Single Review: Green Day - "Father of All..."
Father of All...
Reprise/Warner Bros. Records
On the heels of the big announcement of the Hella Mega Tour in 2020 featuring themselves, Fall Out Boy, Weezer, and The Interrupters, Green Day also revealed that their 13th studio album Father of All Motherfuckers would be released on February 7, 2020, and gave fans their first taste of the new music with the release of the title track. While Green Day has always been experimental of sorts as they’ve expectedly grown as a band throughout the years, this new track has moved into mostly an entirely new territory for them. The intro to the song gives us that same familiar taste we’ve come to expect from them, but that’s about where the similarities between the past and the present end. The distortion placed on Armstrong’s vocals nearly makes the decent lyrics about fighting the battle with our own paranoias obsolete - until you listen a second or third time and pick up on them. The well-placed claps that they’ve fused into the pre-chorus enhance the fact that this is the catchy part of the song and lends itself perfectly to a fan participation moment that will surely make an appearance on the forthcoming tour. The bottom line on “Father of All…” is that if you are looking for the Green Day of old then you didn’t take their warnings of a new direction all that seriously and you probably should have. This garage rock infused punk song has nixed a lot of the signatures we’ve come to expect; Armstrong’s distinctive vocal, a thumping, groove heavy bass line, and a rhythm that instantly tells you this is Green Day. One must wonder if this is the true sign of what’s to come with the new album, or rather, an experimental shot they took just to see what type of reaction a new direction could get. We’ll just have to wait until February to find out if they’ve complete departed from their old sound, or if it’s only a momentarily two and a half minutes.