New Found Glory Biography
This pop punk band was formed in Coral Springs, Florida, USA in 1997 by Jordan Pundik (12 October 1979, New Jersey, USA; vocals), Chad Gilbert (b. 9 March 1981, Coral Springs, Florida, USA; guitar), Steve Klein (b. 1979, USA; guitar), Ian Grushka (b. 4 September 1977, USA; bass) and Joe Moreno (drums). Naming themselves A New Found Glory, the quintet released their 1997 debut EP, Its All About The Girls, on the independent Fiddler Records label. Cyrus Bolooki (b. 27 February 1980, USA) subsequently replaced Moreno as the band switched to the Drive-Thru label and recorded their full-length debut, Nothing Gold Can Stay.
The bands pop punk leanings earned them comparisons to fellow Americans Blink-182 and Sum 41, both then making the breakthrough to mainstream chart success, and inevitably attracted major label interest. The band signed a new recording contract with MCA Records, debuting in 2000 with the movie themes tribute EP, From The Screen To Your Stereo. Their self-titled major label debut followed in the autumn, credited to the more succinct New Found Glory. A string of hit albums followed, with Sticks And Stones (2002), Catalyst (2004) and Coming Home (2006) all reaching the US Top 5, cementing the bands position among the leading lights of the pop punk scene.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.