April 22, 2016
Paradise, Boston, MA
At the beginning of the 2000s, when pop-punk was taking control of mainstream radio, Good Charlotte was there to help lead the way. Ushered in by the likes of Blink 182, the Madden brothers took hold of their opportunity and rode the wave of success. Alas, like all great things, that era came to an end and Good Charlotte took a bit of a hiatus.
But rejoice fellow pop-punk lovers! With the rise of bands such as All Time Low and 5 Seconds of Summer, Good Charlotte has seen their window open once again. They are ready to pounce. Boston got a sampling of what is to come on their forthcoming album Youth Authority and if you had The Young and the Hopeless on repeat in 2002, you’ll be awfully pleased. Its high energy and playful, reminiscent of “The Anthem”.
In fact, the band kicked off their show with “The Anthem”, setting the tone for the rest of the show. It was spontaneous and loud, which is hard to accomplish. They sounded spot-on but didn’t have the appearance of being over-prepared or too polished. They came off as confident and excited to be back with some music that they know will appeal to their original fan base as well as a whole new sea of fresh faces. They focused on the hits, which they knew is why their audience showed up and sold-out the Paradise. Sure, everyone likes to hear something new but on a Friday night next door to a college campus, you better produce some sing-alongs.
Good Charlotte have positioned themselves well for a big come-back. They are well-timed and from what I could hear, have the right sound to take them back up the charts.
Article By: Teresa Reilly