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New Found Glory says pop punk is not dead

for Journal Register Newspapers

Posted: Wednesday, November 2, 2011

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Inside New Found Glory’s latest album, “Radiosurgery,” is a message: Pop Punk’s Not Dead. It’s also the name of the Florida group’s latest tour, and frontman Jordan Pundik says it’s become something of a campaign for his band.

“We’ve been putting that on everything,” says Pundik, 32. “It was popular for a long time. Every day on (MTV’s) ‘TRL’ there was a blink-182 video and then there was a Yellowcard video and then there was a New Found Glory video. And then it kind of went away for a little bit, so everyone was like, ‘Oh, no one cares about punk rock’ and this and that because it wasn’t in the public eye every five seconds.

“But I really feel like it never went anywhere. No matter if we had a video on MTV or not, we were still doing what we do and still touring and selling out shows. And the bands that have been in this genre have been going strong, so it never really went anywhere.”

“Radiosurgery” is also intended as a bit of an homage to NFG’s pop punk roots, nodding to groups such as the Ramones, the Descendents and Green Day across its 11 songs. Pundik says returning to that stylistic place was hardly a stretch for the quintet.

“We wanted to bridge the two styles — our style as New Found Glory but also take the old bands ... and mix it in with ours,” Pundik explains. “People say, ‘Oh, what about maturing?’ and this and that, and I feel like a lot of people think that when you mature you slow down. But I feel like maturing is kind of mastering what you do and trying to do it the best you can, y’know?”

New Found Glory, Set Your Goals, the Wonder Years, Man Overboard and This Time Next Year perform Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 321 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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