Watch: Green Day release stop motion lyric video for "Bang Bang"
By Harry Irons
Green Day are now on their 3rd and possibly final attempt at producing a major comeback into the mainstream music bracket with the release of their brand new single, “Bang Bang”. Promisingly, we’re given a glimpse of that old punk rock attitude we’re used to seeing in latter albums like Nimrod and American Idiot, and this is tastefully done through a low budget, but certainly by no means simple music video which encapsulates modern war politics into paper-cut-out-stop-motion-animation.
Ariel Costa aka Blink My Brain, is a Brazilian Animator/Art Director who specialises in mix media art, collaging and stop motion. These are just some of the transitions and stills that are featured in the music video.
The trio teamed up with Brazilian animator Ariel Costa for the video, whose style sits parallel to the lyrics and overall pace of the track. Frontman Billie Joe is said to have been heavily moved by the events of the Paris shootings last year, and that aggression was something they wouldn’t let stand in the way of the writing process.
Green Day are forever influenced by anti-government agendas and this song is certainly nothing short of that. With lyrics such as “I want to be like the soldiers on the screen” juxtaposes the fame of being a celebrity and being a soldier, seemingly suggesting role models are found in war the same as they are found in film and TV. The notion of glamorising war is relayed into Costa’s choppy sequences, which includes Gorilla’s piloting warplanes and riding bombs, to name a few.
“Bang Bang” is the first single released from their upcoming album, Revolution Radio, which is set to be released on October 7th.