Good Charlotte. Good Charlotte is NOT punk. Good Charlotte is listened to by 14 year-old teenybopper little boys.
The rock band discuss their new album 'Generation Rx', the social landscape in America, and how they've become less — rather than more — jaded as they release their seventh album. Good Charlotte emerged as pop punk rebels back in with their self-titled debut album, shooting to fame with sarcastic hits such as "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" and "Girls and Boys". On their seventh record, Generation Rx, they're reflecting less on the culture of celebrity and more on issues such as America's ongoing opioid epidemic, the struggles of refugees, and self-worth. They're performing their biggest ever headline show in the UK next year, at London's Alexandra Palace. The Independent caught up with the band's frontmen, twin brothers Joel vocals, keys and Benji Madden guitars, vocals , to talk about the album, critics, and an apparent resurgence in pop punk. Benji : We started in January, and the idea with this record was to try not to force anything, to just open up and see what came out. The songs kept coming. You became known for those very sarcastic observations about celebrity culture. Do you feel less jaded now? Joel: I think we've learned how to understand people.
Good Charlotte is an American rock band from Waldorf, Maryland , that formed in Since , the band's constant members have been vocalist Joel Madden , guitarist and vocalist Benji Madden , bassist Paul Thomas , guitarist and keyboardist Billy Martin , while drummer Dean Butterworth has been a member of the band since The band released their self-titled debut album in to mostly positive reviews. In , they achieved breakthrough success with their second album, The Young and the Hopeless. The band followed that up with The Chronicles of Life and Death in ; a darker album, both musically and lyrically. In , they released the dance-punk inspired album Good Morning Revival before going back to their punk-roots with the album Cardiology in After a four-year-long hiatus, the band announced its comeback on November 3, In addition, they released two compilations: Greatest Remixes in and Greatest Hits in
Within five minutes of Kerrang! Eventually you can look back on your career and be proud of it. When Good Charlotte started out, did you feel like you were treated differently to the rest of the bands in the scene? We were just different, and I totally understand that now. As a band, we learned how to be resilient, and we learned how to keep going. I think the greatest thing about Good Charlotte is that we always get back up.