Rock­ers rev up for V8s

Joel and Benji Mad­den head to the Coast for some fun in the sun, writes

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE -

OOD Char­lotte may come and go but you can’t get rid of the Mad­den broth­ers so eas­ily.

Since putting the US pop-punk band on hia­tus last year, Joel and Benji Mad­den have be­come stars in their own right.

Ami­able roles on Nine’s hit TV se­ries The Voice ear­lier this year el­e­vated them from tat­tooed teen pin-ups to house­hold names and made the 33-year-old twins tighter than ever. But there is still time for the odd fra­ter­nal fall­out.

‘‘We def­i­nitely fight a lot but that’s just us be­cause we’re best friends and we don’t feel the need to su­gar coat any­thing,’’ Benji Mad­den says.

‘‘When we’re in the stu­dio we’ll have our fights but we agree on most stuff.’’

Cer­tainly the broth­ers saw sense in re­unit­ing Good Char­lotte for a se­ries of shows in Sydney, Mel­bourne and New­cas­tle last week be­fore they up the ante for the NRL grand fi­nal on Sun­day ahead of their concert on the Coast next month.

Rid­ing the wave of pop­u­lar­ity, the boys are al­ready look­ing for­ward to re­leas­ing a first record un­der The Mad­den Broth­ers, with a New Year al­bum re­lease paving the way for a busy year of tour­ing.

Their new sound is de­scribed as a grand de­par­ture from Good Char­lotte as the cre­ative duo re­turn to a more clas­sic rock tem­plate.

‘‘The al­bum is very dif­fer­ent and I can say that be­cause the peo­ple who’ve heard it all turn around and say ‘who’s this’,’’ Benji says.

‘‘It’s more rock than Good Char­lotte as we’ve said good­bye to those huge walls of gui­tars, so in this one you’ll hear ev­ery part be­cause it’s less pro­duced and more bro­ken down. It’s got a Cal­i­for­nian al­most summertime vibe, so it’s mel­low but there’s a good en­ergy.’’

In the mean­time, Joel and Benji are fo­cused on dust­ing off Good Char­lotte favourites such as Lifet­syles Of The Rich And Fa­mous and I Don’t Wanna Be In Love for their Gold Coast show.

‘‘There’s a great spirit in the band now that we’ve taken time out and done our own thing for a while,’’ Benji says.

‘‘Joel and Paul (Thomas) are both ex­pect­ing kids in the next few weeks so it’s an ex­cit­ing time and the re­hearsals have been awe­some.’’

With Keith Ur­ban an­nounc­ing he is giv­ing up his chair on The Voice, the search is on for a re­place­ment, but Benji says he won’t be tak­ing his place in the sec­ond se­ries.

‘‘Joel’s re­ally good on TV. He killed it, but I don’t think it’s me.’’

The 600 Sounds concert plays Broad­wa­ter Park­lands on Oc­to­ber 19 (with 360, Urth­boy, Hor­ror­show, Si­etta, Pur­ple Sneak­ers and The Faders) and Oc­to­ber 20 (Good Char­lotte, The Liv­ing End, Nine Sons of Dan). En­try is free for all Ar­mor All Gold Coast 600 ticket hold­ers.

Good Char­lotte stars, twin broth­ers Joel and Benji Mad­den.

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