Westword: Recording this album presented some new experiences for you, didn't it?
Jordan Pundik: We had the most time with this record that we've ever had. We were able to focus on writing songs and demo-ing. In our entire career, we've never really demo'd a record before. We were in Malibu, at this place right on the beach at Point Dume. It was a really cool experience, being able to write at all times of the day, like at one or two in the morning, as opposed to the last records, where we always had to write between tours. Like, "You've got two months to record your new album before your next tour. Here you go."
It was announced last year that James Dewee of Reggie and the Full Effect had joined New Found Glory, too.
He was with us the whole Catalyst record cycle because he recorded a couple of parts on keyboards. We wanted to play the songs live, too, so we made him our keyboard player for the whole cycle. But in the end, he wanted to really just focus on Reggie and the Full Effect.
While other pop-punk bands have opted to embrace punk's inherent relationship to politics and protest in order to abide by current popular trends, New Found Glory chose to swing the opposite direction by embracing the personal with Coming Home.
We're a band that writes songs from the heart, and we write them about what we know. I think that, especially with the last record, it was negative, in a way. "It's All Downhill From Here," "Failure's Not Flattering" and "Doubt Full" -- they're negative sorts of songs. With Coming Home, there's a lot of stuff going on in the world, but I don't know -- we've never really been the band to write about that kind of thing. We've always written from our own personal experiences, and I think this record is -- and I don't want to sound like some Christian rock band -- a lot more positive. You know what I mean?"
That isn't the result of finding God, is it?
Did the fact that you were married last December have anything to do with this evolution for you personally?
Yeah, I think a little bit, personally.
How do you feel about how the critics have responded to Coming Home so far?
It's the first time reviewers have actually, you know, given us good reviews. [Laughs] It's different.