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In December 1999 New Found Glory took a two-week respite from the road and recorded From the Screen to Your Stereo, a seven-song EP of rip-roaring renditions of movie themes. This rest would be the band's last for quite some time; in 2000 the group logged nine months on the road, at one point going for six months straight. "It's all we do," a beleaguered Grushka grimaces. "We wake up, eat, drive to the next show, eat, play, sleep, and repeat the process the next day. We become punk-rock robots." To alleviate the grind of life on the road, New Found Glory and its tour mates play elaborate practical jokes on one another. "We covered Saves the Day's van with meat one night," Grushka grimaces. "The next day they dumped pounds and pounds of foot powder on us when we were on-stage. When we jumped it looked like it was snowing. To this day I still have foot powder on my amp."

In June 2000 New Found Glory took six weeks off from the road and went into the studio with Everclear producer Neal Avron. Steve Klein's relationship woes once again were on display, but this time they were backed by a seasoned band whose chops had been honed razor-sharp by a year of touring. Gilbert's songwriting talent, already obvious to all who heard Nothing Gold Can Stay, took a quantum leap forward and delivered 12 songs that contain no filler whatsoever. Breakneck tempos, powerhouse choruses, and the most interesting bridges this side of San Francisco make it nearly impossible to listen without singing and dancing like an idiot. Especially infectious is the second coming of "Hit or Miss." "It's my favorite song of ours," Gilbert offers. "We recorded the last record so cheap, I wanted to give "Hit or Miss' a chance with a real budget." MCA was more than willing, giving the green light for a new "Hit or Miss" video starring Mormon Julie from MTV's Real World New Orleans. For the video's performance scene, New Found Glory sent an open invitation to the taping via their Website. More than 1000 kids showed up to the 150-capacity warehouse where the filming was held, causing the Los Angeles County fire marshal to shut down the set.

But even the fire marshal couldn't douse the flames once New Found Glory was released in September. At press time the record has sold 81,451 copies at a clip of 6000 units per week. Firmly fixed within the demographics of their fan base, these photogenic punks are growing with their record sales. On February 27 Bolooki celebrated his 21st birthday at a gig in Denver. Headliners Less Than Jake made the occasion memorable by setting up a bar on-stage, complete with a personal bartender for Bolooki. New Found Glory will play the first two-week leg of the Vans Warped Tour -- a sign of commercial coming of age -- then hop off to do six weeks of arenas and outdoor sheds with fellow pop-punksters Blink 182. In the fall New Found Glory will embark on a headlining tour of its own, conquering whatever is left in its path to rock stardom. Chances are Pundik will marry Britney Spears, Gilbert will become engaged to Mormon Julie, Klein will get sued for palimony, and Grushka and Bolooki will shack up with the Bush twins. Carson Daly will officiate at the Spears-Pundik wedding, and they'll honeymoon at the Las Vegas resort Circus Circus. Roll over, 'NSync, and tell the Backstreet Boys the news.

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