Make The Most Of It due Jan 20th
Pop punk legends New Found Glory have announced their new acoustic album, Make The Most Of It, out January 20th via Revelation Records. The album features seven new tracks written in the wake of guitarist Chad Gilbert’s cancer diagnosis – including new single and music video “Dream Born Again,” which is out now – alongside seven live acoustic versions of fan favorites. Mixed by Mark Trombino (blink-182, Jimmy Eat World), the project is a rumination on what it means to grieve, to live, to approach every day with appreciation and a sense of fulfillment.
In December 2021, fresh off the celebratory pop punk’s Still Not Dead Tour in support of their 10th album, Forever + Ever x Infinity, Gilbert was found unresponsive in bed at home, rushed to a local hospital, and diagnosed with an eight inch cancerous tumor, a rare pheochromocytoma. Hospital stays, surgery, and a long road to recovery followed – but, in typical New Found Glory fashion, so did the songs.
“I didn’t want this to be the ‘cancer record’ originally,” Gilbert admits. “But when we went on tour and people started hearing the story and connecting to it, I gave up on trying to control the narrative. Not all bands are dealt these cards, but we were. Let’s take these songs and help the disease get awareness and raise money for a cause that’s working on education and research for my rare cancer.”
A percentage of proceeds from Make The Most Of It will go to The Pheo Para Alliance, the longest standing internationally recognized leader in advocacy for, and awareness of, pheochromocytoma.
“Even though the songs are sadder, they’re still hopeful,” Gilbert says. “You hear so much online about mental health and fear and anxiety. I feel proud that we can release an album with joy and honesty in a way that will hopefully make people less fearful of life. A lot of times we punish ourselves for things that might never happen. I’m going through something that did happen, but doing it with hope and joy and a greater appreciation.”
The band’s forthcoming acoustic album tackles the last year head-on with their most emotional and cathartic collection of songs to date.
In many ways, it’s remarkable it took New Found Glory 25 years to release an acoustic album. Masters of stop-gap invention – from the ever-popular From The Screen To Your Stereo movie theme cover EPs to their hardcore alter egos International Superheroes Of Hardcore – the band have balanced the impulses of new and nostalgic better than nearly every one of their peers.
That continues on Make The Most Of It, which also features live versions of seven New Found Glory classics recorded in Nashville in 2022 during the band’s NFG Unplugged Total Request Livestream & Concert. The live session tones down the caustic energy of a New Found Glory show but strips the band down to their bare essentials: Pundik’s unmistakable vocal and wholly resonant songwriting. When the band lead the audience through a sing-along on their very first single, “Hit Or Miss,” it’s hard not to get choked up at how important New Found Glory still is to fans 25 years in.
1. Dream Born Again
2. Mouth To Mouth
3. Get Me Home
4. Watch The Lilies Grow
5. More Than Enough
6. Kiss The Floor
9. All Downhill From Here
10. Dressed To Kill
11. The Story So Far
12. Failures Not Flattering
13. My Friends Over You
14. Hit Or Miss