Anyone can do something for twenty years. But being good at something after twenty years? That’s a whole different story; that’s New Found Glory territory. For most of our lives, New Found Glory and their party-hardy ways have been a stable, nay, a pillar of our musical adventure. This August, it will be Australia’s turn to party about it with the band.

As they have been doing for most of the year, the band will be performing, in full, their four five albums – New Found Glory (2000), Sticks and Stones (2002), Catalyst (2004), Coming Home (2006) and Not Without A Fight (2009). Already, Melbourne as a city has exhausted its allocation, with Sydney close behind and everyone else close behind that. Clearly, New Found Glory hasn’t lost any of it’s glorious shine.

Testament to this is their brand new record Makes Me Sick, which even all these years later, fits nicely in and amongst its younger siblings.

We spoke with vocalist Jordan Pundik,

 

 
The Neversphere: You’ve been touring goddamn hard to celebrate the twenty-year milestone, it’s finally our turn! You must be pretty buzzed to bring the party Down Under…
 
Jordan: Yeah, I mean just based off what happened when we did our 9-week US tour, it was insane. It’s crazy to me, how we’ve been a band for this long…
 
The Neversphere: There was so much love for the shows, right now there’s three Sold Out nights in Melbourne, one in Sydney and all other tickets are hot property. Does that ever get old, even after two decades of it?
 
Jordan: I’m only speaking for myself, but for me it’s still a crazy surprise. Just because bands that have been around as long as we have, at this point a lot of them have either broken up, or people have lost interested. For us, it’s almost like every time we put our new record, it feels like we’re this new, revived band. It’s really bizarre. The crazy thing for me is, we go meet and greets every day, people will come up to the signings like ‘Man I’ve been listening to you for so long, and this is my younger brother, he just got into you…’ For me that’s what it’s all about; passing it down and it just keeps us going.

With the interactions your having with fans before and after the shows, have you realised anything about the albums you’re performing that you weren’t aware of in terms of fan favourites?
 
Jordan: Yeah [Laughs] I was definitely surprised by some of the nights we played the Coming Home record. That record, and playing Not Without A Fight,. To me, Coming Home is my favourite record we’ve ever done – Besides our new one, obviously – but playing some of those later songs we’ve never played, and people are so pumped on it, signing crazy…that to me was really cool to see.
 

 
The Neversphere: A lot of these songs have been stable tunes for your shows throughout the years, but under the banner of the 20-year anniversary, does the nostalgia add a new meaning to the songs for you?
 
Jordan: Definitely. During the shows, I don’t really place the song with the moment we wrote the song. It’s more how it feels. I don’t know the best way to explain it. It’s almost like when we play those songs, it’s like we’re in that year playing them. Does that make sense? How the interaction is with the crowd, how it sounds on stage…the energy at the time we’re playing it…When we play Catalyst, it feels like I’m on stage in 2004, whenever that record came out.

Or when we’re playing Coming Home, it feels like we’re in 2009, or whatever. I’m always fucking up the dates, but you know what I’m saying.
 
The Neversphere No, dude you totally got those dates right. I see you came into this interview prepared!
 
Jordan: Oh no way, I did? That’s awesome because I can’t even remember my own age. I have to ask my wife all the time…

…So yeah. I noticed that on the last tour. I’d come off stage and just be drenched in sweat. At lot of the shows we played, we did two, three, sometimes four shows a night, or a bunch of shows in the same region. For example, in New Jersey we played four shows, in Boston we played three…It would feel like it we were back in 2005 again.

I get back into 2017 mode when I look at my phone and it’s like ‘New notifications on Instagram’
 

 
The Neversphere: Now that you’ve had the perspective of being in New Found Glory in the beginning, and New Found Glory after two decades, are you finding it’s easy to write as New Found Glory? Or is it getting harder?
 
Jordan: I think it’s a little easier now in the sense where we know how to write songs together; how it starts, ends and everything in between. In the early days, we were still proving ourselves in it all. We knew the things we liked, but at the same time we were still figuring it out. Now, we’ve definitely been able to figure it out.

I remember specifically on this record, we were doing a song called Sound Of Two Voices. We went to go see a show in Nashville and driving back home, Paul Simon came on the radio. I was like ‘Man, it would be awesome to write a song like that.’ Chad [Gilbert, Guitar] was like ‘Let’s do it, who cares? We can do whatever we want.’ If people like it, that’s great, if they don’t at least we’re doing what we want to do. That’s the biggest thing. Now, 20 years later, we’re doing everything for us. It’s awesome that people picking that and still enjoying what we put out.

It is weird being in a band this long, and doing songs from 20 years ago, but knowing what we’re capable of now. And all the things we’ve been through, where influence for music and lyrics come from now…
 
The Neversphere: If Jordan from 20 years ago was reading this, he’s just about to start a band with his friends for the first time, what heads up would you want to give him?
 
Jordan: I’d probably say to not take everything so seriously when we first started out. I took everything very seriously. I would go on Revelation records website and read the comments on our EP. When Absolute Punk came out I’d read comments about anything New Found Glory and some of it would really get to me. A lot of times people don’t understand what you go through to be in a band, and to write what you write. A lot goes into it and there’s a lot of sacrifice too.
 

 
Nowadays, I’m just like fuck it; we’ve been a band for 20 years, obviously, we’re still going something write. People are still coming to our shows and buying our records. So, I stopped reading comments, and going on message boards. I also have other things in my life right now that are way more important – this was before I had a wife and kids, while I was growing up in a band.
 
The Neversphere: After this tour, do you plan on coming back down soon after with the new album?
 
Jordan: It’s a weird year. It’s the 20-year anniversary but we also have the new record. We are playing one or two new shows and pushing the record but it’s all about the last twenty years. Once this year’s done, we’ll take a bit of time off for the holidays, then probably do a full US tour. Then whatever else comes our way…

…We’ll just keep doing what we do.
 
 

New Found Glory ’20 Years Of Pop Punk’ Australian Tour 2017

Tuesday, August 8
Metropolis, Fremantle (18+)
Sticks and Stones / Catalyst
Tickets: Live Nation

Wednesday, August 9
The Gov, Adelaide (All Ages)
Sticks and Stones / Catalyst
Tickets: Live Nation

Thursday, August 10 – SOLD OUT 
The Metro Theatre, Sydney (All Ages)
Sticks and Stones / Self-Titled
Tickets: Live Nation

Friday, August 11
The Metro Theatre, Sydney (All Ages)
Catalyst / Not Without a Fight
Tickets: Live Nation

Saturday, August 12
Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane (All Ages)
Sticks and Stones / Catalyst
Tickets: Live Nation

Monday, August 14 – SOLD OUT 
Corner Hotel, Melbourne (18+)
Sticks and Stones / Coming Home
Tickets: Live Nation

Tuesday, August 15 – SOLD OUT 
Corner Hotel, Melbourne (18+)
Catalyst / Not Without A Fight
Tickets: Live Nation

Wednesday, August 16 – SOLD OUT 
Corner Hotel, Melbourne (18+)
Self-Titled / Nothing Gold Can Stay Gold
Tickets: Live Nation