Good Charlotte, Youth Authority Tour

JOURNEYS PRESENTS

Good Charlotte

Youth Authority Tour

Silverstein, Waterparks, Movements

Wed · April 12, 2017

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 6:30 pm (event ends at 1:00 am)

$45.00

This event is 18 and over

Good Charlotte
Good Charlotte
It would be easy to look at their accolades (more than 6 million albums sold in the U.S. alone and millions more fans around the world) and assume success has come naturally for GOOD CHARLOTTE. But from their earliest days as teenagers who formed the band in 1996 in garages in small-town Waldorf, Maryland, through the massive worldwide popularity of Top 10-charting albums The Young and the Hopeless, The Chronicles of Life and Death and Good Morning Revival and hit singles "The Anthem," "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" and "I Just Wanna Live," the quintet have truly earned every achievement that's come their way.

The group—vocalist Joel Madden, guitarists Benji Madden and Billy Martin, bassist Paul Thomas and drummer Dean Butterworth—have done it not only with an odds-defying optimism and drive, but also an unbreakable emotional connection with their audience. That heart has been Good Charlotte's hallmark since day one, and it's the centerpiece of YOUTH AUTHORITY, the band's sixth studio album—their first album since returning from a five-year hiatus after the release of 2010's Cardiology, and the first release on the Madden brothers' newly formed MDDN label.

"We decided we were going to take this thing back on our terms," Benji Madden explains of the sudden decision to disband in 2011, following a period when they felt the music industry had manipulated their image and ideals. "We didn't know what it was going to look like, but we knew we just had to take it back. We had to take our baby back, and it had to be special to us again before it could be special to anyone else."

So they went off and—for the first time in forever—explored life. Joel and Benji set out as solo artists, releasing the ambitious album Greetings From California as The Madden Brothers. They became industry mentors and songwriters, working with acts like 5 Seconds Of Summer and Sleeping With Sirens, and they traveled Down Under to serve as judges on the Australian version of the hit TV show The Voice. When they returned in 2015 to record Youth Authority with producer John Feldmann (Blink-182, Panic! at the Disco), the hunger from the band's past had returned in full force.

"I don't know that we were making a record for other people to hear," Joel Madden says of Youth Authority. "We were having fun, and we just wanted to make one for us. We weren't trying to be commercially successful or critically acclaimed. No one knew who we were in 1999 when we made our first record; we just said what we had to say. We have a lot to say now, too. A lot of truth bled through on this record."

You'll hear this clarity from the opening strains of "Life Changes," urgent guitar strums from Benji before Joel bursts in with a fiery ad-libbed line that could double as Good Charlotte's mantra these days: "Let's go now; it's open season." The passion is there as the band back down detractors on "Keep Swinging," featuring Sleeping With Sirens' Kellin Quinn, and it's there as they explore the intricacies of love and relationships—from the contentious ("WAR") and dysfunctional ("Makeshift Love") to the dependent ("Stray Dogs") and perfectly imperfect ("Life Can't Get Much Better").

The pure emotion that underpins each of the album's 12 songs is drawn from the same place it always has: real life. Good Charlotte had been through life's ups and downs, and they distilled the lessons they learned into songs to guide their audience through their own turmoil. That was always part of their charm, and the promise of understanding and acceptance is what drew millions of fans to their music in the early 2000s.

"All we've ever wanted people to take away from our band is a sense of hope and encouragement," Benji says. "We make the records for the people listening who need the music like I did. There were records that got me through days at school or when shit was tough, and we want to make those records for other people. Good Charlotte is synonymous with disenfranchised youth and teenage angst. We'll forever be those misfits, the broken toys, the underdogs. We stick up for the little guys."

The sense of camaraderie shines bright on Youth Authority standout "The Outfield," with self-referential lines like, "We were the young and hopeless/We were the broken youth/You're not the only one they used/I was in the outfield, too." Benji admits the deeply personal nature of song, which features lyrics about his and Joel's tough upbringing (a recurring subject in the band's music, specifically their early days), left him hesitant about its spot on the album.

"The bravest thing you can do is be vulnerable—when a song makes my face red when I'm listening to it in front of someone," he says. "I was actually kind of embarrassed to put that song on the record, but that's when I knew we had to: When it's that real."

