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New Found Glory Mixes Past, Present

of the Oakland Press

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New Found Glory is juggling its present and its past these days.

The Florida modern rock quintet is still promoting its latest album, 2009’s “Not Without a Fight.” But it also just released a 10th anniversary edition of its “New Found Glory” album, with seven bonus tracks and a DVD featuring the 2002 documentary “The Story So Far.”

“I think that’s good,” says bassist Ian Grushka. “I still like we’re the same five guys we were, even before we did that (‘New Found Glory’) record. Obviously, with your music, you’re gonna change. You want to progress as a band. You don’t want to constantly record the same record over and over again.

“I think we’ve definitely grown as a band, but I still feel like we’re the same band, and we’re still proud of all the music we’ve done.”

But Grushka, New Found Glory’s elder statesman at 32 — and with two young children — says the group is even more enthused these days after leaving a major label deal and recording “Not Without a Fight” on its own, with blink-182’s Mark Hoppus producing. It went on to sign with the independent Epitaph Records label. The album debuted at No. 12 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums chart, but, more importantly, it gave the group a new sense of control over its career that Grushka says it’s unlikely to give up again.

“It feels like the rebirth of our band, really,” the bassist says. “We feel like we have the freedom to do things our way now. We have the president of the label (Brett Gurewitz of Bad Religion); he’s in a band and runs the label, so you know he understands what it’s like to be in a band. And we don’t have to worry about the president getting fired in the middle of your record cycle and new people not paying attention to our record, which happened to us three records in a row before.

“We’re in a good place now. We can just focus on the band and the music. It’s pretty exciting.”

New Found Glory, Saves the Day, hellogoodbye and Fireworks perform Thursday (March 4) at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $23 day of show. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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