With a title like Father of All Motherfuckers, you’d think Green Day’s forthcoming new album would have plenty to say about the Motherfucker in Chief himself, Donald Trump. However, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong told Kerrang! that while the record certainly gets political, it doesn’t waste any time on America’s current POTUS.
“I mean, I draw no inspiration from the President of the United States, because he’s just… there’s nothing,” said Armstrong. “Trump gives me diarrhea, you know? I don’t want to write a song about it!”
Instead, the songs on Father of All… find their afflatus in the struggles of blue-collar Americans, seizing on the feeling that “you’re not in charge of your own body anymore.” Armstrong explained that the record “paints pictures or vignettes of what life is like for me and for other people that, I feel like, are desperate. And I mean that in an empathetic way, where people in America have become very desperate with their situations. There’s factories being shut down, gentrification…”
“It’s just more about trying to empathize with people’s situations. It’s just a crazy time. When I was a kid, my parents had six kids. My dad was a trucker and my mother was a waitress, and they bought a home in California in the ’70s with five kids living in the house. That is an impossible thing to do right now in California – if not in other places. And that’s what scares me a little bit more – what’s going to happen to people in the future. Millennials trying to buy a home, or to have something that they can call home, because everybody’s being kicked out of their homes…”
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Wealthy rockstars trying to emphasize with us regular Joes can be hit or miss, but Green Day have proven politically and culturally astute throughout their career. We’ll see if they connect once again when Father of All Motherfuckers drops on February 7th, 2020.
Of course, fans will also be able to connect with the band face-to-face when they hit the road with Weezer and Fall Out Boy for their massive “Hella Mega Tour” next summer. Get tickets to all of Green Day’s upcoming concerts — including their recently announced headlining spots at Rock am Ring and Rock im Park — here.