Finally the wait is over! Ten years after the release of ‘American Idiot’, Green Day have confirmed that they’ll be releasing a new documentary.
Entitled ‘Heart Like A Hand Grenade’, the offering follows the band for nine months during the recording of the full-length.
A statement reads: “More than 10 years after the release of American Idiot, 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Green Day present Heart Like A Hand Grenade. This time capsule rock doc takes us inside the songwriting and recording process of their Grammy Award winning punk rock opera.”
John Roecker directed the film. “I told [Billie Joe Armstrong] he should document the recording of the album and he said they had tried and it never worked. I suggested that he set up tripods around the studio and just have cameras run so it would not be too invasive of the process of the recording (I was hoping he would get my hint!). Then I got a phone call on a Friday night and he said he and the band will be in Los Angeles on Monday and why don’t I be the tripod. Thus began my nine months with Green Day,” he said.
“I would have total access to the band and could film everything. During this time Metallica released their film Some Kind of Monster – a film that showed a band on the verge of artistic collapse and infighting. I told Billie about the film and he thought because there was no drama going on with the band I did not want to continue with the film. I was thinking the opposite. This film does not contain high drama or fighting. It shows a band on top of their game creating incredible music. It is a film that inspires. It is also a very small film. All it took was a box of tapes and one camera. Going back to the D.I.Y. Ethic that I was raised with. It was also a risk for the band because this album was either going to take them to a higher level or sink them. Either way I was going to document it,” he continued.
‘Heart Like A Hand Grenade’ will be released in cinemas on 15th October.