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New Found Glory On The Evolution of Their Music, Their Worries and Plans for The Future

By  September 30, 2017

Having started off as a humble band that recorded their debut EP It's All About the Girls in a friend’s apartment in 1997, New Found Glory progressed to claim the title of Pioneers of the beloved Pop-punk genre we know today, their influences seeping into virtually every release in the scene.

The band is still going strong two decades later, dropping their 9th studio album Makes Me Sick via Hopeless Records earlier this year in April. With Aron Sprinkle as the new producer on-board (MxPx, Anberlin, Acceptance), the album treads new territory with its sounds and risks taken. Guitarist Chad Gilbert commented on their new album, “[Make Me Sick is] our best. If you don’t believe me, buy it and prove me wrong!”

Read more as drummer Cyrus Bolooki answers questions on New Found Glory’s new music, including his favorite song from the album, and their future as a band.

 

1. What sets Makes Me Sick apart from your previous albums? How has your music evolved since Nothing Gold Can Stay?

I think all of our albums have their own identity, and each has its own sound and place in NFG’s catalog. Makes Me Sick is an album where I feel that we took NFG’s familiar sound from past records and added some extra layers to it, layers like keyboard and synth sounds, and still found a way to make it sound like classic NFG. Since Nothing Gold Can Stay our songwriting has definitely evolved, as we’ve become more comfortable with each other and our own musical talents, and it’s allowed us to take chances when needed or push the limits of our music to try new things and constantly revamp and refine NFG’s sound.

 

2. What's your favorite song from the album, and what draws you to it?

My favorite song is “Call Me Anti-Social”. For me, there’s a few reasons why I’m drawn to it. First off, I feel as though it’s a perfect representation of all of the elements contained on Makes Me Sick – heavy guitars, catchy vocals, and a synth lead. Also, it happened to be the first song that we had mixed after finishing in the studio, and when I heard it played back for the first time on good speakers it literally blew me off my chair, and definitely made me even more excited for this album.

 

3. On this album you had Aaron Sprinkle on-board as a producer for the first time. What was it like working with him?

Aaron Sprinkle is awesome as a producer, musician, and person. He brought a very cool extra element to our band, where we were able to suggest any kind of idea, whether it be a guitar sound, a harmony idea, or a keyboard line, and he would find a way to translate it and present it to us on the recording. With some of our prior albums, especially those where we self-produced them, we sometimes had trouble coming up with the little finishing touches for songs, things like the above-mentioned elements, and having Aaron there allowed us to relax a bit knowing that we would have another fresh set of ears and ideas always flowing. That’s one of the reasons why we were able to take some musical chances that we haven’t in the past in order to come up with new and creative ways to present our music.

 

4. Any challenges you faced during the making of the record?

No major challenges this time around, except for the usual ones – finishing on schedule, making sure that we play everything correctly, and the hardest one, picking which songs would make the cut for the album. We actually ended up recording a few extra songs that we didn’t include on the record and we hope to eventually release those in the near future.

 

5. What’s your favorite lyric off this album?

“Because we’re barbed wire…Two strands twisted to one…Razor sharp, no one will ever touch us.” I love those lines because I think anyone that’s been in a relationship with someone even though others might not approve or agree can relate to how strong love can be between two people, and sometimes it doesn’t matter what anyone thinks about you, it’s what you think that matters.

 

6. As a band with a lengthy career, what has been your proudest moment so far?

So many moments have stood out throughout our career so it’s tough to pick just one, but I think besides having 3 gold albums to date, I’m most proud of having traveled the world multiple times and sharing the stage with some of my musical idols and biggest bands in our genre, bands like Blink-182 and Green Day.

 

7. What’s the main goal you want to achieve in these next few years?

At this point in our career, I think we just strive to continue. To continue to release albums, tour around the world, and most importantly, stay relevant within our genre and scene. I think we’ve done a great job of doing that throughout the years, so as long as we continue that and also continue to enjoy what we do, there is no end in sight for us!

 

8. What’s your biggest worry as a band?

This would probably be related to the previous answer. I think we worry about forcing this, about just doing this to do it, going through the motions with no actual sense of pride or enjoyment about it. If it gets to that point, then it’s time for us to have a serious conversation about whether or not we should continue. But until then, it’s all systems go, and as of now, there’s nothing stopping us from continuing to do what we love!

 

9. You're known as the Godfathers of Pop Punk. Any new up and coming bands that have caught your eye?

Another question that’s hard to answer. I usually tell people that I really like the record label that we’re signed to, Hopeless Records, as they have a great ear for new and up and coming bands, and most of their releases are pretty good. We have actually brought a bunch of their newer bands out on the road with us on recent tours, including our tour right now here in the UK where we have Roam supporting us.

 

10. Which songs are you most excited to play live?

On our current tour we’re playing 6 of our older albums in their entirety, so it’s been real fun to play some songs off of albums like Coming Home and Not Without A Fight that we rarely, if ever, play live. Other than that, I always love playing newer songs, so we’ve already played a few off of Makes Me Sick, “Happy Being Miserable,” “Party On Apocalypse,” and “Call Me Anti-Social.”

 

11. What are your plans after your tour?

After we finish here in the UK, we have only a short time off and then we’re going back out in the US for a continuation of our 20 Years of Pop Punk Tour. We’ve seen so much success with that tour that we decided to keep it going and bring it to even more cities around our country!

 

12. Finally, any message you want to leave for your fans in Singapore?

For us to have fans in a place like Singapore, so far away from our hometown, is just mind-blowing. We’re so appreciative to have people that support us all over the world, and we always look forward to traveling to places like Singapore to play our music to all of the NFG fans there. We hope to see you again soon!

 

Photo Credit: Hopeless Records


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