New Found Glory
The band consists of vocalist Jordan Pundik, bass player Ian Grushka, guitarists Steve Klein and Chad Gilbert, and drummer Cyrus Bolooki. The goroup formed in summer of 1997, in Florida. Their "punk"style is a combination of hardcore, emo and rock music. The band’s lyrics are true-to-the-heart and straight-to-the- point combined with a sound that is pure energy and unfettered passion expressed through distorted amps and hooky choruses. NFG is an easy anesthetic for hang-ups and break-ups. Lyricist Steve Klein describes his writing as, "Just about relationships and growing up - things everybody knows about. This is a record about looking forward to new things and moving forward in your life." Their new self-titled album follows closely on the heels of their ’99 full length Nothing Gold Can Stay and their ’00 EP From The Screen To Your Stereo (a movie themes tribute CD) which have sold a combined 30,000 in the short time they have been released. While the new CD maintains the sound that won them legions of fans, MCA’s involvement with drive-thru meant NFG were able to spend more time in the studio for this session, singer Jordan Pundik explains, "It was less stressful, we didn’t have to worry about time, so we could get more creative. Also, this was the first time we worked with a producer (Neal Avron) and that extra set of ears allowed for more experimentation." Having logged over 50,000 miles in their van, blazing live sets in over 100 cities with the likes of MxPx, Unwritten Law, The Get Up Kids and Reel Big Fish, NFG established an enthusiastic fan base while proving their versatility and mass appeal. With their contagious lyrics and live performance sure to convert even the most timid, New Found Glory engages their fans in their boundless energy. This experience earned them both the ’98 Slammie Award, given to the best new band in Florida, and cemented their reputation as a must-see-live band on the Van’s Warped Tour when NFG out drew the main stage headliner. New Found Glory's music is for anyone who’s ever been in (and out of) love.
For New Found Glory, it's not just a matter of having a chance banner year or fluke popular album that has kept the act at the forefront of the pop-rock scene. It’s more like a banner career - built through the efforts, determination and talent within the band.
Two years ago, the quintet released their most successful album to date, the Gold-awarded (now with sales approaching Platinum) Sticks And Stones. That album was the follow-up to the band’s self-titled, major-label, debut - which sold in excess of 500,000, generating their first Gold record.
But not great bands are not made based on their impressive sales figures. Fortunately, New Found Glory understand, and perhaps more importantly, practice the concept of success via a strong dedication to the material they’ve penned and a commitment to the enthusiastic audience that’s supported them throughout the years.
From their humble beginnings as a garage band in Coral Springs, Fla. back in 1997, to the international acclaim the act has received in recent years, New Found Glory has never lost sight of their original goal of delivering their absolute best, whether it be on stage or on recording. In fact, most of the group’s recordings were produced by studio veteran Neal Avron (Everclear, The Wallflowers), a longtime collaborator of the band.
This fourth album, Catalyst, finds New Found Glory composing their classic fare of aggressive, melodic gems with Avron at the helm once again. However, Catalyst lives up to its moniker, with a number of elements falling outside of the New Found Glory modus operandi.
“The word ‘catalyst’ means something that brings change,” says vocalist Jordan Pundik. “Its meaning is something that’s new and different.”
Klein says one of the differences is sonically - for example, the band experimented with new guitar tones on Catalyst. “We used different amps and guitars,” he notes. “We even used four different tunings. We’ve never even done that on any other record before.”
“Failure’s Not Flattering” nods to the songwriting and production of the ‘80s. Complete with four-on-the-floor drum beats courtesy of New Found Glory drummer Cyrus Bolooki, the track instantly jots memories of some of rock’s best history. In fact, the working title of the song was dubbed “Belinda Carlisle.”
“We recorded it all ‘80s style,” Klein says. “We recorded the drums in a small room, without the bottom drum heads, so they’d sound tighter. Guitar-wise, we used ‘70s vintage guitars. Even the harmonies - they sound like they’re Cars harmonies - we really tried to get that ‘80s feel. James [Dewees] from the band Reggie And The Full Effect, who also plays keyboards in The Get Up Kids, came in and played keyboards over it.”
New Found Glory also implemented a new array of instrumentation. Spin the ballad “I Don’t Wanna Know,” and you’ll notice more than just the rudimentary guitar, bass and drums of the quintet - with a bit of help.
