If you are a fan of music from the early 2000s, then today was an interesting day. Not only did we get the announcement of “The Hella Mega Tour” featuring Green Day, Fall Out Boy, and Weezer, we got new singles from all three bands. Some are definitely better than others, but they’re all interesting in one way or another.
The End of the Game by Weezer:
I’ll start with the band that I care the least about. I would call myself a pretty casual fan of Weezer, but I am well aware of their rollercoaster of quality that their albums have taken. This new single is different, however.
It isn’t a normal Weezer song. Apparently the band really loves Van Halen because this song sounds like if Rivers Cuomo decided to start a Van Halen tribute band that only made original music. But the crazy thing is that… it actually works. It’s so off the wall and weird of an idea that I respect them for actually doing it. The song is super catchy and the new Eddie Van Halen styled guitars give a sense of fresh air to the song.
Dear Future Self (Hands Up) by Fall Out Boy feat. Wyclef Jean:
Oh Fall Out Boy… they’ve really fallen off in recent years, haven’t they? I still have nightmares of songs from their last album. However, this new single may signal a much needed change. For one thing, the production isn’t a huge wall of noise of random noises and electronics.
There’s actually a real drum groove and real guitars. And the actual music is good as well. It seems like they’ve finally achieved the sound that they’ve been trying to achieve for years, and it’s great.
It’s nothing mind-blowing, but there’s a serious groove, Patrick sounds amazing with an intense delivery, and Wyclef Jean somehow doesn’t sound out of place. So yeah, this was probably my favorite out of the three new songs.
Father of All… by Green Day:
Out of these three bands, Green Day is by far my favorite. I love almost everything they’ve put out with they’re only real misstep being the Uno, Dos, and Tre trilogy but I still mostly like those albums. So naturally I really wanted to enjoy this song, but oh my god this song is frustrating.
From the moment the song is over, I forget everything about it except for the weird and bad vocal choices that lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong made, and honestly if you told me that this wasn’t Billie singing on this track, I’d probably believe you, because this just doesn’t sound good.
I respect that they’re trying for something different, but this sounds is memorable for all the wrong reasons. Green Day may be my favorite band out of the three, but they easily made the worst song.