Interview // New Found Glory

Hello, Hello, Hello!

It’s been a quick minute since we last posted anything new but the great news is, we’re finally out of our hiatus!! Woo hoo! What better way to come out of a hiatus than to have an interview with one of my all time favourite drummers from a band that helped create the soundtrack to my teens.

If you were born in the late 80s / early 90s then you will know that New Found Glory is one of the greatest pop-punk bands to ever exist. Their catchy but meaningful lyrics suit every mood and if you haven’t listened to them before, where the hell have you been?

Since I won’t make it along to Slam Dunk Festival, I’m super happy that I still got to get this interview (Thanks, Anna!), as a drummer myself, I have looked up to Cyrus Bolooki for around 20 years now so here’s a quick interview with the man himself. Thanks again, Cyrus!

1. New Found Glory have just released From The Screen To Your Stereo 3 on May 3rd, are there any songs you thought of that did not make the cut?

We’re constantly thinking of songs from movies that we could cover, and yes, sadly some songs just don’t seem like they’d translate well. Perfect example is “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion)” from the movie St. Elmo’s Fire. Ian (our bass player) really wanted us to cover that song, but when we were starting to think about this 3rd edition of From The Screen To Your Stereo and the other songs that we were going to include, we felt like that song just wouldn’t fit with the others we were picking to be on the album. There were also loads of great songs from Disney films that we considered but ended up not pursuing for similar reasons. I mean the songs in Moana are pretty catchy, aren’t they?

2. The last UK shows involved the sets being made up of playing albums from start to finish, what can fans attending Slam Dunk expect? Will the band ever play ‘Let It Go’ and push Jordan to hit that high note again?

Great question! We’ve just finished creating our set for the festival, and I can’t wait to get out there and perform it! Although we won’t be playing any full albums this time, you can be sure you’ll hear songs spanning practically our entire catalog, including some new covers. It’s going to be high-energy from the start, and I guarantee we won’t disappoint! As far as hearing “Let It Go” live, we have actually already performed that song at a performance just last week, so never say never…

3. I have grown up with New Found Glory, I’m 30 now and I can listen to songs that can still put me right back to certain points throughout my teens. I’ve grown up and obviously you all have too, is it difficult at all to keep the NFG sound and relate to the teens listening while maturing?

I think we have an advantage where since we’ve been doing this for so long, we don’t really have to consciously think about whether our music will relate or not. The NFG sound is something that is inherently in us, and as long as we enjoy and have fun with our songs while writing and performing them, so do others. Plus, we write about concepts that we view as pretty universal – relationships, the struggles of keeping them and losing them, and how they can affect your life. These are things that no matter how young or old you are it’s pretty safe to say that you have or will experience similar situations and something we sing about will be relatable to your own life.

4. NFG have played Slam dunk before, what is your favourite thing about the festival and who do you recommend people should check out?

I think anyone that has played (or even attended) a Slam Dunk will say the same thing – the lineup is absolutely smashing, year in and year out. I have no clue how the organizers are able to assemble so many amazing bands, and this year is no exception! I’m finding it hard myself to figure out who to see. There are not only great bands but also a lot of touring friends, so practically everywhere I turn there will be someone that I know, like a huge family reunion, you know? I think with such a massive lineup, everyone should make it a point to find a new up-and-coming band to discover, or go see that band you haven’t seen in years…just do something different at this year’s festival, so you’ll go home with memories that won’t soon be forgotten!

5. You have been a band for over 20 years, what do you think has been the thing that has kept you’ll going for so long? It’s rare to see bands reach such an achievement.

Thank you for the kind words. Honestly, I think a lot has to do with the fact that we’ve all been doing this for over 20 years. Since we all were there in the beginning and still here now, we can always reflect back on our journey and how far we’ve come, and that’s an easy way to ensure that no little issue gets in the way of the big picture, the fact that we were able to start a band in our parents’ garage and now, 20 years later, be playing some of the biggest stages in countries all over the world!

6. It’s going to be a quick visit to the UK think time round and then you’re headed back to the US to tour, can you tell us more about that for our international readers?

Definitely! We super excited to be heading out on tour in US with Real Friends, The Early November, and Doll Skin. We have some cool surprises in store for fans, and just like our Slam Dunk set, this set will be full of songs from all over our catalog and include some songs that people rarely hear us play. Excited to go out and play a few of these new cover songs for people as well!

7. What are New Found Glory’s plans for the rest of the year? Can we expect another visit to the UK?

We’re already planning more shows, and surprisingly also already thinking about recording a new album, so that’s in the works for the rest of the year. As for the UK, you never know when we’ll make a visit, so keep your eyes open and ears to the ground for news of us returning, hopefully again this year!

8. To finish up, is there anything you’d like to say to those reading?

To have the support of so many people for over 20 years is just amazing, and the UK will always hold a special place in our hearts. This was the first place where I think we realized that we were popular…arriving at the train station in Leeds back in 2000 to find fans waiting for us was something we will never forget. And, we’ve had some of our most memorable shows to date in the UK, including some of these Slam Dunk appearances. Can’t wait for this year’s festival, and I hope that everyone out there gets to see us and has a great time at Slam Dunk Festival 2019!

Thanks again, Cyrus!

Thank you!

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