New Found Glory Announces Acoustic Album ‘Make the Most of It,’ Debuts “Dream Born Again”

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“You are the dream I thought was lost,” sings New Found Glory vocalist Jordan Pundik in “Dream Born Again,” a heartfelt new song shared by the veteran pop-punk band on Thursday.

It’s a preview of a new acoustic album titled Make the Most of It, which the group will release on Jan. 20 via Revelation Records.

There’s a special significance behind both this project and the song itself, one of seven on the album that came into existence in reflection to guitarist Chad Gilbert and his cancer diagnosis, which sidelined Gilbert from some shows on NFG’s recent Sticks & Stones anniversary tour.

Here’s a video for the new track, which finds Gilbert, Pundik, drummer Cyrus Bolooki and bassist Ian Grushka each manning an acoustic guitar in a field:

The context behind this project, per a news release:

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 tumor, 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 said in a statement. “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.”

More on the album’s charitable goals, per a news release:

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.

“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.”

New Found Glory (Photo: Stevie Lowenstein)

New Found Glory (Photo: Stevie Lowenstein)

In addition to seven new songs, Make the Most of It also includes seven New Found Glory fan favorites, recorded live during an acoustic live stream concert in 2022.

It’s the first official acoustic album from the band, which to date has released 11 studio albums — including last year’s holiday record, December’s Here.

The track listing:

1. Dream Born Again
2. Mouth To Mouth
3. Get Me Home
4. Watch The Lilies Grow
5. More Than Enough
6. Kiss The Floor
7. Bloom
8. Understatement
9. All Downhill From Here
10. Dressed To Kill
11. The Story So Far
12. Failures Not Flattering
13. My Friends Over You
14. Hit Or Miss

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