New Found Glory

New Found Glory

Pop punk is definitely not dead and two days ago pop punk pioneers New Found Glory were in Antwerp to prove it to everyone! Since the band just released their latest album “Resurrection” this was the perfect time to sit down with vocalist Jordan Pundik and have a little chat...

 

Last October you released “Resurrection”. Chad mentioned once that this album was easier to record than some of the others. How come?

I think the biggest reason is because we’re tighter as a band. Ever since all that stuff happened over the past year we’ve dealt with a lot of stuff together and it brought us closer. Going into the record we were talking about being committed to doing this as a four-piece and talking about what direction we wanted to go in. It really set the bar for what we wanted to accomplish, so when we set out to write the songs everything just came out naturally. Not that it wasn’t natural before but it was also more of a process before. This time was different. We would just drive up to Chad’s house once a week to write songs and make fake drums at his kitchen table. By the time we went into the studio everything was pretty much done. Then we’d just send it over to Ian, who was kind of like the deciding factor and could say “no man, that sucks”. It was just a really simple process.

 

Does the album title represent where you are at as a band right now?

Yeah I definitely think so. The song Resurrection is actually one of the first songs we wrote. It just totally encompasses what the whole record is about and where we are as a band now. We have always written about the human experience and about the things that are happening in our lives but I think this album is more so about dealing with shitty situations and bad things that happen. It’s about taking those things and becoming better or stronger. The name sort of fits that idea.

 

I remember stumbling back to the bus and I fell asleep in my bunk only to wake up to find smashed bananas all over me!

Jordan Pundik, New Found Glory

How did the dynamics within the band shift after you parted ways with Steve?

Dynamically we are just closer than ever. Before it was almost like we were dealing with a lot of stupid things all the time because of certain people. Now it’s like everyone is in the same head space when it comes to the show, the songs, everything. It all just happens naturally, freely and easily. So I think we’re just closer now.

 

And what about the songwriting process? Was it more of a joint effort?

Yes. It was always a joint effort because ideas have to come from somewhere, whether it’s Chad with a riff or me with a melody, or whatever. So it always was a collaborative thing, but now we just have the same outlook on things and the same ideas.

 

Did you feel like you had to start all over again as a four-piece or was it an easy transition?

It was a natural transition. We had to figure out how to make our music still sound like New Found Glory with only one guitar player, because we used to write for two guitars. But now, when we decided to commit to doing this as a four piece, Chad especially really thought out how to make the riffs as catchy as the vocal melody and how to make that a driving factor of the songs as opposed to just being a background of what I’m doing as a vocalist.

 

The album is a bit of a throwback to your early 2000s vibe. Was that deliberate?

I think it’s a little bit of both. We always try to make every record better than the last, although obviously that’s for our fans to decide. I just really feel like the reason we are where we are as a band is because of the way we write our songs and what our songs are about and sound like. It will always be New Found Glory so it wasn’t like: “This has to sound like Sticks and Stones or else no one is going to like it.” I guess it just so happened. We came up with that record so no matter what happens it’s always going to sound like New Found Glory.

 

What is your favourite song off the album and why?

My favourite song right now is probably “Angel”. I like it because it is a little bit different and doesn’t sound like the rest of the record. I really like the way the overall production sounds and we worked together with the singer of Failure, which is a very influential band. They went away for a while and now they are back, but the singer is working as a producer too. He mixed that song and is very intuitive when it comes to guitar tones and things like that, so I just really like the way that song sounds.

 

You released “Resurrection” through Hopeless Records. What made you decide to sign with them and leave Epitaph?

We completed our contract with Epitaph so when it was time to sign with a new label we decided to try something new. Hopeless were one of the first labels to approach us and talk to us. They just seemed like really cool people and when you go in there it just feels like a family. Everyone is very open and welcoming and it’s a small label. There are about 15 people who work there and everyone has been there for forever. The bands they are signing are also really great as they signed Taking Back Sunday, Bayside, The Used, etc. They don’t sign a lot of bands, probably just one every year. I really loved that as well because they would have time to focus on us.

 

You have come a long way over the past 2 decades. Have you ever regretted taking this path in life?

It’s weird because I’m a bit older now. When we started the band I was about 16 or 17 and I didn’t have to worry about anybody but myself so I just wanted to be on tour as much as possible. Now that I’m older I have a family with little kids so sometimes I think about it when I’m gone. Right now I haven’t been home since 30 September so that makes it hard and sometimes it makes me wonder if this is what I should still be doing. But then I look out at the crowd and realise where I am. I mean, I’m here in Antwerp right now and I never thought that would happen. So I’m really appreciative of everything, no matter how bad it can get and how much I miss home. I always think about where we are now.

 

I’m really appreciative of everything, no matter how bad it can get and how much I miss home.

Jordan Pundik, New Found Glory

So how do you combine touring with your life back at home?

You just have to make it work and luckily I found someone who supports and understands me. She met me when the band already existed and I was out touring so she knew what she was getting into. It doesn’t make it any easier but it just is what it is. We just figure something out. My family sometimes comes out and stays with me or I fly home when I have a couple of days off. It’s harder when I’m touring in Europe of course.

 

Funniest thing that ever happened to you on tour?

That’s a difficult one. Lots of funny things happen to me on tour! One of the funniest things happened when we were on tour with Green Day in Europe. When we were in Manchester everyone was just partying and drinking after the show and there was a bunch of fans outside where the buses were. I remember stumbling back to the bus and I fell asleep in my bunk only to wake up to find smashed bananas all over me! I got up to chase whoever was screwing around with me but I couldn’t find my pants or underwear so I just went downstairs holding my shirt down so no one could see my man parts. Then they opened the door of the bus and pushed me outside to where all the fans were. It was freezing cold and I just had my shirt on, trying to hide everything. That’s all I really remember from that night but looking back it’s pretty funny.

 

What do you do to kill time on the road?

We like to go out and explore the cities we play in. We always try to find good food and coffee and beer. That’s what I do to kill time. It’s still interesting because we still experience new things. For example, we’ve been to Brussels a lot and we’ve played festivals a lot but we’ve never been able to hang out in the city before and this last time when we played Groezrock we had a couple of days of and we were able to go to the local bars and drink the Belgian beers. Lots of good ones!

 

One of Belgium’s biggest rock icons, Luc De Vos,  passed away last weekend. Can you name an icon you looked up to?

Probably Kurt Cobain. He’s probably an icon for a lot of people but without Nirvana I don’t think I would be where I am today. I got into them when I was about 12 years old and Nirvana was one of the first real bands I started listening to. Before that I was listening to the Ninja Turtles’ soundtrack! I heard about Nirvana because my dad’s friend had an older son who got me into them. They bought me tickets and we went to see them play. It was a really cool and huge concert and ever since then I would read interviews and watch MTV. If I saw Kurt wearing a Dinosaur Jr shirt I would go out and by a Dinosaur Jr shirt. So Kurt Cobain was a huge influence.

 

If you could promote only one band/artist, who would it be and why?

I’m really into this cool band called From Indian Lakes. I don’t really know any of the band members but the music is really awesome. It’s sort of like Sunny Day Real Estate with that 90s influence. They also remind me a lot of the band Mew but with a little more aggression. They’re just really cool. I don’t know the album title by heart but their latest one is amazing.

 

Thanks a lot Jordan!

 

You can listen to New Found Glory's new album “Resurrection” below!

New Found Glory
New Found Glory (often abbreviated to NFG) are an American pop-punk band based in South Florida (Coral Springs). The band consists of Jordan Pundik (vocals), Chad Gilbert (guitar), Ian Grushka (bass...

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