Looking Toward Better Days

Artist: The Goo Goo Dolls
Published: 2006-05-10

Being a Goo Goo Doll can be hard work sometimes, but guitarist Robby Takac, lead singer Johnny Rzeznik, and drummer Mike Malinin are looking forward to some better days, with the help of their new album Let Love In. Soul Shine recently chatted it up with Robby Takac from the Goos about the new album and their media blitz for it.

Let Love In is the Goo's eighth studio album. It seems like it was just yesterday when the band was playing gigs in downtown Buffalo at the Continental. Now the guys are on a national worldwide tour for their newest disc featuring the hit singles, "Give a Little Bit" and "Better Days". "We were tossing around what would be the driving vibe behind the record and I think we were trying to figure out what was going on in the world between our last record and our latest one. We investigated a lot of what was going on in the world with political arenas and social issues and what not. We identified the problems now its time for a little bit of hope for some people and the title of the album sort of encapsulated that whole idea."

The band's single, "Better Days", debuted last year during the holiday season and became an anthem of hope and courage for those who survived Hurricane Katrina. "People were looking for a positive message to grab onto at that point. CNN asked if they could use it for their coverage and I think it summed up the moment."

"Stay With You" is the next single/video from the album. "The video was very well done and was directed by Paul Brown, who worked with Matisyahu, but in an artistic and romantic sense it is a commercial for your song and on the other hand you want to make it a statement as much as you can. It exposes what it needs to and gets the point of the song across."

Lead singer Johnny Rzeznik experienced some bad times during the recording process of the Goo Goo Dolls last album. Influence can be a powerful thing if you let the right people in. "We have to be stronger than others and make sure you stand up on your own and make sure your decisions are the right ones. It's a tough thing to do sometimes, but you got to stick to your gunsósomewhere there is a happy medium."

Sometimes it is easier to just go back to your rootsóand that is exactly what the band did. They came back home to Buffalo and started writing away for their new album. Going back home may have been just what the doctor ordered, as the band reconnected to what was most important and that is being home and knowing that better days are ahead.

The Goo Goo Dolls are currently on tour for their new album, Let Love In, which is in stores right now.

For more on the Goo Goo Dolls visit www.googoodolls.com.

Writer: Robert Frezza

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