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A “New Found Glory” Anniversary

A decade ago one album was created that once you started you could not stop playing over and over again. Not only was it a great album but it captured a moment in time for music. Yes there have great artist like Jay-Z, Radiohead and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band that have released unbelievable albums this past decade but few can put you in moment of relevance with an age of music. We are quick to judge anything and in that case, anyone.  Few albums have a power that sticks to your musical connotations and when hearing a song from this album you become paralleled to another universe in your memory. It floats you back to a time of an unreal subconsciousness that makes you feel resonating thoughts of past events in your life. That is the power of a great album. Every decade there are only a few truly great album that amazes one’s ears to the heavens or the band’s majesty.

To create a great album words, choruses and melodies do not appear in a synchronized music sheet which is set to record.

How does any writer or self-genius music fan understand what ramifications make a great album? Well it has to include one sound unlike few bands can match and the entirety of the albums holds conformity. Today, music listeners get infatuated with two songs and called an artist the best or entitle him to some best record pedal stool. Well that’s shit covered fight that our record industry sits. A great album stands like a testimate to time. To you writers who declare albums great that only include songs that are somewhat noteworthy, I flip the bird to your columns and would gladly throw you in a mosh pit any day. . Even though it has aged, we can blow the layer of dust of the cover and listen to each track with a disillusioned hypnotism of musical prowess. Each song resonates with a jolt of energy as you listen to the artists heart and colorful lyrics make sense to its theme. When we could never put words together to tell a story we usually look to a mix-tape to tell our emotions and past lives.

An album entitled, New Found Glory, was born onto the world an amazing 10 years ago. Songs about the love heartbreaks and aches, muses and ex-girlfriends were broken into a picture perfect album. It became the bible of anthems of how to deal with heartbreak of a generation of punk rock music. With this record, we were given an anthem, a major-radio hit and a list of songs to last a lifetime. To make an entire record sound like a story a late teen to college student’s love life is impossibly. Few songs can capture a moment let alone a heartache story. But New Found Glory could not only put their efforts on to paper but match melodically in guitar and rhythm. They were the 20 year-olds trying to make a statement by signing onto a new label called Drive-Thru Records and toured the nation. Everywhere they went they had a crowd of legion of NFG fans.

In 2000, MCA Records joined with Drive-Thru Records to release the current quintet of Jordan Pundik, Steve Klein, Chad Gilbert, Ian Grushka and Cyrus Bolooki, major album release up on the world. Their first major release stayed on the Billboard Top 200 charts for a streak of 21 weeks. The punk rock band from Coral Springs, Florida, blazed a trail of stardom. From their 1999 release, Nothing Gold Can Stay, they made one of the biggest and quickest improvements from one album to the next. The self-titled album set the punk rock world in a friendzy.Alternative music had a new force to be reckoned with on the charts. The 12 songs on record were an infectious riot of love strong anthems to hearts and ears to whomever listened. And listened they did. That same year they were to set tour with the torchbearers of punk rock music, Blink-182. They were next in line to be crowned the best in the alternative music.

Their first single, “Hit or Miss”, hit number #15 on the Modern Rock chart. This righteous story of self preservation and angst stole the attention of fans across the nation and the world. New Found Glory began playing sold out shows everywhere and every fan new every word to the whole album. Every song was storybook into any life of NFG fan and soon they would become a band of a generation.

10years later, this storied quintet of unbelievably gracious guys have set to tour again with friends Saves the Day, Hellogoodbye and Fireworks. Except they want to give back to their fans like Bruce Springsteen and Jay-Z have done in the past. They will play their most influential album front to back to honor one of music’s greatest albums.  They will play the entire set and I am sure with other great hits off the other ten albums. Not only are they performing this unbelievable album on their next tour but they are set to re-release the album with b-sides, bonus tracks and DVD. So get because this is the “Ballad of the Lost Romantics”


senses fail kicks back

A few years ago when Drive Thru Records came out with a band that embodied a new revival of punk rock. It was not the same sound of the pop punk sound that is used to describe Something Corporate, New Found Glory and The Early November. On the release of DTR’s first compilation DVD, they showed a home made music video of their first single, “187”. The band was called Senses Fail. The band was formed in early 2002 and reached instant success. In 2004-2005, they released their second album entitled, “Let It Enfold You”. Its first single was released on Drive Thru’s sampler in late 2002 called “Bite to Break Skin”. It was a punk rock song that indeed have the bite. The album was released on Vagrant and Drive Thru Records. And it is till one of my favorite records that I actually own.

But later in 2005, one of the guitarists left and was replaced by former band member of Midtown, Heath Saraceno. Midtown was a former Drive Thru band that had broken up but they were still a great punk pop band that even had one of their songs be the first MTV Real World/ Road Rules: Battle of the Sexes theme song. Anyway by 2006, they released their third album, “Still Searching” The album reached #15 on the U.S charts and #2 on the U.S. Indie charts. Two main songs came off this album in “Calling All Cars” and “Can’t Be Saved”. This album continued on where their sophomore release left off. With the release came tours with other great bands like New Found Glory and From Autumn To Ashes. Recently their third album has been just released and it still has that same bit and pleasure. It is called “Life is not a Waiting Room”. The album does have a more serious base as the band gets older but it still rocks. So check them out and see their lives sets as well. They sound great and always put on a great show too.

July 2018
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