When thinking about Joel and Benji Madden, it’s not difficult for Good Charlotte to spring to mind; however, the twins have something up their sleeve that might shake things up a bit. Their new project The Madden Brothers is going full steam ahead and they have a two parter album (planned; one part will continue their reign in pop/punk, whilst the other will be a nod to Southern Rock and 70’s FM. The album, Greetings From California, is due for release in October this year and we have been given a taste of what’s to come with its leading single, We Are Done.
It’s not half difficult to identify which part of the album We Are Done will be a feature of; immediately the track is introduced by a guitar line that sounds influenced by the bass line in Queen and Bowie’s Pressure, yet it stands out on its own. It’s not long before the groove is set by the bass and the drums, there is a whistling going on that gets stuck in your head; when the vocal kicks in, you wouldn’t think that this voice is usually responsible for fronting a pop/punk group. There is definitely a 70s influence present in the track, you can even hear an inkling of surf culture and the chorus is catchy as all hell.
The vibe going on with We Are Done is a completely unexpected direction taken by The Madden Brothers. They have managed to use the influence derived from 70s rock to create a radio friendly modern take on the era without trying too hard. Just when you thought the melody of the verse was going to be consistent throughout the song’s entirety, the chorus changed the dynamic to a more punchier and edgier sound. Not a bad effort at all from the Madden twins at all, We Are Done will spark curiosity as to what else we can expect from Greetings From California.