Good Charlotte's BENJI and Joel Madden have formed their own record label in a bid to give bands from their native Washington DC the chance to make it big.

The brothers will launch DC FLAG at the beginning of 2004.

Benji Madden says, "We've always had a dream of having a label and we finally had the resources to do it."

And rather than decide between forming an imprint or independent label, the Maddens' new set up will work as both - bands signed by the label will have the option of being released on Good Charlotte's major label EPIC or simply on DC Flag.

The new label's first release will be an album by new punk supergroup HAZEN STREET, which is made up of members of New Found Glory, Box Car Racer and Bad Brains.

14/11/2003 09:06