If you listen closely to Florence Welch’s music, and we mean really closely, you can hear a broad range of influences that inform her particular brand of melodic folk power-pop — from PJ Harvey and Kate Bush, to Tom Waits and Sam Cooke. One sound you won’t likely hear however is Green Day. But as Welch reveals in Sunday’s upcoming episode of Pharrell Williams’ and Scott Vener’s Beats 1 radio show OTHERtone, she’s been a fan of the pop punk rockers since day one. She also discusses the not-so-secret Nimrod cover album that she recorded with Dev Hynes many moons ago (if you haven’t heard their ecstatic cover of “Hitchin’ a Ride”, you’re welcome).
But the juiciest nugget here is what went down when Welch finally crossed paths with Billy Joe Armstrong, who had heard her reimagining of his seminal album. Did he love it or hate it? Watch the exclusive clip above and find out. The rest of the interview airs this Sunday at noon PST on Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio.