New Found Glory to live on as a four piece

the-pop-punks-not-dead-tour2After 16 years, Steve Klein announced his departure from New Found Glory at the end of last year.

But band will continue on as a four piece. Billboard interviewed Chad Gilbert, and you can see what he said below.

“When we came to Florida for the cruise, we practiced for two days. We were kinda like, “Alright this is going to be our first practice as a four-piece and we’ll see how it goes.” We thought on slow songs, Jordan could play some if we needed it. And then Justin (Ksionzek), who’s my guitar tech (and road manager) and played guitar for Set Your Goals on tour, if we need it we can have him play it on the side. But after practice we were like, “It’s really not missing anything.” It sounded so good that we were like, “You know what, let’s keep it like this.” We always knew we would keep it as a four-piece. There was never any thought, nor will there be any thought or consideration to ever have a fifth member. It’s always going to be the four of us. As far as live, we’re figuring it out, but we like it better than having an extra person. It’s definitely easier to worry about us four than trying to find someone. I wouldn’t expect our fans to get used to some new member of the band. And also, we’re a punk rock band. Most punk rock bands just have a guitar, bass and drums. The Descendents, the Ramones, you name ’em, it’s just how it’s always been. A lot of our songs aren’t lacking a second part. We’re not playing intricate, shredding things where we need more. There’s not much of a loss sonically. I think a cool thing, too, is when we’re writing for our new album, we’ll be writing as a four-piece. There’s little riffs here and there. When we go home we’re going to go into full writing mode. There’s a few ideas scattered. Me, Jordan and (drummer) Cyrus (Bolooki) all live in Southern California so we’re going to be meeting up. We already announced the tour in the UK — Pop Punk’s Not Dead UK — we’re going to be announcing a fall tour pretty soon in the States. And people can expect to have a new album before that tour.”

The Pop Punk’s Not Dead Tour will be coming to the UK in November and you can check out the dates below.

15 – BIRMINGHAM Institute
16 – NEWCASTLE Academy
18 – NOTTINGHAM Rock City
20 – LIVERPOOL Academy
21 – MANCHESTER Academy
22 – LEEDS Academy
23 – CARDIFF University
25 – BRISTOL Academy
26 – PORTSMOUTH Pyramids
28 – LONDON Forum

Support will come from The Story So Far, Candy Hearts, Only Rivals and one more band TBA.