Rockers rev up for V8s
Joel and Benji Madden head to the Coast for some fun in the sun, writes
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.