NEW FOUND GLORY / TBA
We spoke to: Chad Gilbert (guitar)
EXPECT IT: Spring 2017
WHAT'S DIFFERENT: Lyrically, this album looks at our culture and where we’re at—even in ourselves. We live in a place where people, ourselves included, spend so much time pointing the finger at others. They point at everything else they want to fix with the world, but they never really point at themselves. This album is more vulnerable, but it’s a different kind of vulnerability and honesty than our other records. Musically, we’ve found this sort of freedom because of our fans and their loyalty to us over the years. We use this juxtaposition between our most accountable lyrics and our most fun music.
BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN MAKING THE RECORD: I don’t know if there was a challenge. The A/C breaking? [Laughs.]
IS IT MORE RADIOSURGERY OR RESURRECTION? Neither. It’s raising the bar. It’s going to new places that people haven’t heard yet. Reinventing the wheel. You know, those words. [Imitates Donald Trump] It’s going to be huge! —Evan Lucy
SORORITY NOISE / TBA
We spoke to: Cam Boucher (vocals/guitar)
EXPECT IT: Spring 2017
WHAT'S DIFFERENT: I know this is the worst way to describe something, because everyone since the beginning of time has said it, but this one is definitely more mature. With Joy, Departed, I wrote all those songs and then I had [the band] set up in my living room in Connecticut and jam for one day on the songs that no one had played to. Then the next day the drums were all recorded. There’s a lot of tightness [on the next record], and it’s definitely a more focused and concentrated thing. I’m out-of-my-skin excited about it, and I’ve never really felt that way before.
BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN MAKING THE RECORD: It’s the most personal thing I’ve done lyrically. I don’t really edit too much after I write the songs initially, and I’d constantly be asking [producer] Mike Sapone, “Is this too much? Is this going to make people uncomfortable?” He’d say, “Well, isn’t that the point?” Focusing on personal detail and making it as real as possible was the most difficult, but most gratifying, thing of all.
IS IT MORE FORGETTABLE OR JOY, DEPARTED? Either, neither or both. We definitely got more interesting results. There’s more attention to detail. I don’t think it really compares to the other two. It’s constantly improving. To compare it to Forgettable would be two steps backward, and to compare it to Joy, Departed would be one step backward. People were worried about our 7-inch, thinking that was going to be our new sound, but this one is definitely loud as fuck. [Laughs.] —Evan Lucy
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