New Found Glory will release their long awaited new album, ‘Not Without A Fight’ on March 10th. The new album marks their first on their new label home at Epitaph Records. Guitarist Chad Gilbert said that the band actually completed recording the album before they started negotiations with Epitaph.
“We’re weren’t sure if we wanted to go back to an indie label, or stay at a major label, so we wanted to just take our time with the music,” Gilbert told Alternative Addiction in a recent interview. “We recorded the record with our good friend Mark Hoppus, and he did the record in good faith that we would get a record deal.”
Hoppus is of course a member of Blink 182, who’s been in the news a lot lately with the news of the Blink 182 reunion, as well as the his plans to release a solo record. Gilbert says that Hoppus has been a friend of New Found Glory since their days on MCA Records.
“We toured with Blink in 2000, when we released our first record on MCA,” says Gilbet. “Us and Blink were on MCA together. He kinda took us under his wing a long time ago.”
With the finished product in hand, Gilbert and the band started shopping the record to various labels. It didn’t take long for them to realize that Epitaph was a perfect match.
“Epitaph has been fans of New Found Glory for a really long time and they are all just really big fans of music so we felt that was the best place to go.”
As for the sound of the new album, Gilbert says fans can expect a bit more of a guitar driven sound than their previous release.
“Coming home, our last record wasn’t really guitar driven; there were a lot more vocal melodies. This record kinda meets in the middle, there is still a lot of vocal melodies, but there’s also a lot of guitar riffs,” explained Gilbert. “There are definitely older elements on this record, but when you hear it guitar-wise and even vocally and melody wise, there is a lot of newer stuff on this record that we’ve never done before.”