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[AUDIO] Goo Goo Dolls Talk New Single "Rebel Beat"
Posted by Joseph Lee on 01.29.2013

Billboard reports that the Goo Goo Dolls have released a new song called "Rebel Beat", which comes from the upcoming album Magnetic, their tenth.

In an interview, singer John Rzeznik talked about the new song. He said: "I just wanted to have fun making a record without a lot of pressure. The headspace I've been in has been really, really great. Obviously this is much more positive than the last record (2010's 'Something For the Rest of Us'); I think I needed to make that record, but this one is just a lot more fun, a lot more positive and upbeat. It was a great experience."

Rzeznik, bassist Robby Takac and drummer Mike Malinin, used a different method in making the album. They worked with four producers (Gregg Wattenberg, John Shanks, Rob Cavallo and Greg Wells) in New York, Los Angeles and London over 11 months. Rzeznik says he's working on a new song that may be done in time for the May 7 release date.

He added: "We'd write one song and finish one song at a time and see how it turned out and move on instead of having a big pile of songs all demoed out and then go into the studio for months. So I didn't feel a ton of pressure to complete this massive project. I was just writing songs and completing them, so I think the mood was a lot lighter and we wound up having a lot more fun. I really wanted to expand and learn from other people who are amazing at songwriting. They brought some really fresh perspective to my writing."

The song is a collaboration with Wattenberg and was inspired by the Little Italy and Chinatown districts in New York. Rezeznik said: "I was playing this great old guitar that had kind of a (Led) Zeppelin tone to it. I started playing this real sort of basic kind of riff, and we just went form there and then started burbling out lyrics. They had this street closed off and a huge party going on," he remembers. "I was thinking, 'I love this! I want to be part of this!' So basically it turned out to be a song about celebrating everything and (saying) no matter what, you've got to have fun. that's really it."

Meanwhile, the band are considering a tour to promote the album. They have a "really good offer" for a summer package he can't reveal, but they will tour in the spring, summer and possibly more. He concluded: "That's us; we just slog it out there on the road until we've wrung out every city we can get to and they're like, 'Oh my God, don't come back any more!' But that's what we do. We always stay out on the road."


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