PropertyOfZack Interview : : Good Charlotte

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 24, 2011

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PropertyOfZack had the chance to sit down with Deano Butterworth of Good Charlotte not too long ago when the band came into New York City on their current headlining tour with Forever The Sickest Kids and This Century. Deano and I discussed the band’s past and current touring, the response to Cardiology, how the band is perceived in different countries, and more. Read up and enjoy!

For the record, could you state your name and role in Good Charlotte?
My name’s Deano, and I play drums in Good Charlotte. I am the drummer. I said that twice, sorry.
 
Good Charlotte has really reemerged within the past year after a few years out of the spotlight in the music scene. How does it feel to be embedded to deeply into the scene again?
You know, it’s good. We were working a lot of the time when we were not touring with demoing and recording Cardiology. We did Bamboozle and went over to Europe with P!nk for festivals and shows. It feels like we’ve been working even though this is the first US round on this record. We’re all really inspired. We’re proud of Cardiology, and we’re just in the headspace that we need to stay out on the road and stay focused and do a lot of travelling and work. We’re all fired up for it.
 
You guys got back from the UK not too long ago from the Kerrang! Tour with Four Year Strong and The Wonder Years. How was it getting back over there?
Great tour. Kerrang! was great to us. We played more shows than we’ve ever played there and it was super successful. All sold out. The Wonder Years, Framing Hanley, and Four Year Strong are great guys and great bands. A lot of energy every night. I couldn’t ask for a better group of guys to hang out with.
POZ: Did you choose the support for that?
Deano: I think that the guys in the band and our management went through ideas for the package. Running through different combinations, that’s what we ended up with. It was really effective.
 
How were the new songs treated live over there?
Great. We probably played four or fie songs off of the new record.
 
It must have been similar compared to the Bamboozle Roadshow for you guys considering there was a mix of the old and new guards. What do you think about the new standard in pop-punk?
The Wonder Years are very pop-punk and play more fast paced pop-punk. Four Year Strong are a little harder with the double-kick. Framing Hanley’s more in the middle with pop-rock. We talk about it a lot, but we noticed a lot on that tour that it seems like our audience is young. There are a lot of kids, a lot of high school kids from 13 to whatever. Some of these tours have older people, but then kids. That shows us that we’re still dipping into the pool of youth, which is very exciting. It’s what you need and what you want.
 
The band has of course been supporting Cardiology for the past few months ever since it’s November release. How was the reception in general been?
The reception’s been good. There’s a lot more rock stuff on there. It’s a mixture of all of the records, I would say. I think the kids generally like it. Audiences in the US compared to audiences in the UK or Australia perceive us differently. Abroad we’re perceived more as a rock band, but in the US you come out alternative and when you get a hit you sell out. Is that fair? On our side of the fence, no. I don’t care if you just started a shoe company, you want it to blow up. You want to be successful doing that you’re doing. Any band that says “no” to that is lying. My dream is to get the music out to as many people as possible. It’s going well. Now we’re in a poppier realm though. I respect everyone who is doing well; You’ve got your Lady Gagas and Ke$sa. That whole world is that we’re competition again with playing popular rock music. It’s tough because Z100 wants to play Black Eyed Peas. The reception has been great. Music goes through cycles. We’re doing well. We get a lot of radio love regardless. The fans love it. Every night we play songs off of the new record and people light up. We’ve got Australia where we’re going to do arenas and we have two top 10 singles there. They’re different places that run differently. The UK wants to hear more rock. We go to different places though where they want to hear more of the pop stuff.
 
The band released quite an interesting music video for “Sex On The Radio” that involved actual feedback from listeners being both good and bad. Can you go into detail about that?
I think Benji had an idea. We hooked up with a friend and just kind of put it together. We were all dressed up. People recognize Benji and Joel immediately. So it was nice to have people who didn’t know who you were if they wanted to say something negative. Everyone was real honest about it. It was a lot of fun. That song currently is a single in the rest of the world. “Last Night” is currently our new single here. It was fun. It was a different way of doing it. A lot of people just do performance videos where you’re sitting they’re jamming. We’ve got a new video coming out for “Last Night” that’s crazy. Funny Or Die did it. It’s going to be sick.
 
There was an initial delay of a month or two on Cardiology regarding its release date. Was there any specific reason, or was it just Capitol’s choice?
You know, I don’t know. I think a lot of times with release dates you look in the market place and at every other place where albums are coming out. You need to find the smart place for when your album should drop. It just happened to be that time. Capitol Records made the decision. It’s just the way the business went down.
 
How has your relationship with the label been so far?
It’s fantastic. We’re grateful for everything that went down at Epic and Sony. It was a great relationship that went on. There was a lot of success there for them and us and everyone involved in that friendship. It’s nice to have a new record label. You just have that new energy of people getting to know each other for the first time. It’s good and we’re real happy about it.
 
The band is currently out on tour with Forever The Sickest Kids and This Century. How have the first few dates been?
Forever The Sickest Kids are great guys. They bring it every night on stage. We’ve got This Century out here that are a great young band. We’re also doing some shows with Runner Runner who are also good friends of ours and are on Capitol. That’s really neat to get to hang out. We just have a great time. We have a good time with everyone and we’re all out here trying to accomplish our same goal.
 
What’s the set like to this point? Is it a good mix?
Absolutely, we’re doing everything. It’s great.
 
What about future touring? You mentioned Australia.
Yeah, we finish our last show on this run here on the 27th. We have two days off and then we fly to Japan. We play three shows. We’re headlining. Bands like Pennywise, Hoobastank, and a bunch of US bands and UK bands are playing. It’s a pop-punk and punk rock fest. That’s going to be a blast. We love Japan. We fly from there to the Philippines to do a show in Manila. Last time we were there we played to 15,000 kids. We’ve had a few number one hits out there. We leave from there and fly to Brisbane to start our arena tour, which will be great. We play six shows in six major cities in Australia. Then we fly from there to New Zealand and then we’re doing a show in Bali. We’ve got four days off in Bali. I’m a big fan of surfing. It’s a win win. We’re super excited. We’ve been running for almost four months straight so we’re going to rest and jump on the road again in June. I think a little rest in July and then we’re going to work the rest of the year. Then we’ll see if we continue on this cycle or make a new record. We’ll probably be active for eight/nine months this year.
 
Thanks so much for your time. Is there anything else that you’d like to add or that we should be on the lookout for?
I’d just like to say, thanks for your support. We’re really grateful.

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