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The Crew recently traveled to Conway Recording Studios in Hollywood, California to catch one of the industry's hottest bands perform exclusively for Soundcheck. Conway is legendary rock 'n' roll territory, birthplace to some of the music industry's most famous recordings - Blink 182, Marilyn Manson, U2 and Hole are just a few of the big names who have all recorded albums here.
Once inside, we meet rock's most notorious identical twins - Benji and Joel Madden - warming up. The rest of the band, Billy Martin, Paul Thomas and Brit boy, Dean Butterworth, are also prepping for what promises to be an exhilarating set.
On the School of Good Charlotte
It's rare that you meet a band who is free to talk about their idols and about how much they still have to learn. Good Charlotte is one of those bands. Armed with refreshing honesty, Benji explains: "We feel like we're students of music. We look up to a lot of bands. I think there are a lot of bands that we don't even feel like we're on their level. Which is good for us... it keeps us working. We look up to bands like Green Day, U2, The Red Hot Chili Peppers... they're like our elders."
On a Brand New Revival:
The guys recorded their new record, Good Morning Revival, in faraway Canada - a process they thoroughly enjoyed. That distance gave the band a perspective they wouldn't have had in, say, LA. Explains Joel: "Good Morning Revival stands for this new place where we're at... the beginning of something, but also the end of something. It's kind of like a full circle idea that we started... and we're back to where we started. It's a feel-good record, capturing a portrait of our band. The whole record represents us."
On Fast Future Generation:
It's no secret that Good Charlotte are huge fans of Japan. They've openly professed their love for the country and the culture. Now, their new, live DVD, Fast Future Generation, celebrates that love. Says Joel: "It gives you a good idea of what Japan's really like". So what is Japan really like? The recent addition to the band, Dean, sums up the Good Charlotte touring experience: "Fun adventures. Bullet trains. Traveling around. Rock 'n' roll!"
With just four albums under their belt, Maryland rockers Good Charlotte have attained megastar status in the rock 'n' roll genre. The release of their latest album shows the band ready to take their signature post-punk sound to new levels. Great performers don't progress by churning out the same successful recipe - and Joel, Benji and the guys are traveling to exciting new places. They're older, wiser and ready to experiment, so be sure to check out the new album today.
Till next time.
-The Crew at Wal-Mart Soundcheck
- Frontmen Joel (lead vocals) and Benji (lead guitar, backing vocals) Madden are identical twin brothers. The rest of the band is: Billy Martin (rhythm guitar, keyboard, backing vocals), Paul Thomas (bass) and Dean Butterworth (drums).
- Good Charlotte's "overnight success" is the result of many years of hard work. They began touring in 1999, opening for bands like Lit and Blink 182. Mainstream success arrived in 2002 with their hit sophomore album, The Young and the Hopeless.
- The paparazzi love these guys. Joel (the younger of the twins) has dated Nicole Richie and Hilary Duff.
- Benji is engaged to Australian actress Sophie Monk.
- Most of the band's lyrics are written by Benji and Joel.
The boys kick off the set with an energetic pop-punk anthem from the brand new record, Good Morning Revival. This one sounds like vintage Charlotte, a tongue-in-cheek tune about possessive boyfriends who'll do anything to hold on to their girl. Joel sings about a girl who adores designer clothes and luxury handbags.
The first single off the new album, 'The River' is a departure from the band's old material and signals how seriously the brothers' songwriting has grown. A song about looking back with regret, Joel sings about the trials and tribulations of living in Los Angeles: "Baptized in the river, I've seen a vision of my life and I wanna be delivered."
'Misery', another hot track from the new release, continues the band's darker explorations of new territory. "Look at all these happy people living their lives," belts out Joel. "Look at all these plastic people. There's nothing inside." Good Charlotte may have been labeled a punk band by critics, but it's stellar tracks like 'Misery' that show these guys are more than just a one-trick pony.
I Just Wanna Live
Is fame all it's cracked up to be? That's the question Good Charlotte pose in this rock 'n' roll response to the critics who rankled their hit, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. In true punk fashion, the guys ignore the haters and deliver an apathetic anthem about the flipside of success. "I just wanna live," sings Joel. "Don't really care about the things that they say to me. Don't really care about what happens to me."
Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous
The song that started everything. Good Charlotte began playing 'Lifestyles' long before the lyrics began to ring true for the band. From their breakthrough, multi-platinum album, The Young and the Hopeless, it's their biggest hit to date. Performed live, 'Lifestyles' and its theme of celebrity favoritism always takes on a whole new meaning. "They're always complainin'... always complainin'," sings Joel. "If money is such a problem, well they've got mansions... think we should rob them."