When the whole success of her band Good Charlotte considering you could easily forget that the founders, the twin brothers Joel and Benji Madden, once grew up in a small town in southern Maryland - in a small town where everything looked then as if her dream of a career in music probably only a mere phantom would remain. "We have the tape in our bedroom founded," says Joel. "We had to share a bed, had even in this bed yet the winter jackets, because our house had no heat, and we talked all the time of how it probably would be if our band really known sometime," recalls Benji.
Everyone knows that they should be known so right a few years actually later. The five Studio albums Good Charlotte have sold worldwide more than 10 million times, they have fans around the world have occurred in the largest halls and on the biggest festivals - and they ultimately co-written a piece of music history by combining pop and punk so together have that them albums like "The Young and the Hopeless"Should equal bestow three platinum awards in the US So Joel and Benji have become gradually into genuine superstars. 2011 Joel was asked, for example, as a coach in the Australian version of"The Voice"Participate, their new season has started recently. This also Benji will support this year his brother as a coach, when the next season of"The Voice Kids"Starts. On top of that, the two their own recording studio in Hollywood, where they write songs for other artists, take pictures and work as producer.
The Maddens had really only one goal in mind: They wanted to make music that has depth. The means something and has a statement. "Yes, our desire has always been to create something that is in a sense timeless, that so we may have about Lasts" says Benji. They have already managed with Good Charlotte: the already mentioned "The Young and the Hopeless"Album from 2002, which should be sold in the US alone approximately 3.5 million units, has the pop-punk sound of those days had a decisive influence - and the two were just 22 when they recorded this landmark case. were the albums of Good Charlotte it were only the beginning, because even the name they have chosen for their new band - the Madden Brothers - shows in his unfussy finishing and directness that they now express their true nature musically and behind want to hide anything, "Harvey Leeds, who once discovered us, earlier used to say: 'you two are like the Everly Brothers. What are you doing Ever in a band ?! You should simply you only The Brothers call, ' "says Benji recalls." The idea was therefore, no longer to hide behind any other name or even a genre term, but simply to write a few songs, to find a suitable producer, receive us and helps us a precise picture possible to design them who we are as musicians are.
Setting aside the whole live show, the trappings and the perfect production of your songs once, you quickly realize that Benji and Joel are basically classic pop songwriters: just know how you have to combine melodies, harmonies and storytelling together so that a song is catchy and catchy. Her latest evidence her debut as The Madden Brothers, listen to the title "Greetings From California"And has two" "divided: Let's go on the first page with exuberant, sonnendurchtrÄnktem pop / rock sound, optimistic and full of pressure, taken up with their master-producer Eric Valentine, who already fOr" pages The Young and the Hopeless "and "The Chronicles of Life and Death"(2004) was behind the controls. By the sound of the heritage of Beach Boys or Phil Spector Tie, The Madden Brothers deliver from lots of killer hooks, such as in the case of "We Are Done"With its unmistakable text and this Sixties-felling, the knotless pop track"Dear Jane"(Sung by Benji, who for half of the songs on the microphone stand) and the powerful love song"Out Of My Mind"." We just knew that we had to work with Eric. "Says Joel" When we are together in one room three, with a very special energy - that borders on magic! He knows just exactly how it can bring out the best from us, and besides that, he is also itself an incredibly good musicians and songwriters. "
On the "second page" break The Madden Brothers then throughout other regions of sound: While the (fraternal eingesungenen) harmonies stand on songs like "California Rain"And"Brother"Still the focus, but the arrangements sound very much grounded. Handmade folk meets Southern rock and radio-pop from the seventies to create this sound, they obtained the grammy-winner Joe Chiccarelli the studio, the producer with the already The White Stripes, The Strokes, The Shins, Boy and Bear has worked and several other variables. "We have never done that, so very organic record, where everything quasi 'naked' sounds, it therefore does not hide behind an entire wall of guitars and production effects," says Benji. "Joe is the right man for such unvarnished recordings; with him that sounds just fantastic, he is finally one of the last major producers who approach so classic to the cause.."
Taking both sides of "Greetings From California" together, the debut of The Madden Brothers reflected quite that relaxed West Coast attitude, expecting its title. At the same time there should be a reference to the fact that in a sense concludes with this plate a circle as the two reports. The launch of the new album took place already in 2012, as her boyfriend Pharrell Williams visited in Miami. Benji and Joel had just brought with Good Charlotte a 18-month tour behind, which authorizes them the "Cardiology"Album (2010) had presented live, and they had been loosely replaced about possibly record a joint album -. Without other musicians" We had flown to Pharrell, because we are just really good friends. We love and appreciate him very much, "Joel comes in." Benji had his acoustic guitar in Luggage, and already it felt as if we would live through our own history again: How do we leave with 18 our home and us toward California have opened ... in Luggage nothing more than an acoustic guitar. Pharrell immediately realized that we wanted to make classic West Coast sound, honest California rock. He spoke of The Eagles, made all these comparisons, which inspired us even more, and then we have the song 'California Rain' actually written yet that first night. "
Said song, "California Rain", the start the second side of the album should fOr Benji and Joel change everything. Content, it is about how they once departed from the east to the west coast: "Let me take you back before the lights, before the crowd, before we made a sound / All I wanted something to make my mother proud / She told me 'Son, we're from the side of town, no one ever makes it out.' "" Yes, there you go of course to our dream, "says Benji. "It's about the music industry. California is a magical place, and it is in this case fOr our dream." "The song had to sound epic because California as an epic land," adds his brother. "The play brings all of our experiences to the point: What has happened since then, where we are today, what we care plans the future we namely still believe in this dream, we believe that even today some young guy with.. can leave acoustic guitar, backpack 40 dollars in his pocket and lost his home ramps, just like we did to go to California. "
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