It's Not Your Fault

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"It's Not Your Fault"
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Single by New Found Glory
from the album Coming Home
Released July 25, 2006
Format CD single
Recorded 2006
Genre Soft rock, pop punk
Length 3:37
Label Geffen
Songwriter(s) New Found Glory
Producer(s) Thom Panunzio, New Found Glory
New Found Glory singles chronology
"All Downhill from Here"
(2004)
"It's Not Your Fault"
(2006)
"Kiss Me"
(2007)

"All Downhill from Here"
(2004)
"It's Not Your Fault"
(2006)
"Kiss Me"
(2007)

"It's Not Your Fault" is a song by American rock band New Found Glory, serving as the lead single from their fifth studio album Coming Home (2006). The track was first announced in July 2006, before the music video debuted on TRL on 1 August.[1][2] "It's Not Your Fault" was released to radio on July 25, 2006.[3] The song was later released to Modern Rock Radio in September,[4] shortly before the album was released.[5]

The single marked a musical departure for the band and was seen by critics as a step away from their usual pop punk sound, with the addition of prominent piano instrumentation.[6][7][8] According to internet radio website Last.fm, "It's Not Your Fault" is the most played song from Coming Home, with 145,000 current listeners.[9]

Composition[edit]

"It's Not Your Fault" is a rock song at a length of three minutes and thirty seven seconds, written by the five members of New Found Glory, all of whom share credits for the music composition and the lyrics.[10] The song is composed in the A Major key and has a "moderate tempo" of 129 beats per minute.[10] The band's primary composer and guitarist Chad Gilbert, notes that the song has "big, full guitars and a piano line that goes throughout. It's pretty anthemic, and Jordan's voice has never sounded better."[1] Gilbert further explained that, "This one shows how we've changed. We're a band who have done different styles of songs every record. There's some really metal riffs on Catalyst that aren't on Coming Home, and then this had some pianos. We're music fans, so we want every record to sound different".[11]

Lyrically, the song is about dealing with time apart in a relationship. The band's lead vocalist Jordan Pundik has noted, "I want people to think it's about whatever they want, but for me, it's about when you're in love with someone and you're away from them and you have an argument or a fight and it's over the phone, so you can't console them."[12]

Critical reception[edit]

As with Coming Home, "It's Not Your Fault" was warmly received by music critics. In a review for The Palm Beach Post it was noted that, "Coming Home is similar, in spirit, to the 1990s crooning of Chicago's brilliant Smoking Popes. Jordan Pundik's vocal delivery curls into sweetness, rather than a snarl. Wrapped around journal-entry cute lines on the earnestly protective pleadings of "It's Not Your Fault."[13] Rae Alexandra of Kerrang! magazine, was of the opinion that "It's Not Your Fault" displays "more maturity - and piano - than ever before. It's not fast, it's not forced, but - in an entirely new way - it sours."[14] Jack Foley of Indie London was also favorable of the track and noted "the chiming piano chords that open "It’s Not Your Fault" give way into an effortlessly inspiring song about young love that unfolds into a majestic chorus."[15]

Music video[edit]

Jordan Pundik (centre) performs onstage during the music video

The music video for the single was shot by long term music video director Brett Simon (Sugarcult, Queens of the Stone Age, The Killers).[16] The video depicts the band performing the song live on several occasions (see screenshot), in between a story being revealed in reverse chronological order. The story portrays a man and woman (played by Teddy Van Deusen and Heide Lindgren from the American reality show 8th & Ocean),[12] who wake up in bed naked together, and proceed to retrace their steps and retain their several items of clothing along the way. At the climax of the video, they end up where they first met in a record store and go their separate ways.[11][12]

The concept itself was inspired by a German mobile phone commercial.[11] The video idea came from the Axe/Lynx 24-7 spot, "Because you never know when (Getting Dressed)", that won "Gold Lion Cannes 2004" award. Chad Gilbert told Kerrang! magazine that, "It starts backwards, with a guy and a girl in bed naked, and then they put on their clothes, finding them strewn as they walk, until they get to their first meeting at the end. We just took the idea and went with it."[11] The shoot was completed in one afternoon.[12]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written, composed and performed by New Found Glory.[17][18]

US Promo[19]
No.TitleLength
1."It's Not Your Fault"3:37

Personnel[edit]

Single
Video
  • Jordan Pundik — himself, band member
  • Chad Gilbert — himself, band member
  • Steve Klein — himself, band member
  • Ian Grushka — himself, band member
  • Cyrus Bolooki — himself, band member
  • Teddy Van Deusen — boy
  • Heide Lindgren — girl
  • Brett Simondirector

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Montgomery, James (14 June 2006). "New Found Glory Find A Home For New Release — September". Music Television (MTV). Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Montgomery, James (28 July 2006). "New Found Glory Aren't Just Coming Home — They're Coming To Your Town". Music Television (MTV). Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "FMQB Airplay Archive: Modern Rock". Friday Morning Quarterback Album Report, Incorporated. Archived from the original on March 22, 2013. Retrieved October 31, 2016. 
  4. ^ "It's Not Your Fault by New Found Glory". Allmusic. 28 July 2006. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "New Found Glory Coming Home CD". CD Universe. Retrieved 17 April 2007. 
  6. ^ "NFG Feature Westword Weekly". Westword Weekly. 1 January 2007. Archived from the original on 28 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "The Lowdown - New Found Glory". Kerrang!. Archived from the original on 14 June 2009. Retrieved 29 July 2009. 
  8. ^ Bloom, Matt (March 29, 2009). "New Found Glory Will Never Say Die". Drum magazine. Archived from the original on March 25, 2012. Retrieved June 20, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Coming Home by New Found Glory". Last.fm. February 1, 2017. Retrieved February 1, 2017. 
  10. ^ a b "It's Not Your Fault - New Found Glory Digital Sheet Music". Musicnotes.com. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  11. ^ a b c d "It's Not Your Fault by New Found Glory". Songfacts. 1 May 2007. Retrieved 29 June 2009. 
  12. ^ a b c d Moss, Corey (1 August 2006). "New Found Glory Single Might Be About Love, But Video's All Action". Music Television (MTV). Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  13. ^ "NFG in the Palm Beach Post". The Palm Beach Post. 22 September 2006. Archived from the original on 28 November 2010. 
  14. ^ Alexandra, Rae (30 September 2006), "A massive departure for the pop-punkers signals the arrival of adulthood", Kerrang! (Bauer Media Group) (1127), p. 57, ISSN 1740-9977 
  15. ^ Foley, Jack (13 October 2006). "New Found Glory - Coming Home". Indie London. Retrieved 29 June 2009. 
  16. ^ "New Found Glory - It's Not Your Fault". MTV. 2 August 2006. Retrieved 29 June 2009. 
  17. ^ Coming Home (CD). New Found Glory. Geffen Records. 2006. CID1706. 
  18. ^ "Credits: Coming Home". AllMusic. 18 September 2006. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  19. ^ "It's Not Your Fault by New Found Glory". Yahoo! Music. 3 September 2006. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 

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