Florida Rock band, New Found Glory, emerged in the 90’s and created a world of spike-haired punks and rebellious mobsters chanting their lyrics as though they were anthems of their teenage lives. It’s been nearly two decades ever since the release of their standout debut album, ‘Nothing Gold Can Stay’, and the rockers are still going strong and gearing up to release their ninth studio album, ‘Makes Me Sick’. New Found Glory lead vocalist, Jordan Pundik, is also a tattoo artist who recently opened up his own shop, The Common Wealth Tattoo, in San Diego. I caught up with Jordan to discuss the world of tattooing, ‘Makes Me Sick’, upcoming tour plans and more.
Congrats on the upcoming release of your ninth studio album, ‘Makes Me Sick’. What intention did you guys go into the studio with this time around?
Thanks! We always try and make the next record better than the last record. The last one was very stripped down and we produced it ourselves. This time around we wanted to add a different element. We had a producer Aaron Sprinkle who we used because we loved his previous recordings.
Your first single off of the album, ‘Happy Being Miserable’, has some potent lyrics that seem to be directed toward another. Have your personal life experiences led you guys toward writing and releasing this track?
Yes. Everything that we write is sort of a snapshot of what we are going through at that moment and time.
Any upcoming tour or festival appearance plans that you can fill us in about?!
Yeah. We are doing a Festival in July in Long Island New York with Taking Back Sunday and Saves the Day. It’s one big awesome show.
Jordan, rumor has it that you are a tattoo artist as well. Tell us about your journey into the world of tattooing and where human beings can get tattooed by you/view your work.
I started about 4 or 5 years ago. I apprenticed in Nashville under Ian White who has a shop called Safe House Tattoo. I’ve been doing it on and off since 2012. People can just DM me through Instagram or email me at [email protected].
If you could get any tattoo by any tattoo artist in the entire world, which artist would you choose and what would you get tattooed?
It’s hard to pick just one. But I love a lot of Korean Tattoo Artists that do different styles. Crimer Freeman, OOZY in Seoul Korea, Tattooist_Banul. I would pick from drawings that they want to tattoo.
What is your perception of the current state of Punk Rock?
I try not to think about it too much. There are a lot of great young bands out there. And I’m always keeping my ear to the ground, looking for new bands.
What is your thought process around the artistic benefit of tattoos within society?
I love that it’s such a widely accepted thing now. When I first started, it wasn’t. When I started I was getting tattoos in sketchy places. Now it’s a form of expression for people to reveal things that are important to them.
What do fans of New Found Glory have to look forward to over the remainder of 2017?!
Tour, Tour, Tour.
As New Found Glory has been going strong in the game for nearly two decades, what do you perceive is the trick to building longevity as a band?
It can be because we are real people. Our fans aren’t stupid and we try to give them the best we can. I think taking out new and upcoming bands also helps us stay relevant. We are also all still really big fans of music.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
Thank you for the continued support for the last 20 years. Without you we can not do what we do!