That authenticity has cemented Good Charlotte's legacy as one of the most popular and influential pop-punk bands of all time. It's in this way that their music lives on, not only through the band themselves but through a crop of younger artists they've inspired. Artists like 5 Seconds Of Summer and All Time Low preach the gospel of Good Charlotte to their fan bases—and, as a result, legions of new listeners discover the band daily, latching onto every meaningful word like fans did 15 years ago.

Now newly independent for the first time since their inception, the band can finally call the shots and enjoy full control of their career. There's no more compromise, no pressure to bow to anyone looking to define who they are or what they can or can't be. It feels like the early days again, when the only reason for playing music was out of love and not success, money or anything that comes along with stardom.

"If I don't have my integrity, what was the point of ever starting this band and fighting so hard?" Joel asks. "Imagine going from being poor and having low self-esteem and mattering to no one to finally making it and achieving your dreams, and then struggling with your self-image because of that. Getting to the other side and going, 'What was it all for?' We'd never be able to live with ourselves.

"I don't want to sell anything anymore or make something that's 'cool,'" he continues about Good Charlotte's mindset in 2016. "I don't want to try to make anyone happy. I just want to tell people who we are and say it how it is. When you stop fighting what you are and just be yourself, you're on a good path. You can finally be the best version of yourself."
Silverstein
Silverstein
One would be hard-pressed to come up with a more fitting title for Silverstein's new album than Arrivals & Departures. After all, this Canadian band sold over 300,000 of their previous release, Discovering The Waterfront, on the strength of word-of-mouth and a nonstop touring schedule that saw them crisscrossing the globe. The full-throated rock passion that pervades all 11 songs on Arrivals & Departures emphatically depicts a band that has…well, arrived. Silverstein is about to depart the realm of grassroots phenomenon to enter the stratosphere of critical mass success.

It's been a long, but thrilling trip for this quintet, who came together in the Toronto suburb of Burlington, Ontario at the turn of the millennium. After putting out two of their own EPs, the band signed to Victory Records and released When Broken Is Easily Fixed, which raised eyebrows throughout North America as sales climbed well past 200,000. Showing no ill effects of any "sophomore jinx," Silverstein's follow-up Discovering The Waterfront did considerably better; now total Silverstein record sales are beyond a half-million. The band fueled that momentum by performing on a slew of major tours, from A Taste of Chaos and Warped in the States to the Give It A Name and Download festivals in England. They topped it all off with their first headlining tour of America—the sold-out Never Shave Again tour.

"We took three months off after we finished Never Shave Again in December to totally dedicate ourselves to writing new material," drummer Paul Koehler says. "We were very eager to be creative again; it was a very exciting progress that flowed very naturally, since this was our third attempt at writing a full-length CD. It's not as if we had a plan on what we wanted the new music to sound like. One of really big benefits of our band is that we let things develop organically."

That especially pertains to Arrivals & Departure's lyrical heart. "I ended a seven-year relationship right before I started on this record," singer Shane Told admits. "That's something you can't ignore when you're writing lyrics. This record is, by far, the most personal record I have ever made. Sometimes it's hard for me to go back and listen to some of the songs, because the feelings behind them are still unsettling to me. But at the same time, I wanted to convey a message of hope through the record, in that no matter what happens, you can still get through the tough times, get better and be happy.

"Even so, it was really hard to write lyrics that express my passionate feelings," he continues. "It scared me. I was letting people in on my personal life; you start wonder if you're just writing the songs for yourself. You wonder how your fans, who have been so supportive of you in the past, will think of what you're exposing to them. All these questions are constantly battling inside you."

Yet Told came to the conclusion that once you lay your heart out there, there's no turning back. "That's why this record is so personal to me," he states. "Even the album title; it's about being all over the world for the last four years and how that affected me. In some ways, it destroyed a part of my personal life. Had I not went down this road, I have no doubt in my mind that I probably would be married with kids, living a totally different existence. But my ultimate goal in life is to just be happy, and obviously you have to make some tough transitions in the short term to be happy in the long term."

"The intervals of life exist as finite periods that can only be enjoyed in the moment and don't last forever," Koehler adds. "Life doesn't last forever, and neither does the happiest moments of one's life. Our lives have been transformed into a constant 'coming and going' throughout the years, where it is hard to maintain positive relationships and to stay adjusted to one lifestyle. When we are on the road we miss home, our friends and family. At the same time, when are at home we miss the experience of traveling and playing shows, plus all of the friends and relationships we have made all over the world. From the constant shift in life, we've developed a positive embrace of any moment in each side of our life because you never know when that is going to end."

