Green Day have unleashed a powerful new video for their track Troubled Times. The lyrical content of the song reflects current political and social issues around the world but in particular the situation happening regarding a certain Mr Trump in America. “What good is love and peace on Earth if it’s exclusive?” states front man Billie Joe Armstrong, flashes of photographs of Martin Luther King and a figure similar to Trump spouting hate from a speech bubble.
“Today we celebrate love and compassion more than ever” is the only statement accompanied with the video, this is a sentiment shared widely across the globe today (20/01/17) on the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States.
Green Day have never been a band to shy away from political statements within their songs and the overall message of Troubled Times is that history is repeating itself. The lyrical content is powerful, and the rolling clips of KKK members and Donald Trump are scaremongering but it also makes the audience wake up and realise how bad the world is today. The video ends with a finger pushing a big red button which causes a mushroom cloud to blow up, could this video be predicting the future and the next four years for America?
Nothing says punk like a political protest song, so good on Green Day for standing up and fighting for what they believe in and highlighting the important issues in the world today.
Green Day are embarking on a short UK run at the beginning of February in support of the Revolution Radio album.
Sunday 5th – Leeds Arena
Monday 6th – Manchester Arena
Wednesday 8th – London O2 Arena