New Found Glory is a rarity in contemporary music; a band that attains iconic status without succumbing to compromise or internal fracturing.
The Florida quintet coalesced in 1997 when vocalist Jordan Pundik and guitarist Stephen Klein, high school pals at the time, paired up to write songs, with bassist Ian Grushka, drummer Joe Marino and guitarist Chad Gilbert fleshing out the lineup shortly thereafter. Marino provided the beat for NFG's debut EP, the apartment-recorded It's All About the Girls, and was replaced by Cyrus Bolooki, solidifying a lineup that has remained constant for the past decade and a half.
After signing with Bridge Nine/Epitaph, NFG released 2009's Not Without a Fight and 2011's Radiosurgery, the catchiest and most infectiously fun set in their catalog.
New Found Glory plays Thursday, May 23 at Thompson House in Newport with Cartel and Living with Lions. thompsonhousenewport.com.