“We had Beck’s dad write all the string arrangements to that song,” says Klein. “Then we had a four-piece orchestra come and play this amazing ballad. And we also had this girl Kendall Payne sing back-ups, who was one of Neal’s friends.”
But don’t dismiss the classic New Found Glory mainstays - the inspiring, memorable melodies and the vocals of Pundik. One of the album’s standout tracks, “All Downhill From Here” (the CD’s debut single) embraces the best of the old and brings in dynamic new elements.
"Jordan's voice makes us sound like New Found Glory," says Klein. "It could be the craziest music in the world, but once Jordan starts putting his vocals over it, it's our band. That's what's cool about our band - we can evolve and change musically, but our fans I think will alwaysssssss be into us because of our lyrical content and the way Jordan sings."
One of the tracks with such finger-pointing lyrics is "Your Biggest Mistake." "That one’s addressed to a close friend who is stuck in a relationship and they wouldn't leave the person because they were scared of what the person would do," explains Pundik. "I've been in that situation as well, so it could also be someone talking to me too."
And it's these years of blatant, life experiences that have allowed New Found Glory more than merely attractive lyrical fodder - it’s the chance to grow together as a unit through their music, which they’ve shared with hundreds of thousands of listeners for seven years now.
"We've been working our butts off," Klein says. "We're the real deal - we started our band in a garage and built it up, managed our own band, toured in a van and slept on people's floors. There are a lot of bands that haven't gone through that."
New Found Glory Ready To Roll On 49-City Marathon Tour
Band crosses U.S. on 10-week Back to Basics trek, may write for new LP on tour.
New Found Glory are breaking up the monotony of touring ... with more touring. Having already spent the majority of 2004 playing radio festivals, the Warped Tour and club dates in North America, Europe and Australia, NFG decided that it was time that they had a headlining tour of their own ... you know, since their latest album, Catalyst, came out almost one year ago.
"We had really started thinking about doing a headlining tour back in the fall, but then Green Day comes knocking and says, 'Come with us!' And, of course, we're going to drop everything for them," NFG drummer Cyrus Bolooki sighed. "So we kept pushing this tour back further and further. We played all over the place and did these big, big tours, but we never got to do a headliner. So we're excited now to go on our actual North American tour."
The Back to Basics Tour sees NFG hitting the smaller venues they played as an up-and-coming act a few years back , and starts March 10 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. While the clubs the band will be playing might be small in capacity, the Basics Tour is anything but small in scope — with 57 shows scheduled over 10 weeks, it's clear that New Found Glory are making up for lost time.
"We're playing almost every single state, and we're trying to hit every single city. We're spending two nights in some cities if we have to," Bolooki said. "This tour is all about having a good time, circling North America and playing as many shows as we can."
With all this touring, you wouldn't think that the band would have any time to write new songs ... but you'd be wrong. Kind of. While there are no firm studio plans at the moment, Bolooki said that there's been a whole bunch of songwriting going on, mostly by guitarist Chad Gilbert.
"We're not really sitting there forcing ourselves to write. Most of our songs start off as ideas Chad has on guitar, because he's constantly writing," he said. "I know we're going to record another album, we just don't have any concrete plans. We've never really felt pressure to complete something by a certain deadline. If we continue to write stuff on this tour, it's cool. If not, it's OK."
He's a bit more confident that NFG will be releasing another album's worth of cover songs, similar to the From the Screen to Your Stereo EP they released back in 2000. As with EP, the band is eyeing another bunch of themes from movies. Unlike that EP, there will be less emphasis placed on the cheese factor of the tracks that make the cut From the Screen featured such cringe-worthy classics as Celine Dion's "Titanic" theme, "My Heart Will Go On," and the theme from "The NeverEnding Story"), though you can never rule out a version of Bill Conti's "Karate Kid" chill-inducer "You're the Best."
"Oh yeah, well, we're always about to do that one," Bolooki laughed. "We don't know all the songs we're going to do, but we're going to make them over in our style. When we did that covers album a couple of years ago, that was the most fun we had in the studio, because no one really cared. There's no pressure in writing the song, because the song is already written for you."
