Today, June 14th, is the date for the release of the debut album Don’t Be A Dick by Emily’s Army. The fun doesn’t stop with the album, they will kick off their tour on June 18th so be ready!
Don’t Be A Dick was produced by Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day and for your information, Billie Joe’s son, Joey, is the drummer of Emily’s Army. The current line up of the band is Max Becker (bassist), Cole Becker (guitarist), Travis Neumann (guitarist) and Joey Armstrong (drummer). Vocals are shared between Max and Cole.
Before releasing Don’t Be A Dick, Emily’s Army spent two years touring the West Coast of the USA. Considering they are teenagers, age 15 – 17, this is pretty impressive. Also, another amazing fact about Emily’s Army is that their name came from Max and Cole’s cousin named Emily who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis, a terrible and life threatening disease.
June dates for the Emily’s Army tour:
18th Kelso, WAHardtails
19th Olympia, WAHall of The Woods
21st Portland, ORThe Sea Shanty
22nd Bend, ORMad Happy Lounge
24th Salem, ORWasteland
25th Ashland, ORCulture Works
26th Davis, CATBA
27th Sacramento, CASacramento Pyrate Punx
28th Modesto, CAMelody Ballroom
29th Stockton, CAPlea for Peace Center
30th San Francisco, CAThee Parkside
*dates for following summer months will be announced soon
21st Century Breakdown was released back in 2009 and certainly did stir up a roar of excitement. So then, what have Green Day been doing since they finished 21st Century Breakdown and their world tour?
Billie Joe Armstrong, Green Day’s frontman, has been pretty busy producing Don’t Be A Dick, the debut album by Emily’s Army, a new band which features his son, Joey, on the drums. If you’re interested, Don’t Be A Dick will be released on June 14, 2011 through Billie Joe’s very own Adeline label.
While you’re waiting, catch a sneaky preview below:
Everytime Green Day announce a new album or single, fans always expect something spectacular. Before I go into detail, let’s just say that Green Day definately needed American Idiot to get where they are now.
American Idiot is the seventh studio album by Green Day and after taking four years to produce, it finally arrived in 2004 as it exploded the punk-rock scene. The impact led the band to a new younger generation of fans, creating high success. From start to beginning, the album tells a story. That story has now being developed into a broadway musical.
The album starts off with the single “American Idiot”, which is obviously where the album name comes from. After playing it on my speakers, I felt the thunder go right through me. The single, along with the rest of them, tells the story of a character named Jesus of Suburbia very well. The song structure works well along with lyrical brilliance.
“Jesus Of Suburbia” is a song cut into five parts, and sums up the hypocrisy of religion and a lot of modern ‘values’. “Holiday” is the third track which hits hard against the way America oppresses dissension. Then this song breaks into the gorgeous “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” rock ballad of isolation. “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” is one of my all time favourites. The sledgehammer orchestral heavy metal melody ending is inspired. Following that is “Are We The Waiting”, a rock choir, about waiting for something that’s not gonna happen. “St. Jimmy” is full of exciting energy, dedicated to an anti-saint. “Give Me Novacaine” is a sweet song of two moods – gentle and aggressive. Billie Joe Armstrong’s voice, here, sounds, in parts, like a ’50s crooner. “She’s A Rebel” is like ’80s New Wave Clash style, and Tré Cool’s drumming cracks some heads. “Extraordinary Girl” is a very catchy song with an Eastern feel. “Letterbomb”, with some very impressive Mike Dirnt basslines, is a rumbustious, if disillusioned, call to arms, followed by the antidote, and best song on the album, the brilliant “Wake Me Up When September Ends”. When I first heard “Wake Me Up When September Ends”, I left it on replay and I couldn’t get enough of it. Wonderful music, wonderful lyrics. “Homecoming” is another five part song, a rock martial extravaganza on Jimmy’s suicide. “Whatsername” is a finish of joyous rock crescendo, and, as throughout, Billie Joe Armstrong proves himself to be a helluva guitarist.
So, American Idiot is must a buy with its awesome rock melodies. Also, after been rated one of the best rock albums of all time, you shouldn’t hesitate to get out there and buy it. Green Day reached even more worldwide success after American Idiot sold over 24 million copies around the world.
1. American Idiot
2. Jesus Of Suburbia
4. Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
5. Are We The Waiting
6. St. Jimmy
7. Give Me Novacaine
8. She’s A Rebel
9. Extraordinary Girl
11. Wake Me Up When September Ends