New Found Glory Dissect Their 'Friends'

Sticks and Stones, featuring 'My Friends Over You,' debuted at #4

They might have called their new album Sticks and Stones so that if

critics trashed it they could retort by sneering, sticking out their tongues

and saying, "names will never hurt me."

But that's not the reason. For New Found Glory, names are as dangerous as

flung fists, and throughout the record they reveal how damaged they've been

by barbed words.

"On the cover of the record we have a little girl beating up a guy,"

guitarist Steve Klein explained recently. "When we were younger,

relationships with girls were a lot easier. You could hit each other and it

would be fun. And I think as you get older everything gets a little more

serious. When you have an argument with a girl it can actually break your

heart or ruin your life."

Loads of music fans are identifying with New Found Glory's take on

relationship dynamics and appreciating the way the band vents its

frustration through high-energy pop-punk songs that impact somewhere between

the newer, harmony-laden love pangs of Blink-182 and the more pounding fare

of Sum-41.

Sticks and Stones debuted at #4 on the latest Billboard 200

albums chart (see "Korn Can't Kick Eminem

From Top Of Billboard Chart"), and the band is playing this

year's Vans Warped Tour alongside NOFX, Bad Religion and others (see "Warped Tour '02 To Feature Bad Religion, NOFX, New Found Glory, More").

Like much of the best punk-pop, "My Friends Over You," the first single from

Sticks and Stones, brings back angst-ridden teenage memories about

awkward relationships and peer pressure.

"The song is about going out with a girl who hates your friends, and she's

telling you that you have stupid friends. Or you're doing something that she

doesn't like behind her back. And she's taking it more seriously than you're

taking it. It kind of sums up our whole album in one song."

For guitarist Chad Gilbert the song is perhaps even more personal: "You're

with a girl and she wants to take that next step," he said, sounding like he

was drawing from past history. "And though you think the girl's awesome and

you're having so much fun with her, because of experiences in the past with

other relationships and things that are going on in your life at the current

time, you're just not ready to make that step. You just can't. And you

always pick your friends, or in our case, our band."

When they record and jam, New Found Glory are a glorious boys club, not an

exclusive one. During the recording session the band called in their pals

from Bane and What Feeds the Fire on "Belated" and "Something I Call

Personality"; members of H2O on "Understatement" and Alkaline Trio on

"Forget My Name"; and Mark Hoppus from Blink-182 on "Something I Call


"[Our bassist] Ian [Grushka] was just like, 'Uh, I don't know how to play

this song, bro.' So he called Mark up, who asked if he could sing something

on the record. So we said, 'Why don't you just play a song on bass?' And he

just came in and wrote a bass part to the song. It came out really cool."