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New Found Glory Keeps Busy Between Albums

Of the Oakland Press

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It’s technically been three years between albums for Florida punk rockers New Found Glory, with the new “Not Without A Fight” following 2006’s “Coming Home.” But it’s not like the quintet has been lazy during the interim.

NFG released a set of movie song covers, “From the Screen to Your Stereo Part II” in 2007, as well as a six-track EP, “Tip of the Iceberg,” in 2008 along with some new recordings by the side project International Superheroes of Hardcore and additional cover songs for the “Punk Goes Crunk” and “Punk Goes Metal” compilation. NFG’s last record label also released a “Hits” compilation with two previously unreleased songs.

But guitarist Chad Gilbert said NFG had its eye on “Not Without a Fight” the whole time.

“I can’t really control when I write songs; they just come out,” explains Gilbert, 28. “The past few years, we knew we were doing these other projects, so that bought us some time and took a little pressure off.

“But we knew there was going to be a time where we’d have a (new album) ready and we were gonna come out swinging. It worked out.”

Many of the songs on “Not Without a Fight,” which was produced by blink-182’s Mark Hoppus, deal with loss and separation — understandable given NFG’s split from both record company and manager between albums and the fact that Gilbert and singer Jordan Pundik both went through divorces.

“That made a big impact, I think more lyrically and for the energy of the songs,” Gilbert acknowledges. “ ‘Coming Home’ was more a record of, like, love songs, relationship songs and things like that, and more positive.

“And I think this record, because of my breakup and Jordan’s ... you just learn a lot. You learn from your mistakes, and that’s what I think these songs are about. It’s about having self-confidence and getting through your personal things and ... being able to see everything for what it is instead of being, ‘I’m so sad’ and ‘Oh this sucks.’ They’re more songs like, ‘I went through this, but now I’m better for it, and now I’m gonna conquer the world.’ ”

New Found Glory, Bayside, Set Your Goals and Shai Hulud perform at 7 p.m. Sunday (April 26) at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Tickets are $17.50 in advance, $20 at the door. Call (248) 399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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