Day have said that they are convinced people have a real appetite to hear albums "that have a story".

Green Day: 'People Want To Hear Records That Have A Story'
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Green Day have spoken about their new "¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré!" album trilogy and have said that they are convinced people have a real appetite to hear albums "that have a story". The pop-punk trio debuted "Oh Love", the first single from "¡Uno!", the first of their three new albums, yesterday (July 16) and you can hear it at the bottom of the page. Speaking to Billboard about the trilogy, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong said he would always look to write albums with narratives and to make songs that "speak to each other within an album". Asked about this, the singer said: "I'm not going to conform to some consumer need. I believe people want to hear this kind of music, that people want to hear records that have a story. Or maybe they don't. I have no idea." He continued: "I want to write killer songs, but I want them threaded together and to speak to each other within an album, which in this case is basically inside three albums." Armstrong added that he'd decided to call the records "¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré!" after his wife told him it was a "brilliant idea". He added: "Putting out even a double-record, let alone a triple-record, it didn't seem like it would work for us in this day and age. We wanted all of it to come out because we were proud of it, and then I was thinking in terms of volumes - one, two and three. I was in my kitchen and thought, 'What if we called them 'Uno,' 'Dos, 'Tré,' just as a joke?'" He continued: "And I told my wife about it and she said, 'Actually that's kind of a brilliant idea.' Then I brought it to the guys and asked them what they thought. They let it sink in and said yeah. Put my photo on the first one, Mike on the second one and Tré on the third." "¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré!" will be released in three stages, with the first album "¡Uno!" coming out on September 24. The second LP "¡Dos!" comes out on November 12 and "¡Tré!" on January 14, 2013. All of the albums are available to pre-order now from the band's website. The series is the follow-up to Green Day's 2009 studio album "21st Century Breakdown" and signals a move away from the band's spell of producing concept-driven records. To coincide with the albums' release, the band will release two documentaries. One is being made by Tim Lynch, a producer of the band's recent DVD "Green Day: Bullet In A Bible" and Tim Wheeler, a co-producer and editor of "The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights" and will focus on the making of the band's upcoming three albums. A second documentary is being created from vintage footage from the band's pre-"Dookie" days. Green Day will play headline shows at Japan's Summer Sonic festival and France's Rock En Seine in August and a headline slot at I-Day festival in Bologna, Italy on September 2 as well as three shows in Germany in late August. Thanks for the report to NME.com.

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    elcapitan1800
    Come on people, look at the context of what he says: "...people want to hear records that have a story. Or maybe they don't. I have no idea." All he is saying is that he likes songs within an album to have some connection to each other, which I am personally all for. That doesn't make it a rock opera
    chrisvasco23
    no i just want to hear good music.. not knocking on green day but if i wanted a story id read a book
    captainperoxide
    I think the area they're headed for with this trilogy is more of a themed connection, rather than an actual story connection like in American Idiot (or, worse, in 21CB). There's not going to be a cast of characters that these songs have in common, but I think in terms of the feel of the songs and the ideas behind them, there's going to be some kind of link.
    St. Jimmy609
    I have always been a Green Day fan, but the reason American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown aren't some of my favorite albums is because I felt like the songs were written about someone else, for someone else. The same goes for The Who's "Tommy". Older Green Day songs could have been written about me. Some people might want to hear stories but not me.
    Madferit420
    maybe you guys should focus on good music making since you've yet to do that in your career.
    Guitar_Jester
    I liked the teasers, but Oh Love sounds exactly like a song some shitty local band wrote last year. Annoying as ****.
    jor_guitar
    Alright people. Some of you are thinking like: wtf, now we just need to read a ****ing book. U don't have to if you don't want to. It's just something ATTACHED to these albums. AND IF you don't want to read, then don't read it. I see no ****ing problem in adding a story in an album... It's like adding photo's in an album. It's for the people who WANT to read it.
    spyrostsal
    Well, I really liked American Idiot, which was a concept album and I look forward to listening to these 3. Of course, it could be just a marketing thing that so that they sell more albums. With that marketing technique people will want to have the whole trilogy. I suppose that we will find out soon enough...
    Hellraizer31990
    thier newer music is just so bland to me maybe this idea of a story will make thier music better...but thats wishful thinking lol
    Hellraizer31990
    thier newer music is just so bland to me maybe this idea of a story will make thier music better...but thats wishful thinking lol
    cyclonus
    Just because you sell millions of records the world over doesn't mean you speak for the majority. Not everyone is into 'rock operas'
    Reaper1991
    I think it depends on who or what you are. I think songs/albums with stories are more for the singers/fans of singers, imo I don't think guitarists, bassists and drummers really care that much about the story/theme of the songs
    MichaelScarn
    good for them, im sure they have an insane amount of money as it is so why not do what you want?
    jordo246
    It was to my understanding that the majority of people today want to hear mind numbing crap with no context at all