New Found Glory has always been about the same thing -honesty, community, and positivity. After 20+ years of being a band, ten studio albums, one live album, two EPs, and four cover albums, New Found Glory’s ethos has never wavered; they always strive to be the friend you always need and always understands you. With their tenth studio album, Forever + Ever x Infinity, the band has put together the quintessential NFG record, supremely catchy with sing-along anthems, trademark breakdowns, and sweetly poignant lyrics. “This is the record our fans have been waiting for us to make,” guitarist Chad Gilbert shares, “The old now feels new and fresh. It was a blast finding ourselves again.”
Combining punk, hardcore, and post-hardcore with emotional lyrics and melody is nothing new for the band that epitomizes heartfelt optimism with DIY work-ethic and spirit. But never has this been more evident than this 15-song barn burner of a record. Set at a blistering pace, songs like “Shook By Your Shaved Head” and “Nothing To Say” rip the listener out of their monotonous day-to-day and drain away all the pressure and self-doubt that manifests inside. When singer, Jordan Pundik, sings, “You’ve gotta take your life back. You’ve got so much more to give. That’s what I say to myself when I feel like giving into the shame I feel. Won’t let it keep me standing still,” you can’t help jumping up, throwing a fist in the air, and singing the words out at the top of your lungs. This is what New Found Glory has always been about -inspiring people to not be afraid of the odds, lift each other up, and get up again.
For what is the most revealing and unnerving than love? After all, Forever + Ever x Infinity represents how long you want your love to last. Songs like “Greatest Of All Time” and “Stay Awhile” dive beyond the surface and into the depths of love, rolling through ups and downs, and riding through the fear to keep going through failure. Lines like “I think we are what we’ve been waiting for,” and “We can love, we can fail, it never goes out of style,” tug at the heartstrings of anyone that has struggled, worked, and made it out the other side. But nothing can prepare you for the joy and exuberance of coming full circle with, “You like my sense of humor and I like the way you smile...Why don’t you stay awhile...or maybe for a lifetime.” It hits hard because you know this to be true, New Found Glory has always been about this; life will be difficult, but these difficulties make us into stronger, bolder people, and celebrating the triumphs in life make it all worth it.
With Forever + Ever x Infinity, the band created an album that is 100% New Found Glory, a brand and mantra 20+ years in the making, riffs and sing-a-longs to last a lifetime.
New Found Glory is Jordan Pundik (lead vocals), Chad Gilbert (guitar), Ian Grushka (bass guitar) and Cyrus Bolooki (drums).
Simple Plan, the multi-platinum, Montreal-based band boasts worldwide sales topping 10 million. Accolades include a 2005 Teen Choice Award, 2006 JUNO Fan Choice Award, 2012 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award, 2012 Yahoo! Canadian Impact Award, 2012 NRJ award and the 2013 Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award.
Also, They have played at some of the music industry's most prestigious events like the 2010 Winter Olympics closing ceremony, the 2004 Live 8 benefit concert, the MTV Music Awards as well as multiple TV appearances on shows like The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the 2008 NHL All-Star Game and 2015 NHL Winter Classic game where they sang the Canadian National Anthem and the Macy's Day Thanksgiving Parade, among others. Last year the band performed throughout the USA as one of the headliners for the final Warped Tour and were featured at the two monumental Warped finale events in Atlantic City and San Francisco this summer.
The band continues their philanthropic initiatives and $1 of every ticket sold on this tour will go to the Simple Plan Foundation. Together with State Champs, the band has decided that all the money raised on this tour will be donated to help children affected by the ICE immigration raids in the USA.
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