Generation Rx reviews and interviews

Good Charlotte’s new album Generation Rx has now been released and reached 20 in the midweek UK album chart.  There’s been a flurry of press about it, so here’s a round-up of some of the reviews and interviews for the album.

BBC News

“After more than 20 years together, pop-punk band Good Charlotte want to use their seventh album to highlight the “darker sides of being human” by tackling issues like religious divisions and the US opioid crisis.”

Channel 4 News

Billboard

“While the content is heavy, Generation Rx makes the group’s emotionally charged pop-punk sound more authentic than ever — and Joel couldn’t agree more: ‘It really does feel like Good Charlotte belong to us again.'”

Punktastic

“Good Charlotte have been the voice of a generation since the early noughties, and twenty years into their career the band have solidified their position as one that makes a difference.”

Dead Press

“..equipped with a new-found boost of excitement and vitality, Good Charlotte now have in hand their seventh full-length record, Generation Rx. It’s their most anticipated offering in years, and with good reason; the band are rejuvenated, pissed off, and ready to make a statement.”

Upset Magazine

[Benji: ]”On this record, we just tapped into that real pain, that real fucking emotion where all of our lives were shaped.”

Idobi

“Ultimately, Generation Rx is an album laced with hope. There’s a lot of anger and sorrow there but from it comes a plea for change.” 

Ghost Cult Mag

“At about thirty minutes, Generation RX is a short album but one that is an easy listen that feels like Good Charlotte have broken free as musicians and have created an honest, pure album, further honing their mastery at creating heartfelt anthems just like they always have.”

Cryptic Rock

“From start to finish, Generation Rx reads like a Good Charlotte record should: delicate moments alongside catchy rockers, a smile alongside the clear-cut understanding for why, some days, we just have to frown.” 

Substream Magazine

[Billy: ]”We wanted to make another record that would connect and that was another chapter in our careers. Lyrically, hopefully it helps people, but I want people to know that it’s serious to us – that Good Charlotte is not just a thing we’re going to do once in a while again, that we’re back to this a hundred percent, and we’re all in.”

Gig Soup

“Facing their demons, and beating them, the band have grown into the anthemic outfit that they always had the potential to be. Generation Rx is a successful, and very fine addition to the veteran’s back-catalogue. Emotional self-help has never sounded so good!”

Setlist.fm

“Generation Rx is not what I need right now—but I know there are a lot of someones out there who will find this 9-track album to be just the melodic cure-all they’re looking for.”

Kerrang will have a review in the edition out on Wednesday 19 September

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Where to preorder Good Charlotte’s new album Generation Rx

It’s time to get excited – Good Charlotte’s new album Generation Rx is released on 14 September. If you’re looking to get hold of a copy for yourself, preorders are now available. Various sites – both based in the UK and overseas – are offering preorders and here’s a run through of some of them.

Good Charlotte Generation RX

GoodCharlotte.com

The official Good Charlotte website has a number of packages available including exclusive hoodies and t-shirts. You can also order the CD or vinyl individually. But shipping isn’t cheap For just the vinyl and shipping is $28.50 making it about £35 in total but if you want the full set of items for $105 shipping is $42.75 making it about £110.

Impericon 

UK Good Charlotte merch store Impericon has the CD and vinyl for preorder. It’s £13.99 for the CD and £17.99 for the vinyl. Shipping for orders of less than £50 is £2.99 and for above that it’s free. It’s not the cheapest webstore but if you want to order some merch as well it could be a good option!

HMV

HMV are offering both the CD and vinyl for preorder. The CD is £9.99 and the vinyl is £14.99 and the site offers free shipping for orders over £10. It also states that they will be dispatched before the release date so it should reach you in time.

Banquet Records

Indie record shop Banquet Records are also selling the CD and the vinyl editions of Generation Rx. The CD is £10.99 and the vinyl, which comes with an mp3 download link, is £15.99. Shipping is 80p for the CD or £2 for the vinyl.

RCRDSTR

RCRDSTR is offering an exclusive yellow vinyl version of Generation Rx. The yellow vinyl is available for $24.99 with the cheapest UK shipping available at $33.96 making it about £44.50 to get it shipped over here so again, not the lowest priced option but it is an exclusive edition.

Good Charlotte release new song, announce 2019 London gig

Good Charlotte have released the first song from their new studio album, which will be called Generation Rx, and announced a 2019 London Good Charlotte show.

Actual Pain is now available on Spotify, Apple Music and more – listen to it your choice of digital provider here. It’s also on YouTube with a teaser video. The album will be released on 14 September, it has been confirmed.

Good Charlotte also this morning announced dates for a European tour for Generation Rx.

They will be playing at Alexandra Palace, London on Wednesday 20 February 2019.

Good Charlotte 2019 London gig

Tickets will go on sale to members of their fan club, GC Fam, at 10:00am on Tuesday 29 May and to the general public on Friday 1 June.

