140 / 150 Gram Vinyl Record
The debut album from the pop-punk lads of Good Charlotte
140-gram vinyl features "We Are Done," "Dear Jane" and "Brother"
Having already earned a place in history with Good Charlotte's radio-ready pop-punk sound captured on such albums as their 3x U.S. platinum breakthrough The Young and the Hopeless and more than 10 million combined sales from their five albums sold worldwide, Joel and Benji Madden were eager to flex their creative muscles with an entirely new project. So they've formed a new band called The Madden Brothers.
"The idea was to not hide behind a band name or a genre, but rather to write some songs, and find someone to record them and help us deliver the truest picture of who we are musically," Benji says. The result is Greetings From California..., which showcases the Madden's killer knack for melody, radiant sibling harmonies, and heartfelt story-telling.
The album is split into two "sides," the first filled with upbeat, sunny pop-rock produced by their long-time collaborator Eric Valentine, who also produced The Young and the Hopeless and 2004's The Chronicles of Life and Death and has also worked with Queens of the Stone Age, Taking Back Sunday, Third Eye Blind and countless others. It features the lyrically unapologetic "We Are Done," which Benji says is an anthem about standing up for yourself. "It's for anyone who s feeling unappreciated or abused, or is suffering in any way," he says. "We want to inspire people to speak up."
Side Two is an earthy blend of folk, Southern rock, and 70s-era FM pop produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Joe Chiccarelli, known for his work with The White Stripes, The Strokes The Shins and many others. Its centerpiece is 'California Rain,' which tells the story of the Maryland-born brothers' journey from East Coast to West Coast. It was also the first song they wrote back in 2012, during an inspiring visit with their friend Pharrell Williams, who encouraged them to follow their muse. "We went to see him in Miami and Benji brought an acoustic guitar," Joel recalls. "We wrote the song together that night. It felt like a repeat of us leaving home at 18 for California with just an acoustic guitar. All these years later, it all comes down to an acoustic guitar."
"After Good Charlotte's last album, 2010's Cardiology, brothers Benji and Joel Madden took some time off from their long-running pop-punk band to explore a sound more rooted in ‘70s rock. The result is a 15-track album divided into two halves. 'Side one is our experimental, pop-only songs,' says Benji of the half that includes lead singles 'We Are Done' and 'Out Of My Mind,' 'and side two is us ... capturing the spirit of a lot of those classic records that were made at Sunset Sound.' That includes two collaborations with Pharrell, the Beatles-referencing 'California Rain' and the Steely Dan-esque 'Good Gracious Abbey.'" — Billboard
|Dear Jane (Intro)|
|Out Of My Mind|
|We Are Done|
|Jealousy (All Your Friends In Silverlake)|
|California Rain (Intro)|
|Good Gracious Abby|