Goo Goo Dolls frontman John Rzeznik can’t name a favorite Transformer — he defaults to the commonly known Optimus Prime. But he’s certainly pleased with boffo box office showing so far for the “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” film.
The Goos have a song on the movie’s soundtrack, “All That You Are,” which Rzeznik says came about somewhat by accident.
“I wrote a song to order (for the film), but it didn’t work for them,” Rzeznik recalls. “All That You Are,” he says, “is a song I wrote with (producer) John Shanks, just for ourselves. Then we submitted it to the music supervisor and he liked it and said, ‘I have a really good spot in this movie for this’ and I was like, ‘Great!’
“So it’s a good thing we had another song for them.”
Rzeznik and his bandmates, meanwhile, are getting new songs together for themselves. The singer and guitarist says he’s “maybe ... halfway done” with writing for a follow-up to 2010’s “Something For the Rest of Us.” And he says the songs so far are “very uptempo and very sort of upbeat,” a significant change from that album’s “darker” tone.
“That (album) was just a reflection where my head was at ... and trying to reflect what was going on in the world at the time, the economy and everything,” Rzeznik, 45, acknowledges. “The new songs, meanwhile, “just sound a little happier than some of the material I’ve written in the past.
“Right now it just feels like a reflection of my head space, too. I don’t think we’re that much better than we were, but people are sort of calming down, and I think we’re re-framing our expectations as a society. So I guess that’s all you can do, really, is write what you are thinking and feeling.”
The Goo Goo Dolls, Michelle Branch and Parachute perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 17, at the Meadow Brook Music Festival on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester Hills. Tickets are $35 pavilion, $22.50 lawn. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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