New Found Glory
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Background Information
A.K.A. NFG[1]
Origin Coral Springs, Florida
Genre Alternative Rock
Pop Punk
Punk Revival
Melodic Hardcore
Years active 1997-present
Label(s) Epitaph
Bridge 9
Associated Acts Shai Hulud
The International Superheroes of Hardcore
Hazen Street
Jordan Pundik
Chad Gilbert
Steve Klein
Ian Grushka
Cyrus Bolooki
Former Members
Joe Moreno

New Found Glory (formerly A New Found Glory) is an American rock band from Coral Springs, Florida, formed in 1997. Founding members were lead vocalist Jordan Pundik, lead guitarist and composer Chad Gilbert, rhythm guitarist and lyricist Steve Klein, bassist Ian Grushka and drummer Joe Moreno. Current drummer Cyrus Bolooki replaced Moreno after only a handful of shows and the lineup has remained unchanged ever since.[2] Influenced by punk revival bands from the 1990s such as Green Day and NOFX,[3] the five-piece are renowned for incorporating pop melodies into a punk rock sound.[4] Subsequently, they are now widely credited as a key pioneer in the fusion genre of pop punk.[5][6][7][8][9] Also noted for their energetic live performances,[10][11][12] the band have garnered a devout following over the course of their career.

The band began touring the East Coast area and built a strong following before releasing debut album, Nothing Gold Can Stay (1999). It was distributed on independent label Eulogy Recordings and sold in excess of 300,000 copies. The following year, debut single "Hit or Miss" charted on the US Modern Rock Chart and exposed the band to a wider audience. Their subsequent three studio albums; New Found Glory (2000), Sticks and Stones (2002), and Catalyst (2004) all charted on the Billboard 200 and achieved gold certifications by the RIAA.

After a break from touring, the band worked with Thom Panunzio on their critically acclaimed fifth album, Coming Home (2006). The record drew influences from classic rock and marked a stylistic change that differed largely from their earlier material. After a spell without a contract, the band signed with independent label Bridge Nine Records and released a new EP titled, Tip of The Iceberg (2008). Their sixth and most recent studio album, Wikipedia:Not Without a Fight (2009), was recorded and produced by Mark Hoppus before they signed with current label Epitaph Records.

History[edit | edit source]

Formation, Debut EP and Nothing Gold Can Stay: 1997–1999[edit | edit source]

The band formed under the name A New Found Glory formed in mid-1997 in Coral Springs, Florida. Jordan Pundik (vocals) met Steve Klein (guitars) at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and began writing music together. Pundik later stated the band name was created whilst he and Klein were working in Red Lobster together; "We came up with A New Found Glory, we wrote it on a napkin. I think we pulled some of it from "A Newfound Interest in Massachusetts" by the Get Up Kids".[13] They recruited friend Ian Grushka on bass, who they had previously played with in a band named "Inner City Kids". Practicing in his garage, they later invited Joe "Taco Joe" Moreno to play drums. Soon after Chad Gilbert (lead guitar), former vocalist of Shai Hulud joined to complete the quintet.[13]

The band recorded their debut EP, It's All About the Girls (1997) in a friends apartment which was distributed by local independent label Fiddler Records. However, the band were growing uneasy with the contribution of Moreno and Gilbert later stated the drumming on the record was "so bad".[13] Soon after Moreno was replaced by current drummer Cyrus Bolooki after two rehearsal sessions.[13] The band went on to tour up and down the East Coast and quickly sold out the entire pressing of the EP.[14] The bands underground success soon caught the attention of Eulogy Recordings and the quintet subsequently signed shortly afterwards in order to increase distribution of their music.[13] Following the success of their EP, the band recorded their debut full length album, Nothing Gold Can Stay (1999), initially selling one-page insert copies at their shows supporting NOFX.[15] Richard Reines, co-founder of Drive-Thru Records had also noted their devout following and held talks with the band. Drive-Thru subsequently signed the five-piece and paid Eulogy $5,000 to licence Nothing Gold Can Stay, which went on to sell more than 300,000 copies.[15] In 2009, Alternative Press included the album in their "10 Classic Albums of '99" feature. Brendan Manley wrote, "Like it's title emplies, Nothing Gold Can Stay is the sonic transcript of a glorious, fleeting time for NFG - and for pop-punk. But just as gold never loses its luster, it's only fitting that 10 years later, Nothing Gold Can Stay still shines".[16]

From The Screen To Your Stereo EP, and New Found Glory: 2000–2001[edit | edit source]

