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Good Charlotte Interview: On The Hiatus, Comeback & 'Youth Authority' Album

The pop-punk prodigies discuss their five-year break and getting back into the swing of things

Good Charlotte announced their reunion late last year, and the move was a long time coming. The guys called it quits in 2011 but continued to pop up in the music world in different ways—especially twin frontmen Benji and Joel Madden, who in the interim acted as coaches on The Voice Australia and mentored pop-rock powerhouse 5 Seconds of Summer. We had to ask: Why the hiatus in the first place? Benji explained in this new interview:

"We started Good Charlotte in 1996. This year it's 20 years. We got signed in 1999 and we were really touring and on the road from '99 to 2011. That's a good, over a decade. We needed time to find out who we were outside of the band. All of us [needed] to explore other interests and miss each other a little bit."

It's not just that the guys are back in action as performers—they're also releasing a new album, Youth Authority, on July 15th. Watch the guys discuss the long-awaited LP below. 

When you're done checking out both clips, read our complete guide to their upcoming release and take our quiz: Are You More Benji or Joel Madden?

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