Green Day Begin Work on New Album

Punk rockers' songs are less political this time around

February 14, 2012 4:30 PM ET
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Billie Joe Armstrong performs during the Not So Silent Night concert in Oakland, California.
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Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong announced in a tweet today that his band have hit the studio to begin work on their next album. "Happy Valentine's Day! Officially started recording the new record today. It's FUCK TIME!!!!" Armstrong wrote. It is unclear whether or not the album will actually be called FUCK TIME!!!! – but hey, fingers crossed.

Green Day have performed several new songs in recent concerts, most notably at a Halloween-themed gig for hardcore fans at the 300-capacity Studio at Webster Hall in Manhattan back in October. The songs performed at that show, such as "Wow, That's Loud" and "Make Out Party," were described by Rolling Stone's Erica Futterman as a departure from the band's more politically-minded records American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown, with more straightforward lyrics focused on aggression, sex and pleasure.

You can preview a live recording one of Green Day's new songs, "Carpe Diem," in the video below. Don't get too attached, though, as it might not make the final cut of the new record.

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