When it comes to quintessential pop-punk, very few bands live, breathe, and contribute as much to the scene as much as the regularly tipped “Godfathers of pop-punk”, New Found Glory, and at a festival like Slam Dunk, they’re essentially at their home away from home.
Recently, the band put out the third installment in their movie soundtrack covers albums, ‘From The Screen To Your Stereo’, so we caught up with drummer Cyrus Bolooki and vocalist Jordan Pundik to talk about films, pop-punk, and what’s coming next.
DP!: So you’ve just released your third movie covers album, ‘From The Screen To Your Stereo’. How do you choose what songs to cover?
CB: It’s kind of changed for every single one of these albums. The first album it was definitely songs from the films we kind of grew up watching. It started with the Titanic theme; we did that for fun because at that time it was all over the radio, and we were just like, “Maybe we could change it and make it our own, and it would just be a fun joke to do.” And it just caught, and everyone started asking for that to be played. So, that’s where we got the idea to do an album of movie covers.
On our second one, we kind of took a lot of older movies. It was a lot of 80s movies that we did like The Breakfast Club and stuff like that. So this one was a nice little mix of old and new, because we couldn’t just do 80s films. It was also films that we knew were popular and had cool songs, from Rocky all the way to Frozen. Something for everybody.
DP!: Have there been any songs that you’ve wanted to cover but don’t really work in your style?
JP: We had talked about doing ‘Kiss From A Rose’ from, I think it was Batman Forever? But, I don’t know if that would really work. Oh, and y’know, St Elmo’s Fire? Iconic song, but y’know.
CB: Oh, and we kept talking about ‘I’ve Had The Time Of My Life’ from Dirty Dancing, but we thought it was gonna be a bit weird, because like, he’d have to sing to himself, both the male and female part. It would just be awkward. Here’s the thing though, I would say all these covers, before we do them or even as we’re doing them, because some of them we have maybe thought about it and then decided not to: we have to enjoy playing them, because we’re not out here just because it’s cheesy. We want to enjoy it, and we want to be able to take them and make them our own, and maybe have people who know the song and hate it at least tolerate our version.
DP!: If you guys could have one of your original songs in a film, what would you pick?
CB: We’ve actually had that happen twice! ‘Hit Or Miss’ was in American Pie 2, and I remember we all went to the movie theater and saw it. It was like a small town in Colorado, there was nobody else in the theater except for us, and we watched it and we didn’t know when in the movie it was going to appear. So, we’re watching so intently to try and find it, and then it happened, towards the end.
JP: Yeah, there’s like this slow motion walking on the beach thing.
CB: It’s like one of the most iconic scenes in the movie, I feel. And then we stayed right until the end to see ourselves in the credits.
DP!: Are you guys working on any of your own material at the moment?
JP: We’re about to, yeah.
CB: It’s secret! But, yeah, it never stops.
DP!: You guys are one of the veteran pop-punk bands now. How have you seen the scene change?
JP: I think there’s a lot of good bands that are coming out, but there’s also just… a lot of bands that are coming out. That’s the biggest change that I’ve seen, there’s so many more bands now. Some good, some not, but it’s cool when you find a really good one.
CB: I think it’s cool because even standing here right now is a testament to the scene in general.
CB: When we first started, Slam Dunk didn’t even exist, and when Slam Dunk first started it was a couple venues around town with maybe ten bands. And now it’s like whatever it is, 80 bands? And in this massive park. It’s pretty awesome to see where it’s come.
DP!: And what does it mean to you guys to be playing here again?
CB: I think a lot of bands and fans alike, especially ones that don’t live here in the UK who can’t come to Slam Dunk, they wish they could have this, because this is almost like a dream line-up when you put all of these bands together, and it’s different genres and different parts of the whole scene. It’s pretty awesome to be able to pull this off and do it every single year. We always look forward to doing it; not only because the shows are great, but because we’re gonna see all of our friends.
DP!: Finally, anyone you’re looking forward to catching?
CB: It always happens that the bands I really want to watch are on right when we’re on stage or right as we’re doing interviews. I haven’t gotten to see anyone yet. Yesterday was our first show in a while, and all of us were kind of out of it.
JP: I was still sleeping during Boston Manor.
CB: I wish I could watch Bad Religion. They’re playing literally the same time as we are, and about a kilometer away. I want to go and see Lagwagon today, and I think that’s going to work out because they’ve switched the schedule a bit. In fact, I would pretty much hang out at the Punk In Drublic stage all day.
The band’s latest covers album, ‘From The Screen To Your Stereo 3’, is out now via Hopeless Records.
Lottie adores hardcore and is an ardent advocate for the emo revival. When she’s not writing for DEAD PRESS!, she’s occasionally scribbling away for her own terrible blog, but usually playing video games.