Green Day’s frontman Billy Joe Armstrong may be on hiatus but that hasn’t stopped the group from releasing their second album of 2012, ¡Dos! (which premiered this morning on Rolling Stone). It’s the latest installment in their trilogy of albums (¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tré), and it was recorded with producer Rob Cavallo, who previously worked with them on standouts Dookie and American Idiot and, here, has them dipping into a similar sonic palette. The short but punchy ¡Dos! has ample pop-punk throwbacks like the chant-punctuated “Ashley,” melancholic shredder “Lazy Bones,” and the raucous squaller “Makeout Party” (which should be played anywhere but). “¡Dos! is more garage rock — a little dirtier, like you’re in the middle of the party,” bassist Mike Dirnt told Guitar Center. “¡Uno! is more like classic Green Day … and ¡Tré! has this more self-reflecting, epic nature to the songs. Once we saw that each of the three records would have their own personalities, it just kind of made sense.” With its lightning-sharp guitar attacks and lingering melodies, ¡Dos! is quite personable.
¡Dos! is out November 13 on Warner Bros/Reprise. Stream it below: