When you've been a band for nearly 20 years, it's easy to get complacent with your sound. But when Good Charlotte went into the studio to start making their seventh album, the guys felt that -- despite writing everything in their catalogue -- their music wasn't coming off entirely genuine.
After ending their four-year hiatus in 2015, the band released Youth Authority in July 2016, inspired by the fact that all five members -- co-founders and twin brothers Joel and Benji Madden (lead singer and lead guitarist, respectively), bassist Paul Thomas, keyboardist Billy Martin and drummer Dean Butterworth -- felt like they had something to say. Though Joel deemed it the best record the band had made in a long time, parts of the track list still gave him pause for not totally representing the band's current headspace at the time. "We put a couple songs on that album because we felt like we had to," he admits.
So for their next LP, Joel says the most important thing "was being able to get back to a place where we could be really honest and vulnerable, and have it be really organic ... We were like, 'Let's just sit down with a guitar, and just kind of do it like we used to.'"