Pop punk legends New Found Glory share a new video prior to the release of their upcoming album “Make The Most Of It” due for release in January 2023.
The new video reflects on guitarist Chad Gilbert’s journey with pheochromocytoma alongside reactions and reflections from the band as a whole. From initial diagnosis to the beginning seeds of their upcoming acoustic album to present day, the 12 minute video gives a poignant insight into the impact on Gilbert and those around him.
In December 2021, fresh off the celebratory ‘Pop Punk’s Still Not Dead Tour’ in support of their 10th album ‘Forever + Ever x Infinity‘, Gilbert was found unresponsive in bed at home, rushed to a local hospital, and diagnosed with an 8-inch cancerous tumour, a rare pheochromocytoma. Hospital stays, surgery, and a long road to recovery followed – but, in typical New Found Glory fashion, so did the songs.
“I didn’t want this 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.”
“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.”
The band’s forthcoming acoustic album, released via Revelation Records, tackles the last year head-on with their most emotional and cathartic collection of songs to date.
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 on the band’s website.
The band shares: “We thank you for your support, as do so many others that have struggled with this illness or have lost loved ones to it. Just learning the name of this disease is a big step for the community. Thank you all!”
The newest single from the upcoming album is ‘Get Me Home‘, out on December 16 and available to pre-save HERE.
The new acoustic album will feature seven brand new tracks written in the wake of Chad Gilbert’s cancer diagnosis – including single ‘Dream Born Again’, alongside seven live acoustic versions of fan favourites. ‘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 fulfilment.
New Found Glory are hitting the road next year, touring the US with special guest Leanna Firestone. Tickets are available HERE.
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