Single Review – Green Day – Back in the USA

With the release of another greatest hits – this time ironically, or perhaps not you’d have to ask the almighty – titled ‘God’s Favourite Band’ Californian trio Green Day, as is customary, have added a little extra track to their list of punk-pop classics. ‘Back In The US’ a genteel celebration of American patriotism… only joking. The track is of course fuelled by high paced chunky chords and political satire, this is Green Day after all. ‘Back In The US’ and it’s accompanying video manages to encapsulate everything that makes them hopelessly addictive to their fans, including lines like: ‘Let freedom ring with all the crazies on parade, let them eat poison and it tastes like lemonade,’ as well as a zombie president with a very dodgy yellow wig. This is an onslaught of pure joy and political resentment with Billie Joe, Tré and Mike chanting the crowd towards another long-awaited riot. Okay so maybe this isn’t American Idiot level Green Day but it’s Green Day and it’s new, so you just have to.

Hayley Miller

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