Genre: Punk Metal
New Found Glory (formerly A New Found Glory) is an American rock band from Coral Springs, Florida. Formed in the summer of 1997, founding members were lead vocalist Jordan Pundik, guitarists Chad Gilbert and 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 since remained unchanged. Their brand of music is drawn from influences such as punk revivalists Green Day and NOFX, to hardcore acts like Hatebreed and Madball. The band is noted for their blend of pop melodies with the energy and fast tempos of classic punk rock. Subsequently, they are widely considered key pioneers of pop punk. Indeed, Allmusic have credited the band for “practically serving alongside the work of Blink-182 as the blueprint to the entire genre for the early 2000s.” Also renowned for their energetic live performances, the fivesome have garnered a devout following over the course of their career.
After releasing the home-recorded EP, It’s All About the Girls in 1997, the band were able to build a cult following after a rigorous touring schedule of the East Coast area and the release of debut album Nothing Gold Can Stay (1999). The album was distributed on independent label Eulogy Recordings and sold over 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 Recording Industry Association of America (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 departure from the band’s earlier work. 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) which paid homage to their melodic hardcore influences. 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.
From the Screen to Your Stereo Part II, is the band’s follow-up to From the Screen to Your Stereo, was released on September 18, 2007. 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 single from the album was “Kiss Me“ and the music video can be viewed on MySpaceTV.
On March 18, 2008, a compilation named Hits was released. Two previously unreleased songs, “Situations” and “Constant Static,” are also featured on the album. 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. New Found Glory had previously released another cover song, “Heaven“, on Punk Goes Metal.
On April 29, 2008, the band released an EP with 6 tracks on Bridge 9 Records containing both new material and covers of classic hardcore punk songs. The EP, entitled Tip of the Iceberg, is currently being sold on CD, 7″ and through digital music outlets. The CD also comes with 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.
The new album to be titled “Not Without A Fight” is set for release on February 17th and is being produced by Mark Hoppus. It will be released through the band’s new label, Epitaph Records. Hoppus has said that during recording, NFG has felt like a different band altogether. Bearing “a whole new enthusiasm about music,” he notes that the band “wanted to come out swinging” on their new album.
- Jordan Pundik – Vocals
- Chad Gilbert – Lead guitar/Vocals
- Steve Klein – Rhythm guitar
- Ian Grushka – Bass
- Cyrus Bolooki – Drums