Posts Tagged ‘New Found Glory


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”


Punk Rock Revolution

Punk music has always had a warning label on it and it was always handed to you from someone in a haz-mat suit. It has been the only genre of mass music that really hasn’t been fully accepted by the world population. The word “Sex” and “Pistols” have synonymous with the birth of punk music to the mainstream. When they screamed for anarchy all music fans ran to the hills. It was a revolt against conformity and the ideal. Any youth of spirit took the revolt and punk music slowly started to steamroll in the United Kingdom. The Punk movement took a long time to travel to the United States and like any movement before it took the underground. It started with Jazz in the 1920’s and white kids would sneak and go to black clubs to hear the best upbeat jazz. The underground swing movement started in the 40s and 50s and later with rock n’ roll in the early 60s.

But punk music didn’t take its full identity for a long time especially to today’s music fans. In early 1992, a band formed, left the underground punk scene in California and smeared America with its’ Dookie. Green Day’s first LP set the stage with hit songs like “Basket Case” and “Longview” that later became anthems. With ill witted themes of masturbation, boredom and never-ending adolescence anyone felt a part of a new generation. Even though they still put on some the best shows of all time against some of the best bands today, they are today’s godfathers to the punk scene. There is only one clause to their madness. The word “punk” still scared the American public. So the record industry was up with their mischievous ways and called the genre punk rock. This allowed kids to listen to punk music because it was apart of rock genre and it dealt the punk scene a royal flush to hit the big time. This is the Pop Punk Revolution.

Well how did music become pop? We really cannot track down the Pop Punk Revolution to one single moment of cosmic boom. But we can highlight the extraordinary factors that led to this revolution and its sudden end. Like many events in this world of social media, one juggernaut held the distinct power to many bands. The MySpace Generation. Not could music fans could connect to their fiends, they could connect to the music and bands that they love. Fans from around the country discovered bands from other states and through the America. An instant phenomenon was created and small record labels were sprung up all over the new pop punk nation. By the end of 1998, another band from Southern California met and broke through the radio airwaves with a bad word, “Dammit”.

Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge and later Travis Barker of Blink -182 commenced the start of the new revolution to mainstream media. Radio, television and everyone’s once favorite show Total Request Live all held red carpets to the princes of pop punk and band that were held to small regard and touring the small punk rock clubs were hitting stadiums and the summer’s Warped Tour. Punk rock music moved into a new phase of pop punk with its love woes and teenage restitution. Jeans with holes turned into long baggy shorts and regular shirts to turned into your favorite pop punk band’s tour shirt from that year. By the release of Enema of the State, Blink-182 captivated the world with “All the Small Things” and the rest was history.

Now all pop punk fans could find their own bands from Southern California to Coral Springs, Florida. If there was a small enough record label or a former band, a new pop punk was being signed. The Pop Punk Revolution allowed for any fan to find the music they wanted and ultimately become their favorite band. This led to fans trying to find themselves in the music. In 2000, the flux of pop punk was hitting the norm. That same year the greatest pop punk record was created. That band from Coral Springs, Florida, was New Found Glory and their rebellion of an album was their self-titled LP. It included the big hit “Hit or Miss”, the anthem “Ballad for the Last Romantics” and other hits like “Sucker” and “Dressed to Kill”. The album was a glass case of emotion ready to be broken by the ears of the new pop punk revolution.

After the initial uprising of pop punk to the mainstream of music, sub genres were being created like Emo and its counterpart Screamo. Emo was a soft punk style which laid heavily and just rhythmic guitar and witty lyrics than upon the music itself. This style of music was headed by band like Good Charlotte. It became a story of cries and hardships and never depending on the good in anything. Screamo was the “trying” of bands to sound hardcore with yells for choruses and short verses over pop punk melodies. This caused hundreds of bands to become one hit wonders on the charts and never lasted long on record labels. Bands without ever proving themselves were being signed to catch the buzz of Emo music. This caused the initial fall of a lot of record labels because all the funding was up front and the bands couldn’t last. By 2007, the phases would seize to exist.

In 2004, Blink-182 would release their last studio album, “….”. It showed a grown up sense of the band that we all grew up listening to. With songs like “I Miss You” and “Always” we knew it was a sad ending until their resurgence in 2009. But it was not an end of a genre. Green Day came back on to the mainstream with “American Idiot”. A political satire of the world that we all lived in today was unleashed on the charts and radio.. Punk rock was back. Bill Joe, Tre and Mike still are rocking today and have no sight of ending soon since they are still racking up album sales and awards every year.

Fans, especially writers like to classify bands like, New Found Glory as Pop or Emo but if you ask them you will get one answer only. Hell No. They like Blink did create their sound and stuck to it. They are now torch bearing Punk Rock for many bands to follow. On their 2009 release, Not Without a Fight proves the record industry that punk rock is not dead. They are probably one of the only bands to release eight albums and never stop touring the world in the past decade. So what started as Punk revolt has now triumphed as revolution a Punk Rock revolution.


New Found Glory is Back!

