New Found Glory Interview

On Saturday, January 29th I interviewed the singer and guitarists for A New Found Glory. For those that haven’t heard of them, they are a very energetic poppunk band on Drive-Thru Records. Their latest full-length “Nothing Gold Can Stay” is unbelievable. They are putting out a cover cd on March 28th. There is more info on that in the interview.

So who all is here?
I’m Chad and I play the bongos, the guitar. I’m Jordan, I sing. I’m Steve and I play guitar.

How long have you guys been together?
Chad : We’ve been together for about

Steve : 2 years

Jordan : 6 months

Chad : We’ve been together for like two years, two and a half years. We’ve been playing locally for like 2 years and just about a year ago we started touring, we got a van and started touring all around the US and stuff.

How did you guys meet?
Jordan : I knew Steve in high school.

Chad : Steve was a nerd in high school and really didn’t have any friends.

Jordan : Yea

Chad : And Jordan had a good voice and was starting a band and he felt really bad for Steve because Steve was the guy that was in the corner by himself and everybody always threw food at him at lunch.

Jordan : And he ate all the food that everyone threw at him.

Chad : So Jordan went up to him and was like “hey you wanna start a band” and everything and they got Steve and then Jordan found the bass player Ian, he was homeless. And then they got me. No ok, everyone knew each other. Jordan and Steve went to high school and they knew Ian just from being in bands and stuff like that and just we all got together and started playing. That’s really it. Besides the fact that Steve was a nerd in high school.

How did you guys get on Drive-Thru?
Jordan : We are friends with this band Midtown.

Steve : They basically played the cd for Richard and Stephanie (owners of drive-thru) and they liked it a lot. And so we kinda thank them for doing that.

How do you feel about the success of “Nothing Gold Can Stay”?
Jordan : It is kinda overwhelming… it’s like weird.

Steve : I wouldn’t really call it a success yet, we are just touring and bustin our asses off touring and stuff like that. It’ll be a success when we can actually like be able to support ourselves on the road.

What’s going on with your cover cd?
Jordan : It’s coming out March 28th. We just finished setting up the layout and stuff like that. And we just finished recording it.

How many songs are on it?
Steve : 7 songs, do you want me to name them?

Me : Sure.

Steve : Ok we have “That Thing You Do”, The theme from Never ending story, Armageddon… the Aerosmith song, we did a Goonies song and this Cindi Lauper song. We did a Robin Hood song by Bryan Adams, a song from Karate Kid part 2 and Titanic by Celine Dion. It was a really fun thing to do because our cd came out a while ago and we wanted to have something to hold kids over until the next full-length comes out.

What inspires your music most?
Guy from Piebald (band) : What inspires our music most probably is all the other bands that sound exactly like us.

Jordan : Dude that’s messed up.

Steve : I guess really what inspires us the most is like to play music. It inspires to play music. We have all been really into music since we were little and we always wanted to play bands. We always idolized all the bands we listened to when we were younger and we wanted to do our own original thing and play in our own band and see how it feels to play in front of kids and stuff like that. It’s a lot of fun.

What did you guys listen to growing up?
Jordan : Green Day.

Steve : Yea, a lot of Green Day. A lot of 80’s stuff and oldies.

How old are you guys now?
Jordan : 20

Chad : 20

Who do you listen to now?
Steve : I listen to everything, there’s not really a restriction as to what I listen to.

Jordan : I listen to a lot of stuff, Britney Spears, Dragbottom, Piebald.

Steve : We listen to anywhere from boy bands to like hardcore and metal stuff to. Punk rock, punk whatever ya know, everything.

Jordan : We don’t really have any restrictions on what we listen to. I think Dr. Dre is really cool too.

Do you feel that coming from Florida makes it tougher to make a name for yourself as opposed to a state like California?
Steve : Yes, definitely. Because like we live practically 9 hours from any other state because we live in South Florida so its harder for us to go away on weekend tours and just play certain places. Other bands, either in California or like on the east coast like New Jersey they are in the heart of the country where they can just play any other state like on a weekend and it is hard for us to get out of here because it is soo far away.

Is there a show or moment in your band history that totally sticks out in your mind?
Steve : When we played with Mxpx is was kind of a highlight, that has been our favorite band for a long time. Just playing a couple shows with those guys was a really really good experience to play with a band that we really love a lot.

What would be your ideal show? What city, what bands on the bill, etc.
Jordan : Our ideal show would probably be in New Jersey. The kids there are soo cool and our friends Midtown are there. Our ideal show would be with Midtown, Saves The Day… Green Day. That is like our dream, that’s our goal to play with Green Day. That is every single member of the band’s favorite band since we were little. If we could play any show, I don’t care where, with Green Day that’d be amazing.

Where do you see yourself in 3 years as a band?
Steve : Hopefully still playing music ya know? Well actually try and make a career out of what we are doing right now because we love it soo much. So hopefully in 3 years from now it will be the same as what we are doing now. Still having fun, still writing music, still putting out records for kids.

What do your parents think of all this?
Jordan : Our parents are real supportive of the whole thing. The night before last my family came to the show and my dad was wearing A New Found Glory sweater and a hat with a pin on it and he looked like a real dork but it was soo cool because he came out. All our parents support us a lot. We all quit school to be the band. It took them a while but they started understanding that this is what we want to do for the rest of our lives. This is our roadie Steve Wooker, he has been on the road with us for a while now. He’s Irish and he lives in Gainesville. He poops in his pants all the time.

Roadie : Yea I was just about to add that in. Jordan why don’t you tell everybody how like at least 3 times a tour you ask everyone else to borrow their boxers because you shit yourself on stage. He gets so nervous, he gets nervous diarrhea and he shits himself.

Steve : He has asked to borrow my boxers like 3 times.

Me : Do you want to confirm this?

Jordan : That has never happened, ever.

Roadie & Steve : He’s lying!

Jordan : I am not lying!!!

Roadie : Jordan has a problem. He has like a loose colon.

Jordan : Yea dude, it’s cool.

Do you guys have a job outside of the band?

All : No.

Steve : Work sucks.

Jordan : When we are home we just spend time with our girlfriends, we are never home. My girlfriend is here right now, her name is Mandy.

What happened in the Winter of 95?
Jordan : I dunno.

Steve : You wrote that song, you should know.

Jordan : It should be actually Winter of 97 because that is when I met my girlfriend.

Me : The joke’s on her.

[laughter]

What is your favorite song that you guys have written?
Jordan : My favorite one would probably be 3rd and Long.

Do you guys have a favorite movie?
Steve : My favorite movie, probably of all time is “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” I dunno I have a lot of favorite movies, that is the one that stands out the most probably.

What is your favorite cereal?
Jordan : I like Lucky Charms… a lot. One time I had this huge bowl of Lucky Charms.

Steve : I like Fruity Pebbles.

Jordan : Fruity Pebbles are good because when you are done and you drink the milk from the bowl it tastes like candy.

What do you think of Britney Spears?
All : We love Britney Spears.

Steve : I have her sticker on my amp.

Jordan : Our bassist is like in love with her. He was this promo picture of her standing next to a kid and he put his, like he cut out a picture of himself and put his face on the guy. We love basically all the boy bands like Christina Agulera, Backstreet Boys, and all them.

Roadie : I think she is just another mediocre, teen pop frenzy. It wont last long. I think she is pretty and she does sing good but it is a trend that wont last. Like Jordan pooping his pants. That wont last much longer because he is going to the doctor and taking medicine.


Interview by :
Josh Stern   punkrock@acornweb.com