Fans of the Goo Goo Dolls closely identify with their hit songs “Iris” and “Slide.” But after thirty years in the music industry, the alternative pop-rock group wanted to shake things up and create a fresh new sound for themselves.
Hence, don’t be surprised to hear the coolest EDM songs on their 11th album entitled “Boxes.” The Goo Goo Dolls “didn’t want to make the same record again,” Entertainment Weekly reported. John Rzeznik, the band’s lead singer, told the publication of their decision to break free from the norm. “I don’t wanna live within the walls that I built, so we just broke them down,” Rzeznik said. “Everyone changes; you have to change,” Rzeznik added.
The band worked with new producers and writers from other musical fields. He revealed that he enjoyed working with different people with varying influences.
“I did a song with these young guys Cash Cash, EDM guys, and I was just so fascinated by what they did. And then I worked with a guy named Drew Pearson on some writing, and he’s just … he’s crazy. He’ll do anything. And it was just about taking all the restrictions off of everything,” Rzeznik said.
The publication singled out “The Pin” from “Boxes” as a prime example of their musical experimentation. Goo Goo Dolls shared the single last April, Broadway World reported then. Before that, the band released the album’s official single called “So Alive” via People Magazine.
People Magazine described “So Alive” as “a sunny, poppy departure from the alt-rockers’ oft-moody canon.”
For its announcement of “Boxes,” Warner Bros. hailed it as a “vibrant, sonically forward-looking album that manages to retain what their legions of fans love about the Goo Goo Dolls – indelible melodies, intimate, heartfelt lyrics, and the anthemic, uplifting vibe of their songs – while pushing new boundaries in terms of sound and production,” People quoted.
“Boxes” is now available on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify.