Good Charlotte returns to its roots

The pop-punk band from Waldorf revisited its early sound for its new album

May 20, 2010|By Sam Sessa, The Baltimore Sun

The guys in Good Charlotte might be in their 30s, and many of their fans might be in their early teens, but that doesn't mean Good Charlotte is too old to be cool.

"We're not the dads — yet," said guitarist/singer Benji Madden. "We're kind of the older brothers. We can still hang around and be a part of it."

That's just what Good Charlotte will be doing on the Bamboozle Road Show, a touring festival, featuring Boys Like Girls and Baltimore punk group All Time Low, among others. The road show kicks off at Merriweather Post Pavilion today.

After its last album, 2007's experimental "Good Morning Revival," had lukewarm sales in the U.S., Good Charlotte, which started in Waldorf, is returning to its pop-punk beginnings, Madden said.

On "Cardiology:"

"It's a record that was a labor of love but it was well worth it for me. I love it. I think it's our best record yet.

"We made this record and it feels kind of like we're back to our roots. It feels good. There's definitely some pop punk on the record. What we're most known for is the catchy choruses and the big hooks. Our last record was a little dancy, was a little experimental. This one is straightforward. It was all about the songs."

Being "older brothers":

"You've got to think, when we started our band, none of us had a computer until we were 21. That's something I've been learning from a lot of bands, guys like All Time Low and Boys Like Girls – all these young bands we've been touring with.

"I have a great time hanging out with them. We still feel comfortable. We're not ready to go out to pasture with the older bands and make adult contemporary records and tour once a year. We still have that desire to work. There is definitely a little bit of a gap. It's still fun for us."

Looking ahead:

"It's a new chapter for us, and so far, it's been a really fun one. I wouldn't be surprised if this album cycle for "Cardiology" is the funnest couple years we ever see. We've made all of our mistakes, we've kind of learned. Now we know what to avoid, we know what to embrace, we know how to take a deep breath and enjoy the moment."

sam.sessa@baltsun.com

The Bamboozle Road Show, featuring performances by All Time Low, Boys Like Girls and Good Charlotte, is Friday May 21 at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Doors open at 3 p.m. $32.50. Call 877-435-9849 or go to merriweathermusic.com.

The Bamboozle Road Show, featuring performances by All Time Low, Boys Like Girls and Good Charlotte, is Friday May 21 at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Doors open at 3 p.m. $32.50. Call 877-435-9849 or go to merriweathermusic.com.

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