Indy: I think you can look at the artwork of the last two New Found Glory CDs and assume a lot about the music on them. The previous CD, Coming Home, shows you guys dressed up and looking serious and introspective, which fits with the less frenetic sound of the album. Your new release, Not Without a Fight, has pictures of the band jumping around on stage. It suggests a return to your earlier, rowdier sound. Does the artwork imitate the music on the two albums?
CG: Yes, this [new] album has the more energetic feel of our older albums. But at the same time, it doesn't sound like the same old songs. I feel musically, guitar-wise, even melody-wise, it's a step forward, and I feel like we're growing as a band.
Indy: So how does Not Without a Fight represent musical growth for the band?
CG: Some of the songs on the record, honestly to me, are above any [genre]. Obviously there are songs on the record like "47," "I'll Never Love Again" and "Truck Stop Blues," those songs are more [like] New Found Glory classics, even "Listen to Your Friends." Like, upbeat and faster. But then there are the other songs that are more like modern rock songs. So I do think there are some songs that do go to new ground for New Found Glory.
Indy: How do you look back on the Coming Home disc?
CG: We didn't want to turn our backs on our fans, so we kept the fun kind of melodies. But we wanted to write a different-sounding record, a record that revolved around Jordan [Pundik]'s vocals. As opposed to Jordan singing to our guitar riffs, we wrote to the vocal melodies. We wanted to write more of a classic sounding record. And we did that.
At the Gothic Theatre in Denver, April 4.