A couple of days after being forced to cancel several tour stops, Green Day has returned to give those fans some good news. On Friday (Sept. 23), the California punks released a third song from their upcoming record, Revolution Radio. The new track is titled “Still Breathing” and unlike their previously released tracks, it seems to be more mellow in sound, but not in lyrics. Listen to “Still Breathing” below.
“Still Breathing” will join lead single “Bang Bang” and title track “Revolution Radio” on the group’s forthcoming album. In a recently track-by-track analysis courtesy of Rolling Stone, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong explained how the song was a little “heavy” for him and that usually when songs get like that, he either runs from it or dives in. In this instance, it seems like he went head first into the new track.
“That was a very heavy song. Sometimes I run away from being too heavy,” Armstrong begins. “[But] Sometimes it just comes out that way. The chorus, ‘I’m still breathing on my own’ alludes to the fact that ‘at some point, we’re all going to have to be on life support.’ As time goes on, your thoughts get darker.”
In a separate interview with Rolling Stone, the frontman was asked if he thought that fans would assume that “Still Breathing” was about his addiction problems from a few years ago.
“I’d rather write something where my eyes are forward, not so much internal,” the musician explained to Rolling Stone in the separate interview. “I hope it makes people happy and creates a difference in some way, just by people recognizing themselves in the song.”
“Still Breathing” will join previously released tracks “Bang Bang” and “Revolution Radio” on the band’s 12th studio album. Revolution Radio is set to be on Oct. 7 through Reprise Records with pre-orders currently available on Green Day’s website. As for their tour in support of Revolution Radio, the tour will officially kick off on Sept. 26 at the Newport Music Hall in Columbus, OH. The complete list of tour dates can be seen here.