Good Charlotte followed up their memorable tribute to Lil Peep during his memorial service earlier this month by releasing a studio version of the rapper’s track "Awful Things" on Friday. The Joel Madden-led band performed a cover of hit song live during the service, which took place in Long Beach, New York on December 2.
Madden, who was a "big fan" of the Peep, said that a collaboration between Good Charlotte and Peep was in the works just before Peep's death. "We had just started talking to Peep’s whole team about collaborating on a tour or something, literally two weeks before he died. We were big fans," Madden told the Cleveland-based music mag Alternative Press. "Obviously when he passed away, we had already had a conversation started. They knew we were big fans, and he had said he was a fan of ours, so there was a lot of mutual love there."
Good Charlotte wrote a few words about Peep in the description of their "Awful Things" YouTube video. "Every now and then a new artist comes along, who you know is sure to change music. Lil’ peep was one of those artists," the band wrote. "We were excited to find out that we shared a love of the same bands, and that he was a fan of GC. We looked forward to the possibility of touring together in the new year, and were excited to share our stories and maybe even make some music together."
"There is a feeling of hope and rebellion in his music, for everyone who feels like they might not fit in, that we relate to and that shares a kinship to what gc [Good Charlotte] has always been about," the post continued. "This rendition of 'Awful Things' was done with love, for Peep, his family, friends and fans, to celebrate his life, talent and career and we hope everyone enjoys it as much as we enjoyed making it. Thanks for all the love you shared, Peep. You are missed, but through your art you will live forever."
Fans of the emo-rap artist will have more music to look forward to soon. The anonymous, helmet-clad DJ Marshmello was working on a collaborative track with Peep that will be released in early January, according to Billboard. Lil Peep died from an overdose of Fentanyl and Xanax on November 15. He was 21.
Listen to the Good Charlotte cover of "Awful Things" above.