West Coast punk rock band Green Day have announced that they will be releasing a trio of albums, beginning later this year. The records will be available one at a time with the first due in September and the final album in January 2013.
The band broke the news of the trilogy - called '¡UNO! ¡DOS! ¡TRE!' - via frontman Billie Joe Armstrong's personal Twitter account. He wrote:
Ok. Here's the deal. We're making a 3 album trilogy. Not 1. Not 2. But 3 albums. Called ¡UNO! ¡DOS! ¡TRE! Coming September November January- Billie Joe Armstrong (@BJAofficial) April 11, 2012
Armstrong had previously tweeted that the band had entered the studio around Valentine's Day of this year. Currently, the musical inspired by the act's "American Idiot" is stationed in Los Angeles, and can be seen at the Ahmanson Theatre through April 22.
Producer Rob Cavallo said about the new songs: "It takes balls to do this, each hit of every instrument is actually super important, they add up to one thing. When you get it done, it's like 'Wow, that's a big powerful statement'."
The band had already mentioned in recent interviews that their new efforts will move away from the concepts of their last two records 'American Idiot' and '21st Century Breakdown'.
In a statement about their plans for the new records, Green Day said: "We are at the most prolific and creative time in our lives. This is the best music we've ever written, and the songs just keep coming. Instead of making one album, we are making a three album trilogy. Every song has the power and energy that represents Green Day on all emotional levels.
Adding: "We just can't help ourselves... We are going epic as f**k!"
The official release dates for the trilogy are Uno! (Sept 25), ¡Dos! (Nov 13), and ¡Tré!(Jan 15 2013)