New Found Glory Overview

New Found Glory (formerly A New Found Glory) is an American rock rock music 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. the five-piece are renowned for incorporating pop melodies into a punk rock sound. Also noted for their energetic live performances, 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 Nothing Gold Can Stay (album) (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 Hit or Miss (song) " charted on the US Modern Rock Chart US Modern Rock and exposed the band to a wider audience. Their subsequent three studio albums; New Found Glory New Found Glory (album) (2000), Sticks and Stones Sticks and Stones (New Found Glory album) (2002), and Catalyst Catalyst (album) (2004) all charted on the Billboard 200 and achieved gold Music recording sales certification certifications by the RIAA.

After a break from touring, the band worked with Thom Panunzio on their critically acclaimed fifth album, Coming Home Coming Home (New Found Glory album) (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 Tip of the Iceberg (album) (2008). Their sixth and most recent studio album, Not Without a Fight (2009), was recorded and produced by Mark Hoppus before they signed with current label Epitaph Records.


 
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Formation, Debut EP and Nothing Gold Can Stay: 1997–1999


The band formed under the name "A New Found Glory" during 1997 in Coral Springs, Florida. Jordan Pundik (vocals) had 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". 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 Shai Hulud (band) joined to complete the quintet. The bands underground underground music success soon caught the attention of Eulogy Recordings and the quintet subsequently signed shortly afterwards in order to increase distribution of their music. 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.


From The Screen To Your Stereo EP, and New Found Glory: 2000–2001


Whilst still in their teens, the five-piece signed their first proper record deal record contract with Drive-Thru Records, 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 po***r bands would be picked up by the major. Later that year, debut single "Hit or Miss Hit or Miss (song) " peaked at #15 on the US Modern Rock Chart US Modern Rock , which helped propel the band to a mainstream audience. Subsequently their self-titled second album New Found Glory New Found Glory (album) (2000) reached number one on the Billboard Heatseekers Top Heatseekers chart, and spent 21 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart. 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 Punk subculture 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."


Sticks and Stones and Catalyst: 2002–2005

Between 2002 and 2004, the band experienced the height of their po***rity with headline slots on the Warped Tour Vans Warped Tour with Blink-182 and a supporting tour with Green Day. Third album and major label debut, Sticks and Stones Sticks and Stones (New Found Glory album) was released on June 11, 2002 and peaked at number four on the Billboard 200 chart. Lead single for their fourth album, "All Downhill from Here" reached #11 in the Rock Chart before Catalyst Catalyst (album) (2004) peaked at a career-high number three on the Billboard 200, The heavier style of the record, which included some metal metal music and new wave New Wave music influences, was due to the comparisons that magazines and other media outlets would make between New Found Glory and other po***r 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." 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 *** you to bands who were copying." The band promoted the album with a supporting tour with Green Day during the fall Autumn 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. They had worked with producer record 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". 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". The release proved po***r with many critics giving the album positive reviews. It was acclaimed for its "matured and nuanced songwriting", and was generally recognised as being the band's most mature work. On a sidenote, Pundik was suffering from explosive diarrhea while recording the album, resulting in high pitched vocals often sounding like he was in pain. Pundik was quoted saying: "I totally shit myself during most of the recording! We needed to set up a mike in the bathroom so i could record vocals while pooing...The whole thing kinda turned me on ***ally." It was also featured on the Alternative Press end of year "Essential Albums of 2006" list. Despite a lack of label support it entered the Billboard chart at nineteen.

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. 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 Kiss Me (New Found Glory) " and the music video can be viewed on MySpace.


Hits and Tip of The Iceberg EP: 2008

On March 18, 2008, a compilation compilation album named Hits Hits (New Found Glory) was released. Two previously unreleased songs, "Situations" and "Constant Static," are also featured on the album. This was their last release on Drive-Thru Drive-Thru Records /Geffen Geffen Records 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 Punk Goes Crunk, was released, and features New Found Glory covering "Tennessee", originally by Arrested Development Arrested Development (group) . New Found Glory had previously released another cover song, "Heaven Heaven (Warrant song) ", 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. The EP, entitled Tip of the Iceberg Tip of the Iceberg (album) , 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 straight edge "). The band also recorded an internet-only music video for "Dig My Own Grave" with director Joseph Pattisall.