Back to Basics Tour dates, according to Geffen Records:
* 3/10 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
* 3/11 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
* 3/12 - Jacksonville, FL @ Plush
* 3/13 - St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing
* 3/15 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
* 3/16 - Nashville, TN @ Rcktwn
* 3/17- Louisville, KY @ Jillian's
* 3/18 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
* 3/19 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
* 3/20 - Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
* 3/22 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
* 3/23 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
* 3/24 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
* 3/25 - Worcester, MA @ Worcester Palladium
* 3/26 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
* 3/29 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero/ Balcony Bar
* 3/30 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero/ Balcony Bar
* 3/31 - Erie, PA @ Penn State Behrend
* 4/1 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground
* 4/2 - Montreal, QC @ Spectrum de Montreal
* 4/3 - Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
* 4/5 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
* 4/6 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
* 4/7 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
* 4/8 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
* 4/9 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
* 4/10 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
* 4/12 - Covington, KY @ Jillian's Entertainment Center
* 4/13 - Saint Louis, MO @ The Pageant
* 4/14 - Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club
* 4/15 - Minneapolis, MN @ Quest Club
* 4/16 - Grand Forks, ND @ Alerus Center
* 4/17 - Rapid City, SD @ Rushmore Plaza Arena
* 4/19 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
* 4/20 - Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater
* 4/21 - Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
* 4/23 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
* 4/24 - Seattle, WA @ ShowBox
* 4/26 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
* 4/27 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
* 4/28 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
* 4/29 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
* 4/30 - Bakersfield, CA @ The Dome
* 5/1 - Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theatre
* 5/3 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
* 5/4 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
* 5/5 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
* 5/6 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
* 5/7 - San Diego, CA @ SOMA
* 5/8 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
* 5/10 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
* 5/11 - Tucson, AZ @ Coconuts
* 5/13 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
* 5/14 - Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Tea Room
* 5/15 - San Antonio, TX @ Sunset Station
* 5/19 - Houston, TX @ Numbers
* 5/21 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blue
New Found Glory New Year's Resolutions
New Found Glory members plan to exercise, eat healthy. Now that 2004 has ended, New Found Glory has some New Year's resolutions to keep. In an interview with MTV.com, vocalist Jordan Pundik says his goal for 2005 is "to get in shape, so when MTV plays our videos a lot this year, I will look fabulous."
New Found Glory bassist Ian Grushka adds, "My resolution is to stay drug-free. Being that I'm a vegetarian, I don't drink alcohol and I don't smoke ciggs, there isn't much left for me to include in my resolution."
New Found Glory adds more shows to spring outing
New Found Glory who last month unveiled plans for a North American club tour, has added a slew of dates to the run.
Scheduled to launch on March 10 in Ft. Lauderdale, the outing now stretches into late April. Among the new dates are two-night stands in Detroit, Chicago and Washington, DC, as well as a pair of Canadian stops. Details are shown in the itinerary below.
Reggie & the Full Effect and Eisley will hold down the opening slots.
The group precedes the North American trek with a European tour that kicks off on Jan. 11. More information is available at the band's website.
New Found Glory is looking forward to returning to smaller venues, according to a November message guitarist Chad Gilbert posted at the site.
"For the past two years, our full U.S. tours have all been either Warped Tour style festivals or arena shows," he wrote. "... Though we love the big exposure, our true love and passion is for the intimate club shows. So that's how we've decided to set up our headlining tour."
The group--which plans to play more than 60 U.S. shows, according to Gilbert's message--continues to support its latest album, "Catalyst," which surfaced in May and debuted at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 album chart. In November, the group issued a concert DVD titled "This Disaster: Live in London."
New Found Glory hits small venues on 2005 headlining tour
New Found Glory heads to Europe in early 2005, but will return to the U.S. for a spring tour that touches down in clubs throughout the country.
So far, the group has confirmed a three-week stretch of shows that kicks off in its home state of Florida on March 10. Details are shown in the itinerary below.
The band is looking forward to returning to smaller venues, according to a November message guitarist Chad Gilbert posted at the band's website.
"For the past two years, our full U.S. tours have all been either Warped Tour style festivals or arena shows," "... Though we love the big exposure, our true love and passion is for the intimate club shows. So that's how we've decided to set up our headlining tour."
The group plans to play more than 60 U.S. shows, according to Gilbert's message.
"We will be hitting just about every city in the U.S. and might even be playing a couple nights in your town," he wrote.
Reggie & the Full Effect and Eisley will hold down the tour's opening slots.
"Both bands are amazing in their own unique way and make for an amazing show," Gilbert wrote. "... Maybe you don't even like NFG and are only going to see them. That's cool too, as long as you don't throw stuff at us."
New Found Glory continues to support its latest album, "Catalyst," which surfaced in May. In November, the group issued a concert DVD titled "This Disaster: Live in London."