From Coral Springs, Florida, a band came to be known as New Found Glory. The now famous group of Jordan, Steve, Chad, Ian and Cyrus have been battling it out with the acts of Green Day and former Blink-182. When they hit the scene 12 years ago in 1997 their future was bright.  On their fourth album they struck a hit with MCA with backing of Drive Thru Records with their self titled release. Still today this can be heard to be one of the best all time punk albums. The album broke a hit with the studio and mastered recording of “Hit or Miss”. This self titled album is easily in my top 10. Not only was it a  brilliant in its rocking way but had strong influences on their cult following. It was the album that made me play the guitar and become a punk rocker.

It was until 2002 when New Found Glory made strides to becoming the knock out heroes that they are today. In that year they teamed up with their label, Drive Thru Records, to hit the mainstream. Their lead single “My Fiends Over You” on the album “Sticks and Stones” hit the charts hot and made a following on the now dormant TRL on MTV. The album has sold over 850,000 copies in the U.S. This skyrocketed NFG in punk rock history. But it also got their names recognized with Blink-182, Good Charlotte, Simple Plan and Green Day who were all big at the time. This also came with a cost though.

“Well, when Sticks and Stones came out and we were doing that Honda Civic Tour, we were getting compared to bands like Good Charlotte and Simple Plan we were angry with that […] At that point, we were getting compared to more pop bands and we aren’t a pop band […]

After that tour in which they out played the other acts, they moved onto more albums like “Catalyst” which came with the hit “All Downhill From Here” .Now the band has become the ultimatum of the punk rock world. They had become the punk rock band’s band. Similar bands wanted to know their secrets to stay at such a rapid pace in their creative geniuses to produce such punk rock but never could match NFG’s prowess.  In 2006, NFG settled down with the release of “Coming Home” which the single “It’s Not Your Fault” debuted. It held a little softer sound on this album which presented ed the diversity that the band can play at different tempos and with more meaning.

Now for 2009 the band has made more plans to become the heavyweight champions of the punk rock world. This will be their sixth studio album for NFG as it was helped and produced with Mark Hoppus of +44 and former Blink-182. The new release is dated for March 10th and it seriously cannot come fast enough. It will be titled ” Not Without a Fight” and its sound is not only for all their fans but especially the ones who love the self tilted album of 2000. Their lead single has been released and it is called “Listen to Your Friends.” It is already on their website/MySpace in one with a cool fighting game with a pseudo-like UFC theme. Plus it’s hilarious just like the guys are in real life. So get pumped for a fuel filled punk rock album that will revitalize the punk rock world.


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.


Most Anticipated Albums for 2008

Every year means a new anticipated album list is set to be released. I have shortened a list for you to please your music listening ears. All the music mags annually try to please its readers with obnoxious lists that include artists that either will never make it or music that just sux. Maybe Alternative Press Magazine has found the solution by putting singer/songwriter, Andrew McMahon from Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin on its cover. His 2005 release, “Everything Is Transit”, was a major hit and do not be surprised if his sophomore album is even better. “The Glass Passenger” is looking to be released in late Summer or early Fall. So watch out.

The second album I must include is New Found Glory‘s new 2-disc album entitled “Tip of the Iceberg/ Takin it Ova”. It is a ship taken back in time into Punk’s crazy days. With heavy distortion and Chad Gilbert and vocals with Lead singer Jordan Pundik switching roles. It is another solid album from a long time running band.

The Third most anticipated album is another great singer/songwriter by the name of Ace Enders. The band is called Ace Enders and a Million Different People. His new CD is supposely looking to be realeased on June 24th. From his first hits with The Early November and I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody’s Business, one must see good things for Ace. His song “From A Daze” is absolutely amazing and it was recorded in his own studio basement which was just built this past year.

The fourth and most important most anticipated album of 2008 for my music listening is from my favorite band of all time, O.A.R. The new release is looking to be out July 15th. It is entitled “All Sides”. This is the second major label release from Everfine Records, and if it hits big like their 2005 studio release then watch for even bigger things from this band. Two songs from the new album are already on their MySpace page. It is going back to their old days with more musically structured songs but with better produced sound. Can’t wait to hear and go seem them on July 24th live at Charter One Pavilion. They are still the best live band I have seen.


Congrats to Drive Thru

I want to give out a short congratulations to Drive Thru Records. Once it made its home on the east coast in New Jersey, they have made it’s was to sunny Sherman Oaks, California. The small record label has brought you popular bands as New Found Glory, Senses Fail, Something Corporate, and The Early November. They have brought to you that familiar sound of pop punk and rock.

There was a recent interview in Dig magazine on one of the founders of the record label. It was a brother and sister team that brought this huge movement. Richard took an interview that was about the revolution of music on live. It included several MySpace questions. So check it out and check out all the new bands that have been signed in just this past year. Happy Ten Years DTR!!!!!!!


Pop-Punk Revolution…

I think every every high school student goes into freshman year to find one punk rock band that suits their young lifestyle. It was a way to connect to something out of the daily school routine. It also became your revolution to music, Everyone remember when you look back on those young somewhