Posts Tagged ‘New Found Glory’

In 2015 New Found Glory and Yellowcard embarked on a co-headlining tour. To commemorate the occasion the bands released a tour exclusive 7” featuring each band covering one song off each other’s latest album. So New Found Glory playing a Yellowcard song and Yellowcard playing a New Found Glory song. NFG covers “Illuminate” off Yellowcard’s Lift A Sail and Yellowcard covers “Ready & Willing” off new Found Glory’s Resurrection.

The official title of this split 7” is Fall 2015 VIP Split, which I gathered from what is printed on the download card included with all copies. Pressing info was never released, but the 7” was only pressed on half yellow/half black split. And that is not the only clever touch with this release, as each side of the jacket has its own cover art, which is the artwork from each band’s respective studio album. So the NFG side (a-side) has the cover art for Yellowcard’s Lift A Sail with text saying “New Found Glory” and the song title they’re covering, and the Yellowcard side has the cover art from NFG’s Resurrection with text saying “Yellowcard” and the song they’re covering.

Initially the only way to get this 7” was not to just go to one of the shows, but to buy a VIP package/upgrade where one of the exclusive items was a copy of this 7”. Other items included with the VIP ticket was a tour poster, tour laminate, meet and greet with both bands and early entry into the venue for the actual show. You could either buy a VIP package that included a general admission ticket for $80, or a VIP “upgrade” for $55 that did not include a general admission ticket. I guess the upgrade was for lucky people who go to venues where tickets are cheaper than $25. In December 2017 leftover copies were finally put up for sale online, being sold in NFG’s official web store ( for $7 plus shipping.

This record highlights all the bad sides of records as well as the good sides. Say what you will about tour releases, but personally I despise them. I feel this way for two reasons; one being that it excludes lots of people from access to the release (either just the physical release or in some cases being able to just listen to it at all, even with how extensive file sharing via the internet is). The second is it encourages flipping.

Let me touch on the first one. If the tour doesn’t stop anywhere near you odds are you’re not going to be able to buy it. So that immediately eliminates people from places like North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Alaska, Hawaii, etc. And that is not even considering people who don’t live in America, where majority of these tour only releases happen. And before you say “well, lots of people in those circumstances drive however far away the nearest tour stop is and get a hotel;” not everyone can afford to do that. So for all these bands that say things like “we want to reward our fans by releasing this special record” should rethink that approach.

The second reason is quite obvious, as when something as inherently hard to come by as a tour exclusive release happens, people inevitably buy it to for the sole reason of flipping it. And that can screw over people who did actually go to the show with the hopes of buying a copy with genuine intentions, as it may sell out before they get to the merch table. I know the later part of this doesn’t apply to this specific tour release, but it still applies to a lot of them.

Now let me get to the positives about this tour release, as New Found Glory eventually put up leftover copies of it online for $7, albeit well over two years after the tour ended. But sadly this still led to people trying to flip the record. It’s quite pathetic and hilarious at the same time, as this tour split 7” was next to impossible to find on the secondary market. But as soon as leftover copies were put up for sale online, the secondary market was flooded with them. Seemingly overnight copies started showing up for $25 on up, when like I said, it cost $7 plus $6 and change shipping in NFG’s merch store.

So I’m glad I waited to buy this tour split instead of paying an arm and a leg to get one of the few and far between copies that popped up on the secondary market. And ultimately I feel like I got the last laugh as I was able to buy this 7” for less than it would’ve cost me to go to one of the shows on the tour and pay for the VIP package, which either cost $55 for the upgrade or $80 for the VIP package. Figure $25 for the actual show ticket, $15 for the tour poster and this 7” cost $40.


This is the definition of an album that grows on you. At first I thought Makes Me Sick was the worst album New Found Glory ever released. It didn’t sound like them at all, and there is even a song that sounds like it should be on a Jimmy Buffet album more than a New Found Glory album. But after several listens, I like the album more and more. The production quality is top notch, which worried some people as Aaron Sprinkle produced the album. So don’t worry, he didn’t dull down NFG, if anything he makes this album better. With that said it’s not their worst album (that distinction remains with Resurrection), but it’s far from their best. But at least they seemed to figure out how to go forward with a single guitar player.