Not Without a Fight and Self Titled Anniversary Tour: 2009-2010


Their sixth studio album, Not Without a Fight, 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. The lead single from the album was called " ". 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 Set Your Goals (band) , Bayside Bayside (band) and Shai Hulud Shai Hulud (band) . 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. 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 Thursday (band) and The Gaslight Anthem also featured. 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. The video premiered on October 15, and was released on October 20 via limited orange and sky blue vinyl Gramophone record prints. On October 17, Chad Gilbert announced the band would be playing a free show at their practise studio in South Florida. Around 120 fans packed into the studio where the band played a setlist made up of fan requests.

In late 2009 AbsolutePunk announced that Dashboard Confessional had been confirmed as the main support for New Found Glory's headline American tour. Chad Gilbert then hinted the band had been rehearsing Dashboard songs for a possible split EP, which he later confirmed on his Twitter account days later. Gilbert later posted regular studio updates including a video of him recording his guitar lines for the release. However, shortly before the tour was due to commence, Dashboard withdrew due to personal reasons and the tour was subsequently cancelled. 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. The split, titled Swiss Army Bromance had initially been due for sale on the previously cancelled tour, but was later made available online on a limited pressing of 2,500 copies.

During this time band announced they were planning a commemorative tour in early 2010 to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their self-titled album New Found Glory (album) . A special edition re-release of the album was planned which would feature seven bonus tracks and a DVD. 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. The additional material included new liner notes, demos demo (music) , b-sides, The Story So Far The Story So Far (film) DVD and a remix of debut single "Hit or Miss Hit or Miss (song) " by the late Jerry Finn. 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 Bayside (band) replaced him for this period.New Found Glory are renowned for their fast and energetic "pop punk" music. They use traditional verse-chorus song structures and are known to combine pop melodies and chord progressions with fast punk rock tempos, hardcore hardcore punk -influenced breakdowns breakdown (music) and sometimes gang vocals Vocals#Po***r_and_traditional_music .

Critics have praised the band for their ability to write infectious hooks hook (music) and the sincerity of their lyrics, often about growing up coming of age and relationships. Joe DeAndrea of AbsolutePunk has described the band's lyricism as "blatant and to the point" yet "relatable".

They band have also been classified in genres such as "punk revival", "alternative rock", and "emo". Third EP, Tip of The Iceberg Tip of the Iceberg (album) (2008), was seen as their most obvious display of their "melodic hardcore" influences, while fourth album, Catalyst Catalyst (album) (2004), was regarded as being a "heavier" record. The sound was described as "combining their renowned knack for massive choruses refrain with some of their hardest hitting riffs". Compared to their earlier recordings, it was viewed as a "much softer album laden with piano riffs and acoustic guitars".

Rhythm guitarist Steve Klein is the band's lyricist, while lead guitarist Chad Gilbert is the main composer music 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.."*Jordan Pundik — lead vocals (1997—present)>
*Chad Gilbert — lead guitar, backing vocals, composer (1997—present)>
*Steve Klein — rhythm guitar, lyricist (1997—present)>
*Ian Grushka — bass guitar (1997—present)>
*Cyrus Bolooki — drums Drum kit , percussion (1997—present)>

;Former members
*Joe Moreno — drums, percussion (1997)>

;Touring members
*Michael Bethancourt — keyboards keyboardist , synths synthesizer (2007—present)>
*Anthony Raneri — guitar (2010)>
*James Dewees — keyboards, synths (2003—2005)>* Nothing Gold Can Stay Nothing Gold Can Stay (album) (1999)
* New Found Glory New Found Glory (album) (2000)
* Sticks and Stones Sticks and Stones (New Found Glory album) (2002)
* Catalyst Catalyst (album) (2004)
* Coming Home Coming Home (New Found Glory album) (2006)
* Not Without a Fight (2009)
 

 

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