After two consecutive rock operas, both of which confronted life in the post-9/11 world of modern America through the lens of identifiable, catchy rock music, Green Day are releasing a project which is at once much simpler and much more complex. Rather than a single album, the band are releasing a trilogy, respectively titled ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré! The release dates will be staggered — on September 25, we’ll hear ¡Uno! (which contains lead single “Oh Love,” which we have for your listening pleasure below), followed by ¡Dos! on November 13 and ¡Tré! on January 15, 2013.
‘Okay,’ you might say, ‘that’s a potential for a few great singles and dozens of songs worth of filler,’ but I doubt that. First, each album is themed — the first will contain power-pop influences and big choruses, the second garage rock and a rawer ethos, and the third sweeping, epic constructions that will include string arrangements. Second, it’s fucking Green Day. Third, it’s fucking Green Day.
We already heard the power-pop ballad “Oh Love,” one of my favorite songs of the year (though widely dissed by the immature crowd that somehow thought that 21st Century Breakdown wasn’t amazing), and now AP have posted a high-quality recording from a concert in November 2011 of Green Day performing another ¡Uno! cut, “Let Yourself Go,” in Austin, Texas.
This is a much more punk side of Green Day that we haven’t heard in awhile — check out the line “Shut your mouth cause you’re talking too much/ And I don’t give a fuck anyway” — but it’s certainly not as thoughtful as encompassing as “Oh Love.” Nevertheless, fans of early Green Day should love it, and it’s a hell of a lot of fun. Watch the live video below!
Video: Green Day – “Let Yourself Go”