An Interview with Frontman Jordan Pudnik of New Found Glory

[Correspondent-at-large Gilles LeBlanc had a chance to talk with Jordan recently. – AC]

OK, you may not find this exact verse in any bible, and I apologize in advance if I’ve offended anyone with any sacrilegiousness. The fact is that in the 17 years New Found Glory has been around, they’ve amassed a near cult following of loyally impassioned disciples, and are seen as spiritual leaders of one of the 2000s most popular music genres. Vocalist Jordan Pundik definitely doesn’t consider himself a Christ figure; when it comes down to it, he’s just a punk kid who became obsessed with wanting to front a band after seeing Nirvana in Florida on the 1993 In Utero tour half a lifetime ago.

Pundik is also a relatively new father for the second time, so therefore doesn’t have time for any extraneous BS, like rabble-rousers trying to stir up trouble between devotees of NFG and…One Direction?! As Jordan explained to me over the phone, his 1-year old woke him up one night, and as the rockstar dad gave the baby a much-needed bottle, he decided to check Twitter. What was trending were some accusations from founding lead guitarist Chad Gilbert and Paramore’s Hayley Williams that the latest chart-topper from UK boy band 1D, “Steal My Song Girl”, sounds an awful lot like “It’s Not Your Fault”.

Read the rest at Chill.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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