Joel Madden says that "we wanted to kind of reinvent Good Charlotte a little bit" on the band's fourth album, "Good Morning Revival."
Of course, some might say that goes against the ain't broke/don't fix it rule.
Formed by Madden and his twin brother, guitarist Benji, 12 years ago in Waldorf, Md., Good Charlotte established an alternative rock presence on its self-titled first album in 2000, then became a star concern with "The Young and the Hopeless." That 2002 album sold more than 5 million copies worldwide, spent 95 weeks on The Billboard 200 and launched the hits "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," "Girls and Boys" and "The Anthem."
Some term its follow-up,"The Chronicles of Life and Death," a failure—despite platinum sales in the United States and another million copies around the world. But the fact remains that Good Charlotte has sold about 9 million albums, which hardly speaks of a need for an overhaul.
But Madden says the band—which also includes guitarist/keyboardist Billy Martin, bassist Paul Thomas and drummer Dean Butterworth—felt driven to make "Good Morning Revival," due out March 27 on Daylight/Epic Records, "another leap forward in what we can do."
To read about the evolution of the band's new record "Good Morning Revival," new drummer and the marketing strategy behind their upcoming fourth album, click here.