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Albums Of The Week: Green Day | Saviors

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “With Saviors, Green Day are sending out a fiery SOS for these troubled times.

Amazingly, the album represents Green Day’s 14th studio album, yet somehow this enduring power trio — Billie Joe Armstrong, Tré Cool and Mike Dirnt — remain devoted to their defiant craft that has fueled their career-long destruction of every boundary bestowed on the genre, and landed three East Bay punks in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. So even as the band acknowledge their illustrious past — including the 30th anniversary of their now-classic Dookie album and the 20th anniversary of American Idiot — Green Day remain firmly focused on the here and now.

The global rock superstars returned with a fiery call to action on The American Dream Is Killing Me, the first single and opening track from the group’s 14th studio album — one of the last tracks written and recorded for Saviors. “As soon we cut it, we said, `OK, that’s going first,’ ” says Armstrong, who describes the song as “a look at the way the traditional American Dream doesn’t work for a lot of people — in fact, it’s hurting a lot of people.”

Photo by Emmie America.

Recorded in London and Los Angeles, Saviors is the latest powerful collaboration between Green Day and Grammy-winning producer Rob Cavallo, whose notable previous work with the gand includes two of their most iconic albums: 1994’s Dookie and 2004’s American Idiot.

Formed in 1986 in Berkeley, Green Day are one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, with more than 75 million records sold worldwide and 10 billion cumulative audio/visual streams. The five-time Grammy winners released their breakout album Dookie in 1994. It has gone on to sell more than 10 million copes, is widely credited with popularizing and reviving mainstream interest in punk rock, catapulting a career-long run of hit singles.

In 2004, the rock opera American Idiot captured the nation’s attention, selling more than 8 million copies in the U.S. alone and taking home the Grammy for Best Rock Album. In 2010, a stage adaptation of American Idiot debuted on Broadway to critical and commercial acclaim. Released in 2020, Green Day’s 13th studio album Father Of All… debuted at No. 1 in both the U.K. and Australia.”