Listen: Green Day Embraces the Chaos in New Single “Look Ma, No Brains!”

Green Day returns to its roots with its latest radio-friendly single “Look Ma, No Brains!.” Released November 2, the punchy track rekindles the defiant, pulsating sound of their past trademark hits.

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In the 1990s and early 2000s, lead vocalist Billie Joe Armstrong channeled the angst and worries of American youth into his lyrics. Over three decades into their career, he and bandmates Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool still manage to relay those feelings of youthful anxiety and dread with jarring authenticity.

“Look Ma, No Brains” is powered by Armstrong’s fervid vocals, pounding drums, and steady yet feverish electric guitar. Lyrically, the song finds the narrator blindly accepting their spiral into chaos. Although its message is distinctly dark and self-disparaging, Green Day molds an adrenaline-raising track sure to evoke some nostalgic joy for longtime fans.

I said look ma, I ain’t got no brains
I’m a goner and I don’t feel no pain
I’m with stupid and I’m all by myself 
‘Cause I’m special and I don’t need your help

“Look Ma, No Brains!” is the latest preview of Green Day’s upcoming record Saviors, set for release on January 19. The project marks the group’s first full-length project since Father of All Motherf—ers arrived in 2020. 

Last month, after weeks of sharing cryptic teasers on their social media pages, the band unveiled “The American Dream Is Killing Me.” The lead single from Saviors also relays a haunting feeling of wanting to break free from the weight of navigating modern society.

[RELATED: Green Day Reveals 14th Album Saviors, Zombified Video for Lead Single “The American Dream is Killing Me”]

To coincide with their single release, Green Day also announced an extensive headlining tour for 2024. Along with the debut of Saviors, the dates celebrate two landmark albums by the record-breaking band. Next year will mark the 30th anniversary of Green Day’s major label debut, Dookie. In September, the punk rock outfit will also ring in the 20-year anniversary of their record-breaking concept album, American Idiot

The trek includes stops at stadiums across the U.S. through the summer, following a spring stretch of European dates. Smashing PumpkinsRancid, and The Linda Lindas will serve as support for all North American tour dates.

Watch the official music video for “Look Ma, No Brains!” below:

Photo by Emmie America, Courtesy of Live Nation

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