Whilst still in their teens, the five-piece signed their first proper record deal with Drive-Thru Records,[17] and released an EP of cover songs from film soundtracks entitled From the Screen to Your Stereo in 2000. Drive-Thru's relationship with MCA Records ensured that the smaller label's more popular bands would be picked up by the major. Later that year, debut single "Hit or Miss" peaked at #15 on the US Modern Rock Chart,[18] which helped propel the band to a mainstream audience. Subsequently their self-titled second album New Found Glory (2000) reached number one on the Billboard Heatseekers chart,[19] and spent 21 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart.[20] In a Kerrang! magazine article years later, they referred to the album as the band's Essential Purchase. They wrote, "marking one of the biggest and quickest improvements in alternative music, the major label debut hurled them to the forefront of the punk scene barely 12 months after its predecessor. Packed with infectious melodies and sing-along anthems, it would see them jostling with the likes of Blink-182 for the genre's crown."[4] The album also marked the official debut of the band's new moniker, which dropped the indefinite article "A" from their original name due to some fans struggling to find the band's records in stores.[4] The album was certified gold by the RIAA.[21]

Sticks and Stones and Catalyst: 2002–2005[edit | edit source]

Between 2002 and 2004, the band experienced the height of their popularity with headline slots on the Warped Tour with Blink-182 and a supporting tour with Green Day. Third album and major label debut, Sticks and Stones was released on June 11, 2002 and peaked at number four on the Billboard 200 chart.[20] The record spawned two popular singles; "My Friends Over You" and "Head on Collision".[18] Following the success of the album, the band headlined the 2002 Warped Tour and later saw the album certified gold by the RIAA.[21] Lead single for their fourth album, "All Downhill from Here" reached #11 in the Rock Chart before Catalyst (2004) peaked at a career-high number three on the Billboard 200,[20] selling 146,000 copies in its first week.[22] The heavier style of the record, which included some metal and new wave influences,[23] was due to the comparisons that magazines and other media outlets would make between New Found Glory and other popular bands. Chad Gilbert stated: "Well, when Sticks and Stones came out and we were doing that Honda Civic Tour, we were getting compared to bands like Good Charlotte and Simple Plan we were angry with that. At that point, we were getting compared to more pop bands and we aren't a pop band."[24] Producer, Neal Avron also said of the record: "There's definitely more going on, and we were using keyboards more frequently. There's also some string arrangement and choir stuff. The intro to that record was basically a fuck you to bands who were copying."[25] The band promoted the album with a supporting tour with Green Day during the fall of 2004 on the American Idiot Tour. The song, "This Disaster", was featured in EA Sport's Madden 2005, and "At Least I'm Known for Something" was featured in EA's Burnout 3: Takedown. This became the band's third record to be certified gold by the RIAA.[21]

Coming Home & From The Screen To Your Stereo Part II: 2005-2007[edit | edit source]

After the release and tour in support of Catalyst, the band took an extended break before beginning pre-production for another album in 2005. On June 14, 2006, Gilbert announced to that their fifth album would be titled Coming Home and that it was scheduled to be released on September 19, 2006. He also stated that first single, "It's Not Your Fault" would be released sometime in July 2006.[26] They had worked with producer Thom Panunzio (Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Ozzy Osbourne), which marked a considerable stylistic change. Drawing influences from classic rock, the pace of the songs were considerably slower and were regarded as "the most mellow of New Found Glory’s career".[27] Guitarist and lyricist Steve Klein, described the sound as "less guitar driven and more melody driven, more than any other of our records. Everything about the record is way more classic rock sounding".[28] The release proved popular with many critics giving the album positive reviews. It was acclaimed for its "matured and nuanced songwriting",[29] and was generally recognised as being the band's most mature work.[30] It was also featured on the Alternative Press end of year "Essential Albums of 2006" list.[31] Despite a lack of label support it entered the Billboard chart at nineteen.[20] Due to no further singles being released, the band eventually left Geffen Records. They would later be critical of their former label after signing with Epitaph in 2008. Bassist Ian Grushka said, "My goal for this album (Not Without a Fight) is to sell more copies then we did of Coming Home. We are so happy to be on Epitaph now. Our old A&R guy at Geffen was a tool so it would be like a 'fuck you' to him when we sell more CDs".[2]

From the Screen to Your Stereo Part II, the band's follow-up to From the Screen to Your Stereo, was released on September 18, 2007 via Drive-Thru Records.[32] Unlike the earlier EP, Part II is a full-length album, containing 11 songs plus one bonus track for the Japanese edition and iTunes. The first and only single from the album was "Kiss Me" and the music video can be viewed on MySpace.[33]

