Twins Joel and Benji Madden, best known for their band Good Charlotte , have now formed a new group, called, quite sensibly, The Madden Brothers . Their debut album, called Greetings from California...., will arrive October 7. The first single, "We Are Done," will be released June 2.
The album is described as having two "sides," one featuring upbeat pop-rock tunes, and one featuring, according to their label, a mixture of "folk, Southern rock and '70s-era pop." One of those songs, "California Rain," was inspired by a visit to Pharrell Williams .
"We went to see him in Miami and Benji brought an acoustic guitar,” Joel recalls in a statement. “We wrote the song together that night. It felt like a repeat of us leaving home at 18 for California with just an acoustic guitar. All these years later, it all comes down to an acoustic guitar.”
"The idea was to not hide behind a band name or a genre, but rather to write some songs, and find someone to record them and help us deliver the truest picture of who we are musically,” Benji adds in a statement.
In recent years, Joel, who's married to Nicole Richie , been serving as a coach on the Australian version of The Voice . For one of the seasons, he brought on Benji, who's been involved in a variety of musical projects over the past few years, as his team's mentor.
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