Rock act Good Charlotte has just finished recording its fourth album, "Good Morning Revival," due in February via Epic. The quintet will give fans a taste of the album soon, however, with the Internet
Rock act Good Charlotte has just finished recording its fourth album, "Good Morning Revival," due in February via Epic. The quintet will give fans a taste of the album soon, however, with the Internet release of the track "Keep Your Hands Off My Girl" and by playing some of the new songs on a 21-date tour that kicks off Sept. 27 in San Francisco.
"It sounds like Good Charlotte," frontman Joel Madden tells Billboard.com matter-of-factly about the Don Gilmore-produced album. "It sounds older. We sound more comfortable." But, he adds, it allows follows the ambitious and experimental path the group took on its last album, 2004's "The Chronicles of Life and Death."
"I think it's definitely in line with that," Madden says. "We definitely took a lot more steps forward. We went way left, though; it sounds way different. It's melodic. It's upbeat. It's kind of dance-y at some times. I think it's still very ambitious for us."
Madden describes "Keep Your Hands Off My Girl" as "just a fun song" that was inspired by his club DJ stints over the past couple of years. "I was kind of joking around with some friends and said 'I want to make a song I can hear in the club,'" says the singer, whose own "girl" is actress/singer Hilary Duff. "So I wrote this song and it [making] the record."
Madden says Good Charlotte will make several different versions of the song available online, remixed by Junior Sanchez and others.
At the upcoming shows, Good Charlotte will roll out some of the new tracks, along with "old songs from the first record, songs we normally wouldn't play," according to Madden. The tour, he says, is "a surprise little thing, just for the fans so they could come see us play before we put out the record and the real promotion starts. We feel really fortunate we have the time to do it, and we're excited about."
A more extensive tour is in the works for early next year, once "Good Morning Revival" is out.