Reprise Records will release Green Day‘s eighth studio album, entitled ’21st Century Breakdown’, on Friday, May 15th, 2009. The album is the trio’s first studio album since 2004’s two-time Grammy Award-winning punk-rock opera ‘American Idiot’, which went on to sell more than 12 million copies worldwide.
’21st Century Breakdown’ is divided into three acts: ‘Heroes and Cons’, ‘Charlatans and Saints’, and ‘Horseshoes and Handgrenades’ and follows a young couple, Christian and Gloria, through the mess and promise of the century so far. Songs include Know Your Enemy, 21 Guns, East Jesus Nowhere, Before the Lobotomy and Restless Heart Syndrome.
Singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tre Cool have been at work writing, arranging, and recording ’21st Century Breakdown’ since early 2006 and are currently making finishing touches with producer Butch Vig, who is known for his work with Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Garbage, and many others.
The first single from ’21st Century Breakdown’ is Know Your Enemy, which be available for purchase from all online retailers this April.