Makes Me Sick was pressed on six variants, with all of them being exclusive to some place. There are two Hopeless Records exclusives that were only available online via Merchnow; yellow limited to 500 copies and white limited to 1,000 copies. Yellow was a bundle exclusive that came with a t-shirt and enamel pin. Every so often a new merch trend appears, and the latest one is enamel pins. There is an Urban Outfitters exclusive, which is “paint splatter” limited to 1500 copies. “Paint splatter” is half white/half yellow with purple splatter. There is a picture disc limited to 500 copies, which is a tour exclusive. There is also a black variant and a tri-color HMV (UK entertainment retailer, think F.Y.E.) exclusive variant. The HMV variant is yellow, black and white, split into diagonal sections like a sliced pizza. Pressing info for the black and tri-color variants have not been released, it appears my contact at Hopeless is flat out ignoring me know when I ask about pressing info. Black is available at all retailers aside from HMV. Urban Outfitters does carry black copies in physical stores, as I saw some copies there along with their exclusive splatter variant..

Regarding Urban Outfitters (UO), they seem to be picking up their game with exclusive variants, filling the void left by $hit Topic, who are scaling back their vinyl section, which is a shame because UO also overprices their exclusives. This NFG exclusive is $22 (plus tax) in UO, while you can easily find it elsewhere for $18 or less. I bought this for $13 shipped from an online distro.

All variants, except for the picture disc, come in a single pocket jacket with printed dust sleeve made from card stock. A download card/code is included with all copies though. There is a hype sticker on all the traditional variants, which indicates color.  Most of them are small white circles affixed to the top right corner. The UO variant has its own, unique hype sticker however. A giant yellow rectangle affixed to the right side that advertises the UO exclusivity along with the color of the record. The HMV variant has an additional hype sticker along with the white circle, which is a simply a white square saying “COLOURED VINYL.” No, that is not a misspelling; it’s the British way, or what they would say, proper way, of spelling color.

If you’re familiar with NFG vinyl, the picture disc for Makes Me Sick is practically identical to their self-titled album. It comes in a picture disc sleeve with a flap, and has a backing insert. This insert has the lyrics on one side (the front) with the track listing and artwork on the back side. The lyric side of the insert has a similar design to the printed dust sleeve with the traditional variants. If you look at the photos below of the dust sleeve, where it has the lyrics divided between the A and b-sides split between each side, the picture disc insert simply has the same design, just combined onto one side.


New Found Glory – Snow 7″

Posted: April 20, 2017 in Vinyl

In 2015 New Found Glory released a single-sided 7” for their original Christmas song, “Snow.” It took nearly two years for it to sell out, so I wound up buying a Christmas release from 2015 in late February 2017. I didn’t save much money on it in the traditional sense, just through combined shipping.

The 7” has a screen printed b-side, and was pressed on two different colors, each limited to 250 copies apiece. The screen printing is the same on each variant. The two colors are red and green, a logical choice for a Christmas release. Rather than coming in a traditional jacket or sleeve, or even a fold over sleeve, this 7” just comes with what amounts to an insert.  Thankfully a download card/code is included. No copies of this 7” came sealed, so if you see anyone trying to unload a copy on the secondary market don’t fall far the “still factory sealed,”  “still sealed” or “unopened” sales pitches.

Regarding the two variants for this, red was a Merchnow exclusive and green was exclusive to the band’s own webstore; The band was charging $1 more for it in their store than Merchnow was, $8 vs. $7. And that does not include shipping, which was also more expensive in NFG’s store, just under $7 rather than just under $5 via Merchnow. That is not a big difference in price, but when you consider the green copies sold out before the red it’s a bit troubling, as well as puzzling. I actually snagged one of the last two copies of the red variant on Merchnow (you can track the stock levels by maxing out your cart), so I got pretty lucky there. I was waiting for the Circa Survive – On Letting Go deluxe edition to go on sale or for there to be a promo code to use to save some money. That never happened, so I bought this Snow 7″ and the Circa Survive record together once I saw the insanely low stock levels of the Snow 7″.