Hits and Tip of The Iceberg EP: 2008[edit | edit source]

On March 18, 2008, a compilation named Hits was released. Two previously unreleased songs, "Situations" and "Constant Static," are also featured on the album. This was their last release on Drive-Thru/Geffen before going on to sign with independent labels, Bridge Nine Records and Epitaph Records. In April 2008 a compilation from the Punk Goes... series, called [[Wikipedia:Punk Goes Crunk] |Punk Goes Crunk]], was released, and features New Found Glory covering "Tennessee", originally by Arrested Development. New Found Glory had previously released another cover song, "Heaven", on Punk Goes Metal.

On April 29, 2008, the band released an new EP with six tracks on Bridge 9 Records containing both new material that paid homage to their melodic hardcore influences.[34] The EP, entitled Tip of the Iceberg, was released on CD, 7" and through digital music outlets. The CD also included an extra disc from The International Superheroes of Hardcore, named Takin' It Ova!. The ISHC is a side project of all members of the band and features Gilbert on vocals and Pundik on guitar, with the remaining members playing the same instruments they play in New Found Glory. All the members use pseudonyms for their "characters" in the band (e.g. Gilbert is known as "Captain Straightedge"). The band also recorded an internet-only music video for "Dig My Own Grave" with director Joseph Pattisall.[35]

Not Without a Fight and Self Titled Anniversary Tour: 2009-2010[edit | edit source]

Their sixth studio album, Not Without a Fight,[36] was released on March 10, 2009, and was produced by Mark Hoppus. It was released through the band's new label, Epitaph Records. Hoppus has said that during recording, they had felt like a different band altogether.[37] The lead single from the album was called "Listen to Your Friends". The music video for the song was filmed in Los Angeles. The single was released December 23, 2008 in the US & a day earlier in the UK, both via iTunes & AmazonMP3. Following the albums release, the quintet set out on the "Not Without a Fight Tour" with support from Set Your Goals, Bayside and Shai Hulud.[38] During the tour, a split EP with Shai Hulud titled Not Without a Heart Once Nourished by Sticks and Stones Within Blood Ill-Tempered Misanthropy Pure Gold Can Stay was exclusively released. There were two colors limited to a total of only 500 copies and only for sale from either Shai Hulud or New Found Glory at these shows.[38]

During the summer, the band made appearances for major festivals at the Rock AM Ring in Germany and Reading and Leeds Festivals in England.[39] In June 2009, internet radio station PunkRadioCast teamed up with Jones Soda to create a punk pop 6 pack featuring labels designed by PunkRadioCast and five artists. As well as New Found Glory, Less Than Jake, Bad Brains, Thursday and The Gaslight Anthem also featured.[40] Shortly afterwards, Cyrus Bolooki also confirmed they had finished shooting the video for second single "Don't Let Her Pull You Down", which was expected to be released in late summer/early autumn.[41] The video premiered on October 15,[42] and was released on October 20 via limited orange and sky blue vinyl prints.[43] On October 17, Chad Gilbert announced the band would be playing a free show at their practise studio in South Florida.[44] Around 120 fans packed into the studio where the band played a setlist made up of fan requests.[45][46]

In late 2009 AbsolutePunk announced that Dashboard Confessional had been confirmed as the main support for New Found Glory's headline American tour.[47] Chad Gilbert then hinted the band had been rehearsing Dashboard songs for a possible split EP,[48] which he later confirmed on his Twitter account days later.[49] Gilbert later posted regular studio updates including a video of him recording his guitar lines for the release.[50] However, shortly before the tour was due to commence, Dashboard withdrew due to personal reasons and the tour was subsequently cancelled.[51] Soon after Chris Carrabba confirmed that as an alternative, a new tour had been arranged which would see both bands perform a series of unplugged shows.[52] The split, titled Swiss Army Bromance had initially been due for sale on the previously cancelled tour,[53] but was later made available online on a limited pressing of 2,500 copies.[54]

During this time band announced they were planning a commemorative tour in early 2010 to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their self-titled album.[55][56] A special edition re-release of the album was planned which would feature seven bonus tracks and a DVD.[57] Soon after in December 2009, AbsolutePunk officially announced the special anniversary edition of the album would be released on January 26, 2010 through Geffen Records.[58] The additional material included new liner notes, demos, b-sides, The Story So Far DVD and a remix of debut single "Hit or Miss" by the late Jerry Finn.[58] A full tour was also confirmed where the band would play the record in its entirety, with support from Saves the Day, Hellogoodbye and Fireworks.[58]

