[pullquote quote="I love this song a lot because I feel like out of all the songs on the record...this one is the most classic New Found Glory song."]It’s rare for most bands to survive longer than a decade; it’s even rarer for that band to have pretty much no line-up changes. Although [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]New Found Glory[/lastfm] had a different drummer for a small time during their genesis in 1997, for most of their career the Florida-born pop-punk band has been comprised of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jordan Pundik[/lastfm] (lead vocals), [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Chad Gilbert[/lastfm] (lead guitar/backing vocals), [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Steve Klein[/lastfm] (rhythm guitar), [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Ian Grushka[/lastfm] (bass guitar), and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Cyrus Bolooki[/lastfm] (drums).
Maybe the reason the band was able to stay together is New Found Glory’s uncompromising dedication to their genre paired with their flexibility with modern trends; New Found Glory had [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bethany Cosentino[/lastfm] from [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Best Coast[/lastfm] sing on a track. Maybe it’s their ability to take constructive criticism; producer [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Neil Avron[/lastfm] challenged their original demos. Or maybe it’s just that they are cool dudes.
Their years of commitment to their craft is definitely the reason guitarist [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Chad Gilbert[/lastfm] can honestly say that today’s exclusive track, “I’m Not The One” is a “classic New Found Glory song.”
Check out “I’m Not The One” and come back tomorrow for another world premiere of an exclusive brand-new New Found Glory track!
[pullquote quote="It was kind of one of the reasons we wanted to go back to Neil. He's like a sixth member."]Another long-lasting “member” of the band is super-producer Neil Avron, who has producer and/or mixed on five of the band’s albums.
Gilbert says Avron is “like a sixth member.” Even his criticism has helped push the band to be more “out-of-the-box.”
“It was awesome. It was kind of one of the reasons we wanted to go back to Neil. He’s like a sixth member. He’s honest.”
“We’ll send him a song and he’ll say, ‘I like it. I don’t like it.’ He’s not afraid to give his opinion. We sent him demos for a while and he would say, ‘You know, I don’t really like this song. I like it but I don’t think it’s your best and I don’t want to record the album unless I think it’s your best work.’ So, we just kept working.”
“It’s one of those things where you sort of need a…coach to tell you how to improve yourself. You need someone out-of-the-box that’s not personally attached.”
[pullquote quote="I'm like a huge Best Coast fan...I got to meet them and I found out they were huge New Found Glory fans."]As a fan of both New Found Glory and Best Coast, I was curious to know how New Found Glory happened to ask Bethany Cosentino, the female front-woman of Best Coast on their track “Caught In The Act.” Gilbert explained that some it was just luck and a lot of it was the mutual respect both of the bands have for each other.
“I’m like a huge Best Coast fan and when they played the Troubadour, I tweeted them that I didn’t have tickets and they got me in. I got to meet them and I found out they were huge New Found Glory fans.
“Then we all became friends. We hang out in L.A. sometimes and talk crap to each other on Twitter…when it came down to record the song, we thought she’d be perfect.”
“The song ‘Caught in the Act’ is about two people. It’s about an intimate situation…That song–from day one when we wrote it–we thought it would be cool to have a female element because we wanted to try and paint that picture as much as we could– musically and in the vocals. “
[pullquote quote="Because, that's life. People make mistakes...The lyrics say it all: 'She says that I'm not the one that I should bring home tonight."]New Found Glory’s song “I’m Not The One” also has dual vocals on the track. Of course, Pundik sings the lead vocals, but Gilbert says the song is different from other New Found Glory songs because he gets to sing a big part of the chorus–much like two of his idols, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Tim Armstrong[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Lars Frederiksen[/lastfm] from [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Rancid[/lastfm].
“‘I’m Not The One’ is basically going out and doing something that you know you shouldn’t be doing–and still going through with it.”
“Because, that’s life. People make mistakes…The lyrics say it all: ‘She says that I’m not the one that I should bring home tonight.’”
“The lyrics paint a very detailed picture…It wasn’t about making a record pleading, saying ‘Oh. I’m perfect.’”
“I love this song a lot because I feel like out of all the songs on the record…this one is the most classic New Found Glory song.”
“What’s different about the record is that I sing in this song. I sing in the chorus…which stands out and I think gives the song a different vibe than normal. But lyrically, it’s just…another part of going through a break-up, a relationship, going home with somebody you probably shouldn’t be going home with.”
“We always loved Rancid and one thing that was really cool about Rancid is Lars and Tim would go back and forth on certain parts…This chorus feels like that sort of party thing…You get that bounce back-and-forth kind of vibe.”
“I’m Not The One”
Thanks @kroq for premiering our songs this weak! "Anthem for the Unwanted" out today. Two more to follow! Listen here kroq.radio.com/2011/09/20/wor…—
Chad Gilbert of NFG (@XChadballX) September 20, 2011
Want to see New Found Glory in concert? Check them out at their three Southern California dates for the Pop Punk’s Not Dead Tour.
- October 7th, House of Blues, West Hollywood
- November 17th & 18th, House of Blues, Anaheim