The full list of European dates are:

Feb 1, 2019 ZURICH, SWITZERLAND

Feb 3, 2019 MILAN, ITALY

Feb 4, 2019 MUNICH, GERMANY

Feb 5, 2019 COLOGNE, GERMANY

Feb 7, 2019 BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

Feb 8, 2019 PARIS, FRANCE

Feb 9, 2019 OFFENBACH, GERMANY

Feb 11, 2019 PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

Feb 12, 2019 WARSAW, POLAND

Feb 13, 2019 BERLIN, GERMANY

Feb 15, 2019 LUXEMBOURG, LUXEMBOURG

Feb 16, 2019 HAMBURG, GERMANY

Feb 18, 2019 TILBURG, NETHERLANDS

Feb 20, 2019 LONDON, ENGLAND

Good Charlotte confirm new album release

Good Charlotte have confirmed they will be releasing their seventh studio album later this year.

The announcement came as Good Charlotte announced they and their label MDDN had signed a deal with music publishing publishing company BMG for the release of the album.

No name or release date has been given for the follow up to 2016’s Youth Authority.

The band have been teasing something on social media in recent weeks which started off with images of themselves with skulls overlaid on their faces, before using the same graphics on pictures of artists such as Coolio, Celine Dion and Kenny G.

The images have featured the phrase “Actual Pain” and a teaser posted earlier this week had the date of 25 May, this Friday on.

Good Charlotte headline Slam Dunk Festival in Leeds, Hatfield and Birmingham this weekend.

Good Charlotte to play Slam Dunk 2018

Slam Dunk Festival 2018 line up with Good Charlotte As headlinersGood Charlotte have been announced as one of the headliners for Slam Dunk Festival 2018.

The band will play all three dates of the pop punk and emo-led festival in Leeds, Hatfield and Birmingham.

Good Charlotte’s appearance at Slam Dunk 2018 was announced on the Radio 1 Rock Show – you can hear the episode here (the announcement is about 28 minutes in and is followed by Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous).

The dates are:

26 May: Slam Dunk North (Leeds city centre)
27 May : Slam Dunk South (Hatfield Park)
28 May: Slam Dunk Midlands (Birmingham – NEC)

Good Charlotte have not previously played Slam Dunk Festival, although they’ve played Reading and Leeds, V Festival and Download Festival previously.

Tickets are on sale now and cost from £45.

Good Charlotte announce autumn 2017 UK tour

Good Charlotte have announced that they will return to the UK in 2017 with dates in November and December.

The Good Charlotte UK dates are:

Nov 27: Southampton Guildhall

Nov 28: Nottingham Rock City

Nov 30: Glasgow Barrowlands

Dec 1: Birmingham o2 Academy

Dec 2: Manchester Academy

Dec 3: London Brixton Academy

Tickets go on sale on 16 June at 9am.

GC are currently on a European tour but are not playing any individual UK dates, instead playing Download Festival.

Good Charlotte’s August 2016 UK tour: review round-up

Good Charlotte’s UK tour is, sadly, now over but all the fans can agree that they put on a fantastic run of shows and it was like they’d never been away. (And I was luckily enough to bump into Billy and Paul before the show).

But what did the reviewers think? Here’s a round-up:

The Scotsman is pretty harsh and says they’re more akin to Busted than Green Day (not something I’d agree with, but anyway) but does add that the Madden brothers’ ‘hearts seem to be in the right place’

‘Live, however, they were impossible to dislike’, says the Telegraph (even if they were slightly scathing about the music…)

‘Still on Good form after all these years’, says the Sunday Mail

Punktastic say ‘it’s always great when you can just tell that a band are having just as much fun up there as the crowd are’.

(Plus, bonus photo gallery)

Kerrang say ‘they have a renewed lease of life’ and gives them 4 stars/Ks.

A review of the Good Charlotte UK tour

 

Original Rock say ‘they definitely have not lost their touch live’.

Mosh say ‘they still manage to have everything perfect to a T’ (even if they forget to mention Paul and Dean)

‘Good Charlotte manage to maintain the energy and the noise levels throughout an excellently planned-out set’ says Dead Press.

And the bloggers?

‘LOUD’, says Mel’s Jukebox while ‘this show was epic’, is Tumblr blogger’s soundsdandnoises conclusion‘Charisma, talent and down-to-earth attitudes; the band had it all’ adds West Midlands-based Native Monster.

 

Youth Authority is finally released!

Six years since their last album release, Good Charlotte’s Youth Authority is now out!

It’s available on iTunes and Apple Music now (with bonus track Rise), is set to be on Spotify from next week and is also available from HMV on CD and vinyl with two bonus tracks – We’ll Let It All Out and Life Is Hard.

Hopefully they’ll play some of the new tracks live for us on their UK tour next month.

Welcome Back GC!

Good Charlotte - Youth Authority

Good Charlotte announce string of UK dates

Good Charlotte have confirmed a run of UK tour dates this August around their Reading and Leeds shows.

GC will be playing Glasgow’s O2 Academy on August 24, Manchester’s O2 Ritz on August 25 and Birmingham’s O2 Institute 1 on August 27.

Tickets will be on sale on Friday morning.

Thee dates are around their Reading and Leeds appearances. They’re be headlining The Lock-Up Stage on Friday August 26 at Leeds and Sunday August 28 at Reading.

 

**Update – a London show has also been added. They’ll play the O2 Forum in Kentish Town on August 22.