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New Found Glory (NFG) is a pop punk and alternative rock group formed in 1997. They came from Coral Springs, Florida and have recently moved to California.

New Found Glory formed in the middle of 1997 with Jordan Pundik on vocals, Chad Gilbert (formerly of hardcore band Shai Hulud) and Steve Klein on guitars, Ian Grushka on bass and Joe Moreno on drums (he was replaced by Cyrus Bolooki after their debut release). Originally, the band's name was "A New Found Glory." Chad Gilbert told MTV News "For us, punk rock and even hardcore music was something we did because we didn't fit in in high school. We had nowhere to go, so we went to shows."

The band recorded their first EP called It's All About The Girls under Fiddler Records in June 1997. The band's enthuasistic live performances soon resulted in them selling out the entire pressing of this EP. Over time, the strength of the live show helped build a strong following. Their first album Nothing Gold Can Stay was released by Eulogy Recordings. Stefanie Reines of Drive-Thru Records heard the album from the band Midtown and later re-released the album in 1999. They soon recorded an EP entitled From The Screen To Your Stereo, consisting of movie themes covered in a similar manner to Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. As a result of their growing popularity and a distribution deal Drive-Thru had with MCA, which allowed MCA to take away any of Drive-Thru's bands, the band was signed to MCA.

Their first release recorded with MCA was their self-titled album, which was released late in 2000 and which was the first to make an impression on the charts reaching number 107 on the Billboard 200 album charts and number one on the Heatseeker chart (the album's hit single "Hit or Miss" reached number 15 on the US modern rock chart). From the Screen to the Stereo would make the top 40 of the Heatseeker charts in 2002.

The band's profile would grow in 2001 with a support slot to a blink-182 tour and a slot on the Warped Tour. The band recorded the Sticks and Stones album in late 2001 for release in the middle of 2002. Sticks and Stones would prove to be their breakthrough record debuting at number 4 on the Billboard album charts selling 91,000 albums in the first week of sales and also reaching the top ten of the UK album charts. The album would spawn two singles:

"My Friends Over You" reached number 85 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2002, number 11 in Canada, number 5 on the US modern rock chart and number 2 on a download chart. "Head on Collision" went top 30 on both the Canadian singles charts and the US modern rock chart. New Found Glory headlined the 2002 Warped Tour, and headlined again in 2004.

New Found Glory released Catalyst in May 2004 and it debuted at number 3 of the Billboard album chart in late May selling 146,000 albums in its first week of release. The album would also debut in the top 40 of the UK and Australian album charts. The first single "All Downhill From Here" would go top 20 on both US and a composite world modern rock chart (based on the US, UK, Canada, Sweden, Finland and Australian charts) as at the end of May 2004.

James Dewees of The Get Up Kids and Reggie and the Full Effect, who had previously provided keyboards for the song "Failure's Not Flattering" on Catalyst, officially joined the band in March 2005.

Chad Gilbert would also form a hardcore band called Hazen Street with Freddie Cricien of Madball, Toby Morse of H2O, David Kennedy of Boxcar Racer, Hoya of Madball and Mackie Jayson formerly of Bad Brains. However, due to an exclusivity clause in New Found Glory's contract with Universal Music, Gilbert will not be allowed to join Hazen Street full-time.

Current members: Jordan Pundik - Vocals Chad Gilbert - Lead Guitar Steve Klein - Second Guitar Ian Grushka - Bass Cyrus Bolooki - Drums James Dewees - Keyboards


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