Green Day have not let Billy Joe Armstrong’s recovery be more than a tiny kink their ambitious year-end plans. Save for a few postponed tour dates, they have gone ahead with the release of ¡Uno! in September and ¡Dos! just yesterday, as well as a barrage of music videos. The boys have clocked lots and lots of studio hours for these mostly performance-centric clips, but this new one for ¡Dos!’s “Stray Heart” finally lets them catch a break by leaving them out altogether. Instead of Billy Joe or Mike Dirnt, we get a Green Day (and vinyl) fan whose heart has literally strayed, leaving behind a gaping hole and a distressed girlfriend. It’s pretty cute — the animated organ-gone-rogue, particularly so! — and befitting of the sort of whimsy-punk song, which is probably the album’s most playful.
Speaking of which, Green Day have been so kind as to make ¡Dos! available for streaming. This latest installment of the ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tré! triology was recorded with Dookie and American Idiot producer Rob Cavallo, and accordingly finds them returning to their old punchy pop-punk tune. The guys have each taken a turn telling who ever might be asking that Dos is their “garage rock” album, and is meant to be played in the middle of a party, and we are inclined to agree after a first spin. What do you think?