While I normally don’t sell stuff on this blog, or in general, I need to get rid of some things. This is the start of a thinning out process of doubles I’ve accumulated over the years along with getting rid of things I no longer listen to. Prices are set on all this for the most part. Except for the Alkaline Trio box and the Look Mexico and Lifetime collections I’m trying to sell as a lot, mainly because I have no idea what someone will pay for the stuff, but I’m not looking for crazy money. Yes, I am a bit late hopping on the Christmas present buying craze. So here are the ground rules:

Only the things on this list are for sale. Do not ask about anything else featured on this blog or anything that is not on the below list. Deals will be made for anyone who buys more than 1 thing. I’ll only ship to the USA. Paypal as payment only. So no bitcoin, Stripe or any of that other nonsense. If a color is not mentioned then it’s on black vinyl. Most of this stuff is either factory sealed or in NM condition. If it’s bad shape I’ll make note of it. If you’re concerned about condition as for pics and I will provide them.

If you’re interested in anything please leave a comment with what you’re interested in and your email address, and we can work out a deal. I will not make the comments public, so people will not get your email address or any other info, but I will be able to see it in order to reply to you via email. The subject line of such email responses will be “Stitches and Grooves record sale.” any questions or concerns about anything up for sale feel free to ask. I’m pretty firm on prices but if you don’t like a pice comment with an offer and we can try to work out a deal.

Everything will be mailed in either an LP or 7″ mailer. I should have plenty to go around, but if I run out I will let you know before making payment. Opened records will be shipped outside the jacket to avoid seam splits. Factory sealed records will not be opened under any circumstances. I know how to package records for shipping, plenty of bubble wrap and/or cardboard inserts will be used to try to minimize damage as best as possible.


– 311 – Hydroponic 10″ (still sealed, jacket has seam split along top edge) = $20 ppd

– Alkaline Trio – Help Me 7” (still sealed) = $7 ppd or $4 if bought with something else

– Alkaline Trio – My Shame Is True wooden box (won’t come with the records but comes with everything else – black t-shirt in men’s adult medium (never worn, still sealed in plastic bag), flag/banner, patch, Ouija game board and game piece) = offer – must come with everything* can’t buy just the box or other items out of box. Willing to go cheaper if you don’t want the shirt though.

– At The Drive-In/Burning Airlines – Split 7″ (no insert) = $10 ppd

– Back To The Future Trilogy Score Mondo box set exclusive jackets (only the 3 jackets, which have seam splits. no records are include with this) = offer, would prefer to sell all 3 jackets together

Bear vs Shark Collection – Would Prefer To Sell As Complete Lot = $110 (shipping to be determined later)

– Right Now (Purple & White swirl /250, U.S. 2nd press) = $20

– Right Now (UK red w/ black haze /250 hand numbered w/ exclusive alternate cover) = $30

– Terrorhawk (yellow /250, 2nd press) = $25

– Bars Of Gold – Of Gold (clear green, 1st press) = $20

– Bars Of Gold – Wheels (comes packaged w/ CD) = $15

– The Catholic Comb – Vampire Life 7” (w/ poster) = $7 ppd or $4 if bought with something else

– Circa Survive – The Amulet (Merch Limited Alternate Screen Printed Covers, Set of 4,  Designs #1, #2, #3 and #4. ALTERNATE COVERS ONLY, NO RECORD(S). INCORRECTLY FOLDED JACKETS W/ CREASE THROUGH COVER ART. Ask for pics if interested.) =$40 ppd OBO

– Bob Dylan – Must Be Santa b/w ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas 7” (red, still sealed) – $12 ppd

– Faction Of The Fox – Mannequin Hand 7” = $7 ppd or $3 if bought with something else

– Fake Problems – How Far Our Bodies Go (clear, Euro pressing) = $12 ppd

– Fake Problems – How Do You Spell Here E-V-E-L 12” (picture disc) = $9 ppd

** $14 ppd for both Fake Problems records **

– Gogol Bordello – Crack The Case 7″ = $10 ppd

– Gogol Bordello – Pura Vida Conspiracy (white, only record & insert, NO jacket or valid download card) = offer

– Hailey, It Happens – Aurora = $8 ppd or $4 if bought with something else

– Jimmy Eat World – Futures – (2nd press, blue 180g) = $40 ppd OBO


Lifetime Collection – Would Prefer To Sell As Complete Lot = $145 (shipping to be determined later)

– Background = $25

– Hello Bastards (mint, 2nd press, 2010 No Idea pressing, 1st pressing on No Idea) = $15

