Motorycle Stunts, ‘Stranger Things’ Star Gaten Matarazzo and a New Album, ‘Father of All …’ — It’s a Big Day for Green Day

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On Friday, Green Day returned with a new album, the aggressively titled Father of All Motherfuckers. The record is a whole lot of fun — click here to read our in-depth review — and that energy carries over into the new music video for “Meet Me on the Roof.”

The video stars Gaten Matarazzo of Stranger Things fame as a high school kid pining for the affections of a specific girl. He also does motorcycle stunts … or tries to, at least, until a flashy motorcycle stunt man portrayed by Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong takes over:

Stream the Father of All .. album, which was produced by Butch Walker and clocks in at just 26 minutes — a short blast of danceable vibes from the veteran Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band — below, via Spotify.

A bit more about the new record, from our review:

Listening to Father of All Motherfuckers brought to mind 1995’s Insomniac. Not because the new songs sound like that era of the band’s music — they very clearly don’t — but because Insomniac, released after the breakout success of Dookie a year before, found Green Day adopting darker lyrical themes, slightly heavier compositions and an overall vibe that didn’t result in as many hit singles or records sold as many probably expected, given the band’s profile at the time.

That is to say, it was a bit of a surprising listen, given the expectations and hopes of people eager to hear what the young, snotty band behind “Basket Case” and “When I Come Around” had in store next.

In a similar vein, Father of All Motherfuckers is a departure from what folks expected from a new Green Day album in 2020 — but such a creative decision is totally appropriate, given the band’s trajectory in the past and its ability to buck expectations along the way.

It seems safe to assume Green Day will play some of these new songs on the road this summer on the Hella Mega tour alongside Weezer and Fall Out Boy. The short song lengths would seem to give them plenty of room on the set list to add in a few as a showcase of who they are today.

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