In the music world there are times that a new genre pops up on the radar. The punk scene and movement, which started back in the late 1970's, has seen life, death and rebirth a few times over the past 30 years. Breathing new life into that scene is the multiple Grammy winning band Green Day. The punk scene today is very different from its conception in the 70's. Today's punk rockers have a totally new spin and a much larger audience than what the Godfathers of Punk ever thought that scene would ever have.
Green Day, which started in East Bay, California as a part of the Berkeley Punk scene, gained a cult like following back in the late 80's to early 90's. When the rest of the world was getting ready to stomach the Grunge scene, Green Day was pushing forward in their unique "big sound" for a trio. Like the Punk Godfathers before them, The Ramones, The Clash, Sex Pistols, Stiff Little Fingers, The Jam, and the Buzzcocks, Green Day had a message they wanted to say and were determined to have it heard.
Green Day members, lead vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist and backing vocalist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tré Cool, have such a large sound for only a 3 piece band. One thing that helps them produce that sound is Telefunken's M80. Green Day uses the M80 Multi-dynamic directional mic in the studio and touring live. Though the songwriting on their multi-platinum album 21st Century Breakdown was the key element to the record's success, TFunk helped play a small part in its creation since the bulk of the album was recorded with Telefunken mics.
Green Day plan on having a follow up album to 21st Century Breakdown within the next couple years, but no specific dates have been stated. They have said that they are writing new material. In a recent interview with Kerrang magazine, Armstrong spoke about the possible new album: "We did some demos in Berlin, some in Stockholm, some just outside of Glasgow and some in Amsterdam," he tells K!. "We wanted get "the songs" down in some early form." We're sure that Telefunken will be there to help their music become legendary in the studio and on tour.
Green Day continues to surprise critics and create their own legacy in music. One such tidbit of Gold they produced was a cover of John Lennon's "Working Class Hero." I am sure John would be proud of the version they produced. With golden nuggets like that in their arsenal Green Day is sure to be strolling around the Boulevard for many years to come. We here at TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik are proud to have them apart of the T-Funk family and can't wait to hear what the Boulevard of Golden Dreams has in store for them next.
In addition to the M80, Green Day use TELEFUNKEN ELA M 216 overheads live and in the studio and ELA M 251E and U-47 as studio VOCs.
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