New Found Glory's Jordan Pundik Asks: What Does Sticks and Stones Mean to You?
To know that it's been ten years since the release of New Found Glory's album Sticks and Stones is completely surreal. Not only for the band, but also for the fans. Namely, the bulk of us who are nearing our thirties. We can remember a time that feels not so far off, when we were still teenagers going to see the band play at venues like Club Q and even a few high school parking lots, belting out the lyrics to "The Blue Stare" and "It Never Snows in Florida." Those days may be long gone, but New Found Glory is letting fans relive them as they embark on a tour in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the album that changed their career.
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In a nostalgia heavy conversation, New Found Glory's singer Jordan Pundik spoke to the New Times about what Sticks and Stones means to him, the fans, and how things changed for the band over the last 15 years.
New Times: What does Sticks and Stones mean to you?
Jordan Pundik: Whoa. Well... [Laughs.] What does it mean to you? No, I'm just kidding. I guess, for me the fact that it's been out as long as it has been is pretty crazy. I mean, we've been a band for fifteen years, and it doesn't even feel like the album came out ten years ago. And because we tour so much, I get to meet a lot of people, and talk to a lot of our fans, and so many of them tell us that Sticks and Stones was a big record for them. Especially people that are our age, they grew up on that record.
That's weird to say, because I'm not old at all. [Laughs] I recorded it when I was 19 or 20, I think. So, it was a big record and also bands have cited that record as being influential which is very cool and flattering. I think doing this tour and playing the songs is a cool thing. So, to me that's the biggest thing, that it's been an influential record on a lot of people. It was a big album for the fans, and for us.
Do you consider the album to be a major turning point for New Found Glory?
Yeah. That was kind of what brought us over that hump. We were building and building, had a lot of hype, touring a lot, playing dumps, playing big venues and small venues, sleeping on floors then to hotels, being in vans and then in a tour bus, all this back and forth. That record came out, and it was this crazy hump that we got over. Before that we were doing a lot of touring, including with Blink-182, and that really helped also. It wasn't until that Sticks and Stones came out that it gave us that push, it got us over the hump.
What would you say is your favorite song off the album?
I would say for me, my favorite is probably "Sonny" only because it's a slower song, people are stoked when that song starts. It's closest to me because it's about my grandfather when he passed away and the song has helped people when they have lost someone. People are always coming up to me and telling me how that song has helped them cope with a loss of a loved one or a friend.