With their new album Coming Home getting them a lot of attention and a lengthy tour just getting underway, it looks like New Found Glory is showing no signs of stopping any time soon. Fortunately, I was able to stop their drummer, Cyrus Bolooki, for just long enough to hear a bit about the band's take on touring and the new album.
RC: So, how are things going?
CB: Things are going amazing, we have a new record entitled Coming Home which was just released and we are gearing up to go on tour and support it.
RC: The new record continues to depart and progress from where you guys started. What's prompting this?
CB: We always write music from us and we continue to grow as people and grow as a band. We cannot write the same record over and over so our sound is more of a progression than a departure. It's just us progressing as people and staying true to who we are and writing music that comes from us.
RC: Do you think it has more to do with you guys maturing as a band or as individuals, or is it a bit of both?
CB: Both. We definitely are getting older as people yet we always write music that comes from us. We will always be dealing with relationships and issues about love. This record is the more uplifting side of that.
RC: There are definitely some lighter love songs on there, but there are few songs that are little heavier, subject-wise, too.
CB: When it comes to New Found Glory records our guitarist Steve puts best in saying that "they are soundtracks to our lives". Our records talk about what's going on in our lives and issues that we face. This record as opposed to Catalyst is a little more uplifting as far as the outlook goes. The songs as a whole are about love and relationships. There are deeper topics which include dealing with the death of loved ones, but overall it's definitely going to be more about relationships and especially a little more about the distance between people and what it does to them because that' s a lot of what we go through in our lives.
RC: You got to spend a lot more time than usual recording this one, too, didn't you? Do you think this had a lot of effect on how it turned out?
CB: Definitely. On this record we were able to take our ideas and go farther into them and make sure that every idea was explored to its fullest potential. At the same time we took time off before we even wrote this record to relax and just sit at home and grow on that side. If you look at both sides it helped us to sit down and write the best record of our careers. It was very focused, but natural and organic at the same time. No pressure and just very good music.
RC: What do you have to say for fans of the older, faster heavier stuff, who want that NFG sound back?
CB: I think on this record that you shouldn't dismiss it right away just because of the speed being different. A lot of our older fans like our new material because the songs are just as catchy. There's always an energy New Found Glory brings to any music we play, but on top of all of that I don't think any of our older fans should ever write it off because in general we're still the same band. When you see us live you're still l going to see us and you're still going to have just as much if not more fun than you've ever had. We're still going to play all of our songs, both old and new, so there will be something for everyone.
RC: And you guys are going touring with this? What's road life like for New Found Glory?
CB: Road life is our life. That's what we do best and we're definitely going to be touring for a long time on this record. We love to go out with bands that we are friends with and try to go everywhere that we can. Road life is a lot of the same thing. You show up, setup, do interviews, and play your show. But like I said it's what we do best and the most fun part of being in a band.
RC: Does it wear on you after a while?
CB: It definitely does take its toll after a while. Sometimes it is hard to remember that you're doing something so many would love to be able to have the chance to do. All in all like I said before, touring is definitely the most fun part about being in the band and I wouldn't trade anything in the world for the chance to play on stage in front of people every day.
RC: What do you guys do/take/read etc. on the road to keep you going?
CB: Everyone has their I-Pods and with our band videogames and DVD's are a must. Random times we'll find whatever we can in the city to keep us busy. There are malls, going to a movie theater or museum, and even touristy stuff. There's a lot of downtime on the road but you have to take advantage of the fact that you're in a different city each day.
RC: And what are you listening to right now?
CB: Right now it's a nice mix of music- I really love the new Cartel CD. I also am into Lamb of God as well as the new Rise Against record.