Pop punk legends New Found Glory have released their new acoustic album, 'Make The Most Of It', via Revelation Records.
Entering their 26th year as a band (how old do you feel now?), this album features seven brand new tracks written in the wake of guitarist Chad Gilbert’s rare cancer diagnosis.
Previous singles ‘Dream Born Again’ and ‘Get Me Home’ – alongside seven live acoustic versions of fan favorites marks the bands 11th full length album release. Mixed by pop punk master Mark Trombino (blink-182, Jimmy Eat World), ‘Make The Most Of It’ is a rumination on what it means to grieve, to live, to approach every day with appreciation and a sense of fulfillment.
In December, the band released the video ‘Walk Through Fire’ which reflected on guitarist Chad Gilbert’s journey with pheochromocytoma, alongside reactions and reflections from the band as a whole.
“I didn’t want this [Make The Most Of It] to be the ‘cancer record’ originally,” Gilbert admits. “But when we went on tour and people started hearing the story and connecting to it, I gave up on trying to control the narrative. Not all bands are dealt these cards, but we were. Let’s take these songs and help the disease get awareness and raise money for a cause that’s working on education and research for my rare cancer.”
A percentage of proceeds from ‘Make The Most Of It’ will go to The Pheo Para Alliance, the longest standing internationally recognized leader in advocacy for, and awareness of, pheochromocytoma. New Found Glory have also released a limited-edition charity shirt to benefit The Pheo Para Alliance, available now HERE.
“Even though the songs are sadder, they’re still hopeful,” Gilbert says. “You hear so much online about mental health and fear and anxiety. I feel proud that we can release an album with joy and honesty in a way that will hopefully make people less fearful of life. A lot of times we punish ourselves for things that might never happen. I’m going through something that did happen, but doing it with hope and joy and a greater appreciation.”
Main Photo Credit: Stevie Lowenstein
- Dream Born Again
- Mouth To Mouth
- Get Me Home
- Watch The Lilies Grow
- More Than Enough
- Kiss The Floor
- All Downhill From Here
- Dressed To Kill
- The Story So Far
- Failures Not Flattering
- My Friends Over You
- Hit Or Mis
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