New Found Glory Reflect On Twenty Years of Pop Punk Milestone

Twenty years went in a flash and you could say you’d feel old hearing the band name New Found Glory. You may have come across NFG in your golden days as a teenager – 14 with uncontrollable acne, being mesmerised by the music that was pop-punk. They were that band we like to keep for nostalgic purposes, but also the ones we should thank for shaping who we are today. Whether it’s harmoniously singing to number “Hold My Hand” or blasting “My Friends Over You”, it’s hard to believe that the band from Coral Springs, Florida have reached their twenty-year milestone.

In receiving this though, they have faced challenges along the way, but also some memories they’ll never forget. NFG have played the soundtrack of our lives before and it’s only fair for them to bring their ’20 Years of Pop Punk’ shows to us, so we can sing along to all of our favourite songs and pretend we’re as young as we were back then. Frontman Jordan Pundik has had his fair memorable moments doing this tour around the U.S and we managed to snare some time with him, talking about how he feels about his journey with the band and being an influence to a younger generation.

First of all, I just want to say Congratulations for reaching twenty years – that must’ve been a huge milestone for you guys. How has being in New Found Glory shaped you as a person?

I mean, it’s been like everything that I know growing up. It has allowed me to experience things that people my age at the time wouldn’t even encounter. Meeting new people and seeing new things, trying new food, it’s shaped me to like what I am today and I feel very grateful for that.

It must be surreal looking back at your younger self and then you look at what you’ve achieved now. How do you feel about that?

There are definitely times where I worry about where we’ve been and what we’ve done – it went by in such a flash, you know. Playing twenty-year anniversary shows is so surreal to me because when we first started the band, I was living at home with my parents [laughs] – up until the point where we recorded Sticks and Stones. It’s just crazy that twenty years later, people still give a crap about us, you know.

Don’t let anyone try to tell you how you should be or what you should do – do what’s good for you and your career.

I mean, you guys are coming down here in Australia soon so that must be exciting. What are you looking forward to in playing these shows? Especially playing some of the fan-favourite albums in full?

I can tell you from experience, being on the tour [in the U.S] right now, it’s been awesome playing a lot of old venues that we used to go when we first started. We’re doing multiple nights in each place and it’s crazy. I’m meeting a lot of people at our meet and greets and they said they grew up [listening to] us and how our records got them through so much. It’s just really cool that we can do that for people – that’s honestly what keeps me motivated to keep it going, you know.

You guys have been a band for twenty years and you’ve seen changes in the pop punk scene. What would you say has remained constant within it?

I think what’s remained the same is the support from the fans – at least for my band anyway. Everyday people have said that to me and it’s really cool that has stayed true for all these years. The support from not only the fans but other bands as well. There are some bands that have some egos and attitudes, but for the most part, everyone is like super supportive. 

Do you have those ‘pinch me’ sort of moments when you have like a younger band say to you that your music has inspired them enough to start their own band?

Yeah, it’s really, really flattering [chuckles] because I never set out with that intention, you know. We were that band at one point and now it’s so cool that even bands that are bigger than us have come up and said that we’ve gotten them through so much. One great example is one of the dudes from Mumford and Sons came up to us and he wanted to meet us at catering at one of the UK festivals and he said that he loved us and he got into this type of music because of us. It was really kinda cool to hear from him.

That’s crazy. It must’ve been one of the greatest moments of your life, actually [chuckles].

[laughs] It’s so weird because some of these guys are like older than us.

With all this experience, what advice would you give younger bands out there starting out in the music industry? 

The music industry is hard to deal with, but there’s gonna be ups and downs. Don’t let anyone try to tell you how you should be or what you should do – do what’s good for you and your career. If you really want to do this forever, then do what you want to do. But also don’t be a dick to people, be nice and don’t think that you’re awesome because it could all end in a flash.


Makes Me Sick is out now through Hopeless Records 

NEW FOUND GLORY
20 Years of Pop Punk Australian Tour

Tuesday 8th August – Metropolis, Fremantle
Sticks and Stones / Catalyst 
Wednesday 9th August – The Gov, Adelaide
Sticks and Stones / Catalyst 
Thursday 10th August – The Metro Theatre, Sydney
Sticks and Stones / Self-Titled [SOLD OUT]
Friday 11th August – The Metro Theatre, Sydney
Catalyst / Not Without a Fight
Saturday 12th August – Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane
Sticks and Stones / Catalyst 
Monday 14th August – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Sticks and Stones / Coming Home [SOLD OUT]

Tuesday 15th August August – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Catalyst / Not Without A Fight [SOLD OUT]

Wednesday 16th August – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Self-Titled / Nothing Gold Can Stay [SOLD OUT]

Tickets on sale now

For complete tour and ticketing information, visit:
livenation.com.au

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