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Green Day Are In The Studio; Continue To Tease Us

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It’s been four arduous years since Californian faux-punk overlords Green Day left us polarised (and slightly disenchanted) with their now-infamous “trilogy” – ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré! – but if a new hint from Billie Joe Armstrong’s social media is any clue, we may very well see a new full-length hit shelves before the year’s end.

His face pasted with a smug “I know these teases are making you suffer” expression, Armstrong took to his Instagram this morning with a cheeky snap from the recording studio – one that, if our assumptions are correct, is where the band’s twelfth studio album is being chiseled away at. The picture was accompanied with a simple caption of “January 2016”, which doesn’t say much (no #greenday, no #americanidiot2) but raises a handful of questions.

Is Armstrong referencing the fact that he’s currently recording vocals, and that it is currently January 2016?

Is there going to be a new song released within the next 11 days, and Armstrong used the quote to hint at the release’s timeframe, not realising that it is, in fact, already January 2016?

Was the picture supposed to be uploaded sometime last year, again hinting at a January 2016 release of some sort?

January 2016

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It’s unlikely that either of the latter two are true, but hey, a webzine can dream! Green Day have been working hard on their forthcoming LP for well over a year now; in April 2015, frequent collaborator Rob Cavallo (co-producer of Dookie, Insomniac, Nimrod, American Idiot, and the aforementioned trilogy) confirmed that the band had already laid down a solid five tracks.

“Let me tell you, they were just fantastic. He is absolutely at the top of his game,” Cavallo enthused. “Fans can be sure that when they do return, the music will be amazing.”

Since the 2012 release of ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré!, Green Day have kept fans on the edge of their seats with a number of non-LP releases. Last Christmas saw them drop the surprise single “Xmas Time Of Year”, which followed on from September’s Hand Like A Heart Grenade, a documentary that retold the the behind-the-scenes story of American Idiot.

Get your hype on with the ~classic~ “Jesus Of Suburbia” below!

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