New Found Glory: Moment of Glory
GW When you went into the studio to make Catalyst, were you specifically looking to change your direction?
KLEIN We wanted to become more riff-oriented on this album. And it’s definitely more of a rock and roll record than the last one—less by-the-book.
GILBERT But to be honest, while we were making the album, I always felt like there was no exact direction. We just wanted to do what was right for each song. When we were first starting out, our album budgets weren’t as big, so we didn’t have time to experiment with different sounds as much as we did this time.
KLEIN Every song on the new album has different guitar sounds and all different guitars. On the past records every song was just EMG 81s in our stage guitars with Mesas and Marshalls. But on this record we used Rickenbackers and a bunch of different baritone guitars. I used my regular Strat, but also a Fender Tornado, a Telecaster and a PRS. We used Vox AC30s, Fender amps, Orange amps… every single thing that you can think of to get a good guitar sound. What’s also cool about this album is we used a bunch of different tunings that we’ve never used on any previous record. On the last record we had a couple of songs in dropped-D [D A D G B E]. But there are a few songs on this new record that are tuned all to D. [i.e., a whole step down: D G C F A D]. So there’s standard E [E A D G B E] dropped-D and regular D.
GW Which songs have guitars tuned a whole step down?
KLEIN There’s one called “This Disaster,” which starts off with this cool metal kind of riff. Tuning down a whole step is good for Jordan’s voice, which is high. It enables him to have more range. He was also able to hit higher notes on this album than he did on any of our previous records. He used to be able to go up to A, but he was able to hit a B on all these songs.
GILBERT One of the most distinctive things about our band is Jordan’s voice. It stands out—in a good way for some people and in a bad way for others. But there’s no mistaking it. That gives us a lot of room to do what we want musically. With Jordan singing, it’ll always sound like New Found Glory.
GW Between the two of you, who does what on guitar?
GILBERT Since I write most of the music, I’m generally more comfortable with the leads. So live, Steve plays all the rhythm parts and I pretty much play all the leads. Only they’re not really leads. I call them doodles.
GW Who are your all-time guitar heroes?
KLEIN My all-time guitar hero is Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day. I know a lot of bands in our style would say that, but he’s the reason why I play Fender Strats. My first guitar was a Squire Strat and I learned how to play Green Day songs on it. I learned how to play power chords before anything else. I never took a guitar lesson. And I definitely have a weird style of playing. Normally, people strum with their wrist, but I strum the guitar up and down with my entire arm. When we first started playing shows I was the one always putting his guitar out of tune and breaking strings. But as I’ve gotten better that’s obviously not the case anymore.
GILBERT When I was growing up I always thought Slash was awesome. But I was never really into “that guy can really solo.” I’m more into songwriters. I always looked up to Billie Joe because every song on Green Day’s albums was catchy and good.
GW Is Chad more the hardcore guy and Steve the pop punk guy?
GILBERT Not at all! We all listen to everything. I used to sing in a hardcore band [Shai Halud], so that’s why I’m always considered the hardcore guy. But Steve and Jordan were always up front singing along with me. Actually my favorite singer of all time is Björk. And my favorite band of all time is They Might Be Giants.
GW With “I Don’t Wanna Know,” did you deliberately set out to write a big radio ballad?
GILBERT No, it just turned out to be one of the catchier songs on the record. Some of my favorite songs are slow songs, like Guns N’ Roses’ “November Rain.”
GW Do you envision high school girls losing their virginity to “I Don’t Wanna Know”?
GILBERT Maybe that could happen. I don’t envision that because I think it’s illegal. I don’t want to go to jail!
KLEIN It’s definitely one of the most personal songs I’ve ever written. Every time me and my girlfriend hear it, it’s kinda embarrassing for us.
Artists:New Found Glory
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