In 2002 New Found Glory were an up-and-coming band whose second album, New Found Glory, topped the Billboard Heatseekers chart and spawned a hit single in “Hit or Miss.” That promise came to fruition with the release of their third album, Sticks and Stones. It hit number four on the top 200, featured the hits “My Friends Over You” and “Head on Collision” and brought the group a headlining spot on the 2002 Warped Tour.
The band will commemorate the tenth anniversary of that album with a tour late this year or early next year. “We’ll play the record in full and then some. And that’ll be a smaller club tour, make it special,” drummer Cyrus Bolooki tells Rolling Stone.
For Bolooki, revisiting the album takes him back in time. “We can transport ourselves right back to the studio and to what it was like to be recording those records and just to be in the band at that time,” he says. “It was so exciting – everything was happening for the first time. We had just moved out to California.”
Frontman Jordan Pundik is also excited about those decade-old songs and bringing them to audiences, in some cases for the first time. “Listening to the deeper cuts on the album that we’ve never played live, ones I’ve forgotten about, I’m like, ‘That’s actually a good song. How come we never played that one?'”
Fittingly, New Found Glory are again on the Warped Tour in 2012, this year as eight-time veterans of the annual summer punk and alternative festival. They’ve been receiving the heroes’ welcome that comes with that longevity and 15 years in the game overall. “A lot of people want to see us,” Bolooki says.
They’ve also gotten props from fellow musicians, including ones they would’ve never thought of as New Found Glory fans, from Miss May I to Falling in Reverse. There was one band that surprised Pundik in particular.
“Bethany [Consentino], from Best Coast, grew up listening to us, went to our shows,” he says. “I went to their show in San Diego a while back and I was like, ‘It’s funny how you guys like us.’ And she was like, ‘Oh, you’d be surprised how many people here love New Found Glory.'”