After more than 20 years together, pop-punk band Good Charlotte want to mark with their seventh album, the “dark sides of being human” in dealing with issues such as religious divisions, and the U.S. opioid crisis.
Since the release of their first album in 2000, Good Charlotte, have sold millions of records, toured the world and married some very famous women singer Joel Madden married Nicole Richie in 2010, while in 2015, his guitarist twin Benji tied the knot with Cameron Diaz.
She shot to fame with feelgood hits such as lifestyles of the Rich and Famous and girls and boys, but their new release Generation Rx provides you an inventory of some of the pressing issues with which regular Americans, from the opioid epidemic, to daily struggles with mental health.
Joel says the band have enough in your life that you feel now confident enough about the management of such issues.
“Everyone in the band did not find his personal experience with this stuff, and in some way, shape or form, it is difficult for someone who affected so far by these things,” he explains.
“But for us, I think we are in an age now where we have a perspective that we can borrow.”
At 39, Joel and Benji were born in the Generation X. the naming of the new album, Generation Rx, refer to the trust in some parts of the current generation, which is on prescription medicines – Rx widely used as an abbreviation for medical prescriptions in the United States.
“We thought we could articulate [things] in the songs,” Joel says. “We were done with the record and we called it. We thought it was appropriate – it is the sum of the moment really.”
Although the band have not spared some problems in the past – see anti-suicide song Hold on 2002’s the Young and the Hopeless – the album goes on, Joel says.
The death of the rapper Lil Peep, had described the band as one of his biggest influences, is particularly badly affected the group. He was found dead after an overdose of Xanax mixed with fentanyl, a powerful synthetic painkiller – in November 2017.
Good Charlotte paid tribute to him by performing a cover of his song Terrible things to a memorial concert, while Joel also paid an emotional tribute to the singer on Instagram.
The group began the work for the Generation Rx in January, in their spare time. Day, Benji and Joel, you run a music company called MDDN in Los Angeles.
“We landed on two or three months with us in the studio. We don’t even have a plan for a record this year,” Joel says.
The album opens with the haunting eponymous introduction and moves through tracks including the guitar-driven lead single the Actual pain and the soulful piano-based Cold Song.
It ends with the more optimistic of California (The way I Say I love you), which Joel describes as a “Declaration of love” to his two children. It is also the attempt to end the album on a “hopeful” note,” he says.
“You’re stuck with me, and [I thought], when it comes to a message, I’m going to my children, if you summed up everything, and the pain of being human, it is a positive end?”
The religious under tones of the record are also important for Joel.
“I feel like we live in times where people of a religion, almost in so many different ways, other than what I believe, how religion is supposed to be based on love and togetherness and people under the care of each other,” he says.
“We have never really gone, it is new territory for us.”
The song of prayers recorded, the dismay, the religious will be answered opposites, and the fact that the prayers of the world seem a better place never.
“None of this makes sense, in this reality/God is only leaves the room when I turn on my TV,” Joel sings.
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It is “liberating” for dealing with these issues,” he says.
“I don’t really say a whole lot about things sometimes, so it feels great to Express yourself and give your point of view on what you see.
“I never had to borrow really trust my voice to not larger conversations – usually I stay out of everything.
“Ultimately, I think that it is the wrong way to go. I was not, that prayers are useless, I’m questioning whether or not we all live, what we say, we are all on our words?”
To speak with the band now more confident, they were the headliners for a benefit concert in Annapolis, Maryland, in July for the five employees killed, in the town’s newspaper, the capital Gazette.
Although the band now says live in California, Joel, he Annapolis, his home holds the city and it is where his family still live.
“I know this road, I see the place, and I can feel the place, so that when the tragedy happened, it really hit home and we were all pretty stunned,” he says.
“It was really incredible to see a town come together to take care of behind the members of the community and to the families of the people on the newspaper and the paper itself, and, ultimately, your own and for something to enter.”‘Ripple effect’
Generation Rx will be supported by a tour that ends at London’s Alexandra Palace next year, the band’s biggest UK headlining show.
Joel says the band have big plans to see the show is based more on experience and interactive.
“We want to be open for the show, so it feels like the plate to come to live,” he says.
“If you go to a movie or a game, you’re in for those two hours, it feels like, when you leave, you went there and really had a great experience. So I want it to play more experiential learning such as that as to and just a band.”
The topics for the Generation Rx mean, the band’s “right” to life,” he says, but ultimately, he hopes, the record is thought-provoking.
“I don’t know if we jump to the setting in the middle of each conversation, or change the world,” he says.
“I’m not sure, to achieve what we are trying, on a larger level, but I think there is a signal effect, and if we can have a positive impact on a few people in our world, then I think the impact on the larger meaning and a greater good.
“We want to ask questions, we want to motivate people, the question to ask, we want to motivate people to reflect on yourself and how you with your pain and how do you see each other.”
Generation Rx is on 14 September by MDDN/BMG. Good Charlotte will play Alexandra Palace on may 20. February 2019.