– Jersey’s Best Dancers (white, 2nd press, 2010 No Idea pressing, 1st pressing on No Idea) = $15

– s/t (pink, 2nd press, 2008 No Idea pressing, 1st pressing on No Idea) = $20

– Dwell 7″ (1st press) = $10

– Dwell 7″ (2nd press) = $7

– Tinnitus 7″ = $20

– 2 Songs 7″ (blue) = $7

– Boys No Good 7″ = $10

– It’s For Life comp LP (red /552, 2nd press on Victory w/ different cover, 1st pressing on Victory) = $15


Look Mexico Collection – Would Prefer To Sell As Complete Lot = $100 (shipping determined later)

– This Is Animal Music = $30

– To Bed To Battle (salmon) = $20

– You Stay. I Go. No Following 7″ (blue, hand numbered screened cover) = $10

– Real Americans Spear It 10″ (blue) = $13

– So Crucialtine (green marble) = $15

– Gasp Asp 7″ (green) = $7

– Gasp Asp 7″ (white w/ red foil stamp cover) = $10


– Moneen/Alexisonfire – Switcheroo Split 12″ (picture disc) = $30 ppd

– Mixtapes – Somewhere In Trinsic (white, No Sleep Sub exclusive) = $15 ppd

– The Music – Take The Long Road And Walk It 7″ (blue) = $6 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

– New Found Glory – Tip Of The Iceberg 7” (picture disc) = $7 ppd or $3 if bought with something else.

– No Devotion – Stay b/w Eyeshadow 12″ (white, factory sealed) = $10 ppd

– No Devotion – 10,000 Summers 12″ (factory sealed, start of small seam split along top edge) = $9 ppd

** $14 ppd for both No Devotion records **

– Peace’d Out – Peace’d Out 10” (blue, still sealed) = $10 ppd or $6 if bought with something else


– The Police – Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic 7″ (U.S. pressing, A & M Records w/ picture sleeve) =  $6 ppd or $3 if bought with something else

– The Police – Message In A Bottle 7″ (w/ poster sleeve) = $7 ppd or $4 if bought with something else

– The Police – Message In A Bottle 7″ (no picture or poster sleeve, generic paper dust sleeve) = $6 ppd or $3 if bought with something else

– The Police – Synchronicity II 7″ (w/ picture sleeve) = $6 ppd or $3 if bought with something else

-The Police – Every Breath You Take 7″ (w/ picture sleeve) = $6 ppd or $3 if bought with something else

– The Police – Don’t Stand So Close To Me 7″ (w/ picture sleeve) = $6 ppd or $3 if bought with something else

– The Police – De Do Do Do, De Da Da da 7″ (w/ incorect die cut picture sleeve) = $6 ppd or $3 if bought with something else

** All 7 Police 7″ singles for $25 ppd **


– Portugal. The Man – Woodstock (standard vinyl version, 180g in gatefold jacket, still factory sealed) = $15 ppd

– Razorlight – Golden Touch 7″ (gatefold jacket) = $7 ppd or $2 if bought with something else


Senses Fail – If There Is Light, It Will Find You (yellow, still sealed. has seam split along top of jacket) = $15 ppd

Senses Fail slipmat – slipmat that came w/ If There Is Light It Will Find You Merch Limited bundles = $10 ppd

** Senses Fail bundle (new album & slipmat) = $20 ppd ***


– Bruce Springsteen – Dancing In The Dark 7″ (U.S. Pressing, Columbia Records) =$ 6 ppd or $3 if bought with something else

– Bruce Springsteen – One Step Up 7″ (U.S. Pressing, Columbia Records) =$6 ppd or $3 if bought with something else

** Both Springsten 7″ single for $10 ppd **

– Third Eye Blind – Ursa Major – (clear w/ black & white splatter – 1st Press) = offer

– Thursday – Kill The House Lights (still factory sealed, has crease in jacket) = $15 ppd

– Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – A Woman In Love (It’s Not Me) 7″ (w/ picture sleeve) = $6 ppd

– What’s Eating Gilbert – Cheap Shots (half tan/half black) = $10 ppd

– V/A – Yes L.A. comp (2nd press – picture disc w/ green and red ink) = $20 ppd

– V/A – While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years Of Bloodshot Records 3xLP (still factory sealed, pretty bad seam splits along top edge) =

