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New Found Glory sees the dawn of a new day

Submitted by on September 9, 2014 – 9:38 pmNo Comment

New Found Glory 2014 Promo by Lindsey ByrnesHailing from the sunshine state of California, New Found Glory have been rocking the pop style since 1997 when the second wave of pop-punk struck chords with adolescents everywhere. They used to be my high school anthem-writers to relate to, next to Blink 182 of course. Now, 17 years later, they’re back stronger than ever. With a cast and crew finally fit to the mold, and working with esteemed record label Hopeless Records for their newest release “Resurrection,” the guys from NFG have finally reached the climax in their tenure they’ve always dreamed of. The first weekend of September, NFG was invited to play Riot Fest at Toronto’s Downsview Park, and Martyr’s Devin Size caught lead singer of NFG Jordan Pundik after their set in the media tent and chatted him up about the new digs, vibes, and tour.

DS: First of all, people were starting to pour in and getting really excited for today, your set was early, but people were really into it. How did it feel to play for a crowd like that in Toronto?

Jordan: It was awesome. I know it’s pretty cliché, everyone is going to say that it’s awesome, but it really was cool. It was awesome weather, of course we brought the sunshine, cause we’re from the sunshine state! For that early in the day the crowd was really great (NFG went on at 2:20 p.m.) I was super stoked – first time playing Riot Fest too.

DS: Well you guys have played Toronto before, but how did it feel after all this time to play in Canada again?

Jordan: On our own, yeah. We just played in Montebello (Quebec,) not too long ago, and that show was great. That created that itch to come back to Canada and play, we hadn’t been here in so long. The when Riot Fest came up, we said of course, let’s do it. We love it here, but it’s hard sometimes. WE always try to make it up when we plan tours, but it doesn’t always work out. It’s one of those things… Customs and stuff… But we’re trying to make it back more. Next tour for sure.

DS: I used to rock out to you guys in high school, and when you guys closed with “My Friends Over You,” it brought me way back. It’s awesome to see people digging your tunes, old and new. What do you think has kept you guys relevant past the late 90s punk-pop wave?

Jordan: Well we started at a young age, I was 17 when we started the band. Not only that, I think we try not to make ourselves seem bigger than anyone else – put ourselves on a pedestal. Our fans have been the inspiration to keep the band going. I think that helps out, you know? Also, it’s the interaction with our fans, and always touring with up and coming bands. For example that band The Story So Far. They’re getting huge right now, and we were first to take them on tour. My band has always taken bands like that on tour. I feel like that says a lot, instead of only trying to tour for ourselves or friends.

DS: 2014 is an exciting year for you guys. You’ve settled in with new members, a new record label, and so talk a little bit about the transition over the last few years from Geffen Records to Hopeless now.

Jordan: Yeah we were on Geffen, then we did a couple records with Epitaph which was awesome. Now we’re on Hopeless, and for me, I grew up buying records from bands who were on Hopeless. One of my favourite bands, Sam I Am, was with Hopeless later in their career. Everyone at Hopeless just gets it, gets what we’re trying to do. They’ve been around for a long time and they’re one of those labels that started from nothing and made it to where they are today. So it’s good to work with like-minded people. They have a smaller roster and they focus on their artists. Playing today with some label mates now today too, so this is really cool for me.

DS: Awesome! So now touch on the new album “Resurrection?”

Jordan: I think… I mean actually I know, this has been the easiest record to put together for us. Just because we had everything prepared already before going into studio… Which usually never happens [laughs.] So I was pretty excited. I would go up to Chad’s (Glibert) place once a week with our drummer Cyrus (Bolooki,) we’d write songs and sit at his dining room table and just hash out songs. We really focused on what we wanted the record to be like. From there we just passed ideas back and forth. WE had like 20 odd songs going into the studio, and we wanted to focus on being a four-piece now, but wanted to be heavy as we used to be without the second guitar. We went back and listened to bands like Pantera and Rage Agaisnt the Machine, which were heavy as hell with only one guitar and took cues from them.

DS: The title of the album, is it meant to be a little bit metaphorical?

Jordan: Yeah, like, especially lyrically. What the record is talking about, it’s a call to action for fans to deal with whatever you’ve had to deal with in your life, hopefully you can put this record on and feel like you can come up above anything, like we did. We just want people to relate to it.

DS: Well it was awesome today to hear the new songs mixed in with your older stuff and it work so nicely.

Jordan: [Laughs] Well I’m still getting used to the new songs, so I’m glad you couldn’t tell. I’ve only sang them live twice now.

DS: You pulled it off, no one noticed. So obviously with this new release, you guys must have a tour planned out after this?

Jordan: Yeah we start out October 3rd on the Glamour Kills tour, it’s a clothing brand sponsoring it. That’s for about a month. Then we’re flying to the UK and Europe – so needless to say, no signs of slowing down for us yet. 

Interview by Devin Size, photo by Lindsey Byrnes

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