In 2010, guitarist Chad Gilbert announced he will be releasing solo material online at some stage for free of charge.[59] Shortly before the start of the bands commemorative tour, Gilbert visited his doctor for pneumonia. After suspicious cells were discovered in his thyroid, he underwent surgery which caused him to miss the first three dates of the new tour. Anthony Raneri of Bayside replaced him for this period.[60]

Musical style and influences[edit | edit source]

New Found Glory are renowned for their fast and energetic "pop punk" music.[61][62][63] They use traditional verse-chorus song structures and are known to combine pop melodies and chord progressions with fast punk rock tempos, hardcore-influenced breakdowns and sometimes gang vocals.[8]

Critics have praised the band for their ability to write infectious hooks and the sincerity of their lyrics, often about growing up and relationships.[64] Joe DeAndrea of AbsolutePunk has described the band's lyricism as "blatant and to the point" yet "relatable".[64] Chad Gilbert has noted that, "if the delivery is honest and real, that's what keeps it from being the corniest thing you've ever heard before. New Found Glory is a band that people enjoy listening to not because we give off this harsh message. We write about who we are and what effects us in life and those are our relationships".[65]

They band have also been classified in genres such as "punk revival",[14][66] "alternative rock",[67][68][69] and "emo".[70][71][72] Third EP, Tip of The Iceberg (2008), was seen as their most obvious display of their "melodic hardcore" influences,[34] while fourth album, Catalyst (2004), was regarded as being a "heavier" record.[73] The sound was described as "combining their renowned knack for massive choruses with some of their hardest hitting riffs".[4] Following album, Coming Home (2006), came in contrast as it drew heavy influence from "classic rock", featuring slower melodies and chord progressions.[28] Compared to their earlier recordings, it was viewed as a "much softer album laden with piano riffs and acoustic guitars".[73]

Adam Webb of Ultimate-Guitar wrote of the band during a review of Not Without a Fight (2009); "In an age filled with formulaic, wannabe emo bands focused more on the haircut of the week rather than creating tunes that rock the copper wires off your speakers, the Floridian quintet, now 12 years into their existence, have created a rockin' pop punk album that shows just why they stand so tall above the crowd of uneventful scenesters that is the tragedy of the music scene today". He also cited that the bands music can appeal to fans of "pop, hardcore and punk" in equal measure.[8] Brendan Manley, journalist for Alternative Press covered the bands history in a 2010 article. He stated, "In the 13 years since the South Florida-bred band took their place as the kings of easycore, New Found Glory have time and time again brought their signature fusion of melody and mosh to the masses. As impressive as the band's contribution is to the modern pop-punk cannon, their longevity and perpetual relevance is nearly as astonishing".[5] British rock magazine Kerrang! have also noted, "basing much of their lyrical content on heartbreak, the band have gained somewhat of a cult following due to their ability to connect with their fans on unusually personal levels, while their penchant for incorporating pop sensibility into a sound that (largely) stays true to punk's roots has earned them respect from much of the hardcore community."[4]

Rhythm guitarist Steve Klein is the band's lyricist, while lead guitarist Chad Gilbert is the main composer of the songs. Bassist Ian Grushka has stated that "all of the lyrics are based on real life experiences. A song can be created from something one of us is going through or a conversation we've had.."[2] They have cited hardcore bands Hatebreed and Madball, as well as fellow pop punk band Green Day as major influences on their career.[74]

Members[edit | edit source]

  • Jordan Pundik - Vocals (1997—present)
  • Chad Gilbert - Lead guitar, Backing Vocals, Composer (1997—present)
  • Steve Klein - Rhythm guitar (1997—present)
  • Ian Grushka - Bass (1997—present)
  • Cyrus Bolooki - Dums (1997—present)
Former members
  • Joe Moreno — drums, percussion (1997)
Touring members
  • Michael Bethancourt — keyboards, synths (2007—present)
  • Franco Cataldi - guitar (2004)
  • Anthony Raneri — guitar (2010)
  • James Dewees — keyboards, synths (2003—2005)

Discography[edit | edit source]

