Despite the title ‘Actual Pain’, the song is light and summerlike

May 27, 2018

Good Charlotte are not losing their grip and have just dropped a single in their best music traditions. ‘Actual Pain’ is the first single from the new album ‘Generation Rx’, out September 14. Be sure to give it a listen below.

The band says that their new record is inspired by pain and grief, and judging by the song title alone, ‘Actual Pain’ shall be sad and heartbreaking. However, the light pop-punk tune sounds very positive and summerlike, so you’re sure to be playing ‘Actual Pain’ on repeat this summer. Still, the lyrics are a bit darker side than it seems at first sight:

“At the beginning of the year, we were reflecting a lot,” Good Charlotte wrote in a statement. “We just played a memorial service in honor of Lil Peep. We were thinking of that. Our generation was the first to have so many ways to deal with pain. Throughout this century, we’ve seen the whole opioid crisis get worse. We wondered if we were really doing our part.

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“We wanted to bet back out there on the battlefield and spread insight, share experience, and give anything we could to improve lives. The message is you can get through the pain, survive it, and have the life you want. We made the record on our own terms and our own time. In that respect, we channeled the soul of our first two albums. This is the album we’ve been waiting 15 years to create,” says the band.

This weekend thee pop punk band is playing at Slam Dunk Festival, along with Jimmy Eat World and Taking Back Sunday.

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