Single Review: Green Day - "Oh Yeah!"
When the Hellamega Tour with Green Day, Fall Out Boy, and Weezer was announced this past fall, and each band subsequently released new music, Green Day’s “Father of All…” was arguably the most talked about. It showcased an entirely new side of Green Day that displaced a lot of their classic signatures and replaced them with more of a garage rock infused punk sound leaving fans wondering if this album would be a complete left turn for Green Day. Quite similarly, the follow-up release “Fire, Ready, Aim” didn’t do anything much to calm those thoughts as it is very familiar in sound to that of “Father of All…” With the release of “Oh Yeah!,” most likely the final single to tease their forthcoming Father of All Motherfuckers album ahead of its release date, Green Day continues to push the envelope as the abandon a lot of their familiar signatures in the name of progression, but unlike with the previous two singles, there are some recognizable traits on this one. Armstrong’s unique voice is clean and recognizable as he sings a prolific lyric that stands to expose the distorted, hopeless world we live in these days. They also lean heavy into their influence of Joan Jett; going so far as to sample her tune “Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah).” When we first heard “Father of All…” we stated, “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.” Now, after hearing two more singles from the album, it’s a safe bet that this will be a whole new sound and direction for Green Day. This song, as its predecessors did, leans way heavier into a middle of the road, indie pop vibe that sees the group further distancing themselves from their pop punk past as they grow into who they are becoming in this era. Whether this new style will be embraced with open arms remains to be seen when the album releases!