Main article: New Found Glory Discography

Studio albums[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. New Found Glory
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 New Found Glory Interview
  3. Beyond: New Found Glory
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 The Lowdown - New Found Glory
  5. 5.0 5.1 It Never Snows in Florida: The Oral History of New Found Glory
  6. New Found Glory - 10th Anniversary Edition (Drive-Thru) KKKK. 10th Birthday of Pop-Punk Legends' Breakthrough
  7. New Found Glory Crime In Stereo Four Year Strong Set Your Goals @ Glasgow Barrowlands 23/11/08
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Not Without A Fight Review Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "UG" defined multiple times with different content
  9. New Found Glory Unveil Track List; New LP Is 'Different From Everything Out There'
  10. NEW FOUND GLORY - London Kentish Forum - May 30th
  11. New Found Glory Live Review
  12. New Found Glory, The Audition, The Open Season @ HQ, Adelaide, 10/04/07
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 1996-1997: The Oral History of New Found Glory
  14. 14.0 14.1 New Found Glory > Biography
  15. 15.0 15.1 1999-2000: The Oral History of New Found Glory
  16. 10 Classic Albums of '99 - A New Found Glory: Nothing Gold Can Stay
  17. New Found Glory Shares insight on their new upcoming 2009 Album
  18. 18.0 18.1 Modern Rock Chart History New Found Glory
  19. New Found Glory > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 New Found Glory > Chart History
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 RIAA Search - New Found Glory
  22. Catalyst > Charts & Awards
  23. Catalyst > Overview
  24. New Found Glory - 04.29.08 - Interview
  25. 2001-2005: The Oral History of New Found Glory
  26. New Found Glory Find A Home For New Release — September
  27. NEW FOUND GLORY: Pop Punk’s Not Dead
  28. 28.0 28.1 Interview with Guitarist Steve Klein of New Found Glory
  29. New Found Glory: Not Without A Fight
  30. Coming Home > Overview
  31. NFG 'Coming Home' AP Top 10!
  32. From The Screen To Your Stereo Part II Release
  33. "Kiss Me" Official Video
  34. 34.0 34.1 |NEW FOUND GLORY / INTERNATIONAL SUPERHEROES OF HARDCORE - Tip Of The Iceberg / Takin’ It Ova Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Dis" defined multiple times with different content
  35. New Found Glory Shoots New Video
  36. Cyrus Bolooki Interview
  37. Exclusive Mark Hoppus pickRset interview
  38. 38.0 38.1 We like vinyl....New Found Glory likes makes sense
  39. New Found Glory - performer profile
  40. PunkRadioCast teams up with Jones Soda for Punk Pop Six Pack
  41. Cyrus Bolooki of New Found Glory Talks About the Band's New Video For "Don't Let Her Pull You Down"
  42. New Found Glory - "Don't Let Her Pull You Down"
  43. Don't Let Her Pull You Down 7" EP (Bundle)
  44. About to Start surprise practice / show in our home town of south Florida. Psyched
  45. New Found Glory Plays Free Show for Fans
  46. New Found Glory Play Secret Hometown Gig
  47. Dashboard Confessional Tour Dates
  48. New Found Confessional
  49. In the studio recording...
  50. Chadball Confessional
  51. Dashboard Confessional/New Found Glory tour canceled
  52. Tour Dates: Dashboard Confessional and New Found Glory Acoustic
  53. Dashboard Confessional/New Found Glory split cover art revealed
  54. NFG/Dashboard Split (Pink Vinyl)
  55. Um, Yes Please
  56. Fans Report In: New Found Glory
  57. NFG S/T Re-Release Info
  58. 58.0 58.1 58.2 New Found Glory Re-Release/Tour Info
  59. New Found Glory guitarist to issue solo material
  60. Get Well Soon, Chad
  61. Catalyst: New Found Glory
  62. New Found Glory's 'Not Without a Fight' tries to keep pop-punk alive
  63. New Found Glory
  64. 64.0 64.1 New Found Glory - Not Without a Fight
  65. New Found Glory - Coming Home
  66. New Found Glory: Tip Of The Iceberg EP and Takin' It Ova!
  67. New Found Glory Biography
  68. New Found Glory - Profile
  69. New Found Glory - Coming Home
  70. Sticks and Stones - Editorial Reviews
  71. CD Review: New Found Glory's Coming Home
  72. Greenwald, pp. 127-128. " 'I'm sick of smiling / and so is my jaw / can't you see my front is crumbling down?' asked the first song on Sticks and Stones, the New Found Glory album that stunned the world when debuted at number four in the summer of 2002. It's an interesting contradiction—the celebration of misery, the simultaneous privileging and subsuming of the self—but one that's pure emo, no matter what the band or its label says."
  73. 73.0 73.1 CD Review: New Found Glory returns to pop-punk roots
  74. Interview with New Found Glory - 09.04.06

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