Good Charlotte announced their reformation earlier this month, but they’re not the only band who have recently had a second wave of success. Check out who you should be re-adding to your playlist again.
Back in the mid-to late 2000s, Good Charlotte were staples of the emo scene (and personally responsible for opening the door to show this writer’s 11-year-old self that there was more to music than boy bands and pop princesses). They pumped out five full-lengths—with their arguable masterpiece The Young And The Hopeless reaching three-time multi-platinum status—before calling it quits in late 2011. The Madden brothers went off on their own in 2014, releasing one album, Greetings From California…, before semi-reuniting with Good Charlotte to team up with Waka Flocka Flame for the Pixel’s soundtrack, creating one of the more random collaborations in history. Four months later, and they’re officially back for more with the release of “Makeshift Love,” a comeback show in Los Angeles and a U.K. tour with All Time Low.
Back in 2007, these four guys from Bradenton, Florida, exploded onto the scene behind their infectious single, “Check Yes Juliet,” from their self-titled debut. They released three more full-lengths—2009’s Smile Kid, 2011’s Sunshine State Of Mind and 2013’s Somewhere Somehow—as well as an acoustic reimagining of Somewhere Somehow in 2014 called Stripped. In the time since Somewhere, Somehow frontman Travis Clark started a YouTube channel in 2014 with his now-wife, Jenny. He recently took to the video-sharing site to share a montage of clips from their upcoming album, Strange Love, which is set to drop Nov. 20 and will include the already released title track and “Love Again.”
Metro Station have always had a rocky lineup history, having been a four-piece, a Trace Cyrus-less four-piece, a Mason Musso solo project and currently, a Cyrus-Musso duo. They debuted in 2007 with a self-titled full-length that included the catchy chart-topper “Shake It” and was followed up with 2009’s Kelsey EP before internal disputes led the band to breakup in 2010. Metro Station continued on as the aforementioned solo project of Musso continued using the name for a solo project, releasing the Middle Of The Night EP in 2013 while Cyrus created Ashland High. The two finally hugged it out in 2014 with the release of the Gold EP. 2015 saw the band shake things up by releasing an 18-track mixtape, Savior, and rehashing a six-year-old beef with All Time Low at the APMAs. The band are currently on tour supporting Falling In Reverse (with frontman Ronnie Radke featured on Savior) and Attila.
Sum 41 were pop-punk kingpins in the early 2000s with their 2001 debut All Killer, No Filler, 2002’s Does This Look Infected? and 2004’s Chuck. They held off on new material until 2007’s Underclass Hero and took a further four years to follow that up with Screaming Bloody Murder in 2011. The latter album featured “Blood In My Eyes” for which they received a Grammy nomination in the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance category. The band embarked on a ten-year anniversary tour of Does This Look Infected? in 2012 and had drummer Steve “Stevo” Jocz left the group. In May 2014, frontman Deryck Whibley explained why he had been “so MIA lately” on his site with the news of hospitalization for kidney and liver failure due to excessive drinking. While on the road to recovery, Whibley reunited with ex-guitarist Dave Baksh and soon got back to writing, lending a hand to 5 Seconds of Summer. Whibley returned to the stage for the first time since his hospitalization this past July as Deryck Whibley And The Happiness Machines (with assistance from My Chemical Romance bassist Mikey Way). Sum 41 then announced their crowdfunded return with pre-orders for a new album before hitting the stage with DMC and Baksh—who would later confirm his official return—for this year’s APMAs.
Canadian-based pop-punk heavyweights Simple Plan dominated the airwaves in 2002 with their debut album, No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls and kept going strong with Still Not Getting Any… in 2004. The band laid low with releasing new material until 2008’s self-titled release, which was followed with 2011’s Get Your Heart On! and its b-side compilation Get Your Heart On—The Second Coming!, in 2013. Frontman Pierre Bouvier announced in 2014 that new music was being co-written with Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus and All Time Low’s Alex Gaskarth. Both frontmen had previously appeared on Simple Plan music vocally: Gaskarth on Get Your Heart On’s “Freaking Me Out” and Hoppus on No Pads’ “I’d Do Anything.” While no inkling of that triple-threat track has come to light yet, Simple Plan did give everyone a taste of what’s to come, releasing “Saturday” in June and also performing at this year’s APMAs with MxPx’s Mike Herrera. In August, they released “Boom” with a star-studded video with cameos from Pierce The Veil, PVRIS, New Found Glory, Black Veil Brides, All Time Low and others. The pop-punk vets continued teasing new material by streaming “I Don’t Wanna Be Sad” in September and by releasing a music video for “I Don’t Want To Go To Bed” with Nelly (yes, that Nelly) in October.