That sense of transition impacted the recording of Arrivals & Departures as well. Silverstein decided to use a new producer--Mark Trombino, who previously worked with Jimmy Eat World and Blink 182. "Before we went in the studio, I was the only one who had met him, and that was just one time," Koehler recalls. "We had to build a relationship quickly. It can be tricky doing that when you're suddenly working with someone in the same room for 10-12 hours a day. Fortunately, he's very talented and meticulous, which works well with our band, because we're all perfectionists, too."

It didn't take long before the band realized they were onto something special. "We were instantly excited about our progress right after we recorded the first song," Koehler says. "We tried to integrate different things into the album, and a lot of them turned out incredibly well. By the time the songs got to the final mix, they had developed into something so huge, it blew me away. We had spent a lot of time and effort on each individual song, which made the whole album sound a lot more cohesive in the end."

Now that the new album has "arrived", Silverstein is eager to "depart" on more globe-hopping tours. And they can't wait to play the new tunes to their rapidly growing fan base. "You definitely 'feel' the new music a lot more live," Told says. "By the time you've done your old songs over 100 times on stage, you're more into just performing to the audience. But the feelings behind the new songs are still fresh in my heart, so my singing will reflect that."

In a way, Arrivals & Departures illustrates an emotional growth for a band whose career is continually on the rise. "Success is reaching whatever new goals we set for ourselves, and that has been a constant progression," Koehler says. "We're always looking to attain new things by staying focused. We feel we're on a really good path because we're comfortable doing things that come natural to us."
Waterparks
Houston, TX's Waterparks will release their new EP, Cluster, on January 15 via Equal Vision Records. Cluster was recorded with producers Benji Madden (Good Charlotte, 5 Seconds of Summer) and Courtney Ballard (5 Seconds of Summer, All Time Low).

"We're super excited to be signed to Equal Vision Records. We've all been listening to EVR bands since 8th and 9th grade so actually joining the label's roster is insane. We've always seen Equal Vision as a label that lets bands be as weird or experimental as they want to be, so we thought it was a great fit for us," says vocalist Awsten Knight. "Also, Say Anything is on this label, so now Max Bemis kinda has to be friends with us. Hi Max."

Waterparks performed as direct support to Good Charlotte on their recent reunion show in Los Angeles, CA at the Troubadour on November 19, where Billboard praised Waterparks on their "killer hooks and killer attitudes." The trio has also seen early support from MTV and BBC Radio One, and can even be seen making a cameo in Good Charlotte's new music video.
Waterparks will soon head out on their first full US tour, as the opener on Never Shout Never's upcoming headliner that will span from January 13 to February 27. All upcoming tour dates can be found HERE.

Waterparks lead single - "Crave" - debuted via a puppy-filled music video on Billboard.com, while their second song released from the album - "Mad All The Time" - premiered via AltPress.com.
Waterparks has also partnered with MDDN.co., which was founded by the Madden Brothers in 2014. MDDN specializes in management, publishing, and production. MDDN defines itself as being for artists, created by artists. Of the new partnership Joel Madden shares, "We are extremely excited to be working with Waterparks. One of the best young bands we've heard in years. They are talented musicians, prolific writers, and a great live band. We are excited for the future of this band, and proud to be a part of their team."

To date, Waterparks has released two EPs: Black Light (2014) and Airplane Conversations (2012). Waterparks is comprised of vocalist/guitarist Awsten Knight, guitarist/vocalist Geoff Wigington, and drummer/vocalist Otto Wood.
Movements
Southern California 4-piece, Movements, brings a nostalgic yet refreshing touch to today's post-hardcore / emo revival. Fronted by charismatic lead singer Patrick Miranda, Movements delivers honest and engaging lyrics driven by aggressive and melodic instrumentals from Spencer York (Drums), Austin Cressey (Bass), and Ira George (Guitar). The bands debut EP titled 'Outgrown Things' is out now on Fearless Records.
Venue Information:
Union Hall - Edmonton
6240 99 Street Northwest
Edmonton, AB, t6e 6c7
http://www.unionhall.ca/