– Record Store Day 2008 Choice Cuts comp (still sealed) = $8 ppd or $5 if bought with something else

– The 4 Squares/Toucan Slam – Doin’ Snuff With Roy Scherer split 12″ (still sealed) = $8 ppd or $3 if bought with something else

– Brushfire Records 12″ Sampler Volume 1 (still sealed. feat. Jack Johnson, Mason Jennings, G. Love & Special Sauce, Matt Costa) = $8 ppd or $3 if bought with something else

– Curtain Call – s/t 7″ = offer

– Hamilton/Malakhai/With Arms Still Empty/Just For Kicks – Forever Compilation 4-way Split 7″ = $6 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

– Old & In The Way – Old & In The Way LP = offer

– Grateful Dead – For The Faithful (Pair Records) = $10 ppd

– Grateful Dead – Wake Of The Flood (cut corner, Grateful Dead Records) = $10 ppd

Other Random Stuff & CD’s

– Ryan Russell – Continental Obscura: Birmingham To Bellingham photo book =$13 ppd [shipping is high because book weighs 4 pounds. Book is still in shrink wrap (shrink is cut along bottom) and does NOT come with bonus 7″]

– The Simpsons Complete Season 9 DVD w/ Lisa plastic head case (still factory sealed/taped)

– MxPx – B-Movie DVD w/ The A/C EP CD = offer

– Senses Fail limted edition t-shirt (limited to 100) – Pull The Thorns From Your Heart album cover design, size Adult Mens Medium = offer

– Fake Problems – Live At Park Ave CD (still sealed) = $5 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

– Spirit Club – s/t CD (still factory sealed) = $10 ppd

– July – What We Signed Up For CD (still sealed) = $6 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

– The Promise Hero – Deja Vu CD (still sealed) = $6 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

– Brett Detar – Bird In The Tangle CD (still sealed) = $5 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

– Rock Against Floyd comp CD = $5 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

– Hail The Villain – Maintain Radio Silence EP CD (still sealed) = $5 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

– We Are Augustines – Rock The Vote EP CD (still sealed) = $6 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

– Drive Thru Records Winter 2003 Sampler CD = $5 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

– Drive Thru Records Summer 2004 Sampler CD = $5 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

– Drive Thru Records/Rushmore Records Sampler CD = $5 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

– Fueled By Ramen Spring 2005 Sampler CD = $5 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

– Tooth & Nail Records Spring 2004 Sampler CD = $5 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

-Wildhoney – Your Face Sideways CD (barcode punched) = $6 ppd or $3 if bought with something else

– REM Unplugged 1991-2001 lithograph poster (12″ high x 36″ wide)

In trying to keep old traditions alive, New Found Glory re-released their latest album, Resurrection as a special edition with bonus tracks. This is also something Hopeless Records loves to do with their older scene bands. They did the same thing with Taking Back Sunday and their latest album Happiness Is as well as with Bayside and their latest album Cult. This latest release/version of Resurrection gets a new title; Resurrection: Ascension. You can read about the original release of Resurrection.

Typically I don’t buy re-presses but there are some exceptions I make for the collector part of myself. This release meets that bill and checks multiple boxes; bonus tracks not included on earlier pressings/releases, different cover art and released on a different/extended format. So let’s touch on each of those boxes.

Resurrection: Ascension features the same songs that appear on the initial release of Resurrection with some exclusive bonus tracks sprinkled in. Some of these bonus tracks are utter garbage and completely unnecessary. Some of the bonus tracks are acoustic versions of album songs, which is fine, but others feature guest vocalists with different arrangements of album songs. One of those pointless filler songs is comprised completely of guest vocalists, who even all do gang vocals during the chorus. It ruins on otherwise mediocre song, which is quite an accomplishment. The song in question is “Ready And Willing,” which even gets a new title; “Ready And Willing II.” Ready And Willing II” features vocalists from bands all past their prime or never had a prime, including Ryan Key (Yellowcard), Mike Herrera (MxPx), Chris DeMakes (Less Than Jake), Chris Carraba (Dashboard Confessional & Further Seems Forever), Chris Conley (Saves The Day), Matt Pryor (The Get Up Kids), Brianna Collins (Tigers Jaw), Mark Hoppus (Blink-182), Garrett Dale (Red City Radio) and David Wood (Down To Nothing). New Found Glory’s own singer, Jordan Pundik, does not make as much as a peep on “Ready And Willing II.”

