Youth Gone Mild

doesn’t exactly fit the punk prototype, which singer Joel Madden tells the Kansas City Pitch is kind of the point. “I used to go to punk shows and not feel like I was punk enough to be there,” explained Joel. “We don’t want kids to come to our shows and feel like that — like they have to be dressed a certain way, act a certain way or even know all the words. We just want them to come and have a good time.” As for their critics, Joel added, “It’s tough, when you have young fans, for people who are older to take you seriously. But at some point, you can’t care about that. You have to play music because you love music, not because you want critics to like your band.” Read more.

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