In a recent interview, New Found Glory confirmed that the band will be moving forward as a 4-piece after parting ways with longtime guitarist Steve Klein late last year. Here’s an excerpt from the article, which can be read in full over here:
“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 think it wouldn’t feel right. 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.”
In the article, the band said that fans can expect a new album before a fall US tour (in addition to the UK dates they have already announced). New Found Glory last released a live record entitled Kill It Live in October through Bridge Nine Records. Their last studio album, Radiosurgery, came out in 2011 on Epitaph Records.