Other bonus tracks on this version of Resurrection include “Ready & Willing (acoustic)”, so essentially the same song appears three separate times on the same album. “Persistent (acoustic), “Living Hell (acoustic),” Vicious Love (featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore),” “The Enemy” and “The Crown.” The last two songs are brand new songs, which makes the re-release of Resurrection somewhat worthwhile. The overall track listing for Resurrection: Ascension is also completely re-arranged from the original release on Resurrection. Bonus tracks are stuffed in the middle of the re-release, which disrupts the flow of the album, and it’s not like they just bumped each song down a track. For example; “Vicious Love” is track 6 on Resurrection but is moved to track 19 on Resurrection: Ascension.

The artwork for Resurrection: Ascension is basically the same as the original release. Instead of a white design it’s silver, and Resurrection: Ascension instead of just Resurrection is written below the diamond and circle design. This re-release is also pressed as a double LP instead of a single LP. It comes housed in a gatefold jacket, another difference from the original release, and has a huge 18×14″ fold out poster. The poster is simply a promo photo of the band, it’s a single sided poster. The gatefold jacket is literally the insert from the original pressing of Resurrection. One side of the gatefold is one side of the insert and the other side of the gatefold is the reverse side of the insert. Another knock on this re-release as they took the easy, cheap route with the inside of gatefold jacket.

The gatefold jacket is die-cut, with ‘NFG’ on the cover being the only portion die-cut. The silver that shows through the die-cut portion of the jacket is one of the record’s dust sleeves, which is all silver on both sides and printed on glossy paper. To be clear the dust sleeves of both records of the double LP set are entirely silver.

For the first time since starting this blog I made a critical error with the pressing info for this record. Resurrection: Ascension was pressed on two different colors; green and silver. Green is limited to 1,000 copies, which has been announced ever since this re-release was put up for pre-order in late July 2015. After the record came out in October 2015 it became known that another variant was floating around; silver. Green is exclusive to Hopeless Records and is only available from their webstore hosted by Merchnow. Yes, you can find it in New Found Glory’s merchnow store, but Merchnow filters things out by band and label, so if something is available in a label’s store it will be available in the respective band’s store as well. Silver, initially, was available everywhere other than Hopeless, but now it appears even Hopeless is selling the silver variant as well. This is where I screwed up the pressing info…

I emailed my contact at Hopeless to ask about the pressing info for the silver variant of this and somehow their response is not showing up in my email anymore. It was there, and now it’s not. No way to click on original message, show full message or anything along those lines. At first I thought I deleted it but I save all the pressing info emails until I get around to writing an entry for the respective record. So I did get the pressing info for the silver variant, but lost it somewhere along the lines. If memory serves me right silver is limited to 1,500 copies, but again, I can’t verify it by my usual means. My memory is pretty good and I have Jeopardy level trivia knowledge I can spout off at will. I remember the pressing info for the silver and green in my head because I weighed the decision of whether it would be better to either wait and buy a green copy when it go cheap enough or buy a silver copy because I could get it for $15. I opted for the later. To be honest if the pressing info was 2,000 on up for silver I might have waited to buy a green at some point down the road.

The price point on Resurrection: Ascension is reasonable for a double LP, $25. But considering this release is nothing short of a cash grab the price is harder to swallow. I advise people wait to buy this if they plan to or are on the fence. New Found Glory does not sell records like they use to, and this record will likely sit around awhile and get a price cut at some point from various places. But if you can buy this for $15 or less I would jump on that deal because I can’t see it going much lower in price than that.

Something of importance, at least I feel it is, with this release is that Sub City/Hopeless and New Found Glory teamed up with the Fender Music Foundation, which supports music education on a nationwide level by providing instruments to those in need and advocating the benefits of music education. For more info visit Portions of every purchase of both Resurrection: Ascension and digital download sales of “Ready And Willing II” go to the Fender Music Foundation.

What’s Eating Gilbert released their first full length album after releasing several 7″s since forming. Chad Gilbert’s (New Found Glory) side project is a 50s rock & roll inspired band that has him singing lead vocals. The album, That New Sound You’re Looking For, features all new material. No songs from any of their 7″s appear on this album, it’s all brand new songs.

The record was released by Hopeless Records and pressed on three different variants. Initially it only appeared as if there were only two variants, but after the record was released people started receiving copies on orange vinyl, which was not one of the two announced variants (blue and yellow) at the time. Some people speculated that it was an error pressing where the plant didn’t get the yellow right and it came out so dark it became orange. But unbeknownst to everyone Hopeless had another variant made up that was available everyone other than the label themselves or from the band on tour. Blue and yellow vinyl were put up for preorder, but pressing info was never released for the yellow variant, only blue. After getting in touch with my contact at Hopeless, I found out that blue is limited to 300 copies (which was already announced), yellow is limited to 300 copies and orange is limited to 1,000 copies. There is a hype sticker on the cover that denotes what color the record is and all copies come in a gatefold jacket.

You may be thinking to yourselves 1,600 seems like an odd number, and you’ll be right. So either one of two things happened; either Hopeless ordered 250 copies each of blue and yellow and an overrun of roughly 50 copies per color happened, or there is another variant out there to make the pressing an even 2,000 copies total. I’m leaning more towards the overrun idea because Hopeless has a pretty good reputation. I doubt they would secretly have a fourth variant pressed and hold on to it all this time.

The record comes housed in a gatefold jacket and comes with a download card. Retail on it is around $20. This will likely get marked down from a vast majority of places because it won’t sell. It’s sad to say that because I love New Found Glory and What’s Eating Gilbert, it’s just that their popularity is waning or was never really there to begin with. To be honest I would’ve held off on buying this even longer, but I grew impatient waiting because it was never marked down. I bought it for under $13 after using a promo code. I see this getting marked down even more significantly than that in the future as stock lingers.


What’s Eating Gilbert self-released a covers 7″ in 2014 entitled Come On Let’s Go. The 7″ features four songs, two on each side. The A-side has (in order) Richie Valens cover “Come On Let’s Go” and Cher/Betty Everett cover “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss).” The B-side has Roy Orbison cover “Pretty Woman” and Johnny Cash cover “I Still Miss Someone.”

Come On Let’s Go was pressed on three variants; 200 copies on green (as described in web store) / light green (as described by Chad Gilert), 200 copies on yellow and 100 copies on light blue and black haze. The light blue and black haze was a California show exclusive that Chad only sold on his brief What’s Eating Gilbert tour of California in the summer of 2014. I wasn’t even aware the tour exclusive variant existed until months after said tour ended. But it’s not like I would be able to get one anyway because that tour never hit the East Coast. The green is a mint or sea foam green in color, not the traditional green you think of, and the yellow is also light in color. All the variants are opaque as well.

A download card/code is not included with the 7″, which is my only gripe about the release. And digital files are not available from places like iTunes so you can’t listen to these songs on the go unless you’re capable of ripping them from your turntable.

This 7″ was exclusively sold online by District Lines, which was a shame because they charged more for shipping a 7″ than the actual 7″cost. They wanted $6 shipping for a 7″, basically double what it should cost. The 7″ itself cost $5, a very reasonable price, but the shipping ruined it. It likely resulted in most copies of the 7″ going unsold for well over one year. Around the holiday season in 2015, Chad Gilbert listed a bunch of What’s Eating Gilbert merch on ebay, including copies of both the non-tour exclusive varaints of his covers 7″. He was charging the same price as District Lines (Chad even had a Make an Offer option), but had $4 shipping. This is when I decided to finally buy a copy, as it was obviously cheaper than it would be from District Lines and the shipping was appropriate. Plus, the money would be going straight to Chad. After getting my copy in the mail I was shocked to see that Chad mailed it 2-day Priority Mail even though he only charged $4 for shipping. This likely set him back at least $10, making it a net loss for him. Not only that, but Chad even included free goodies on top of the 7″, including five pins, a WWF Wrestlemania V trading card, which took place in my home state (so Chad clearly put some extra thought into what he included with my package) and last but not least, a next to impossible to find copy of his SWSW Split 7″ with Octaves on white vinyl limited to 100 copies.

What's Eating Gilbert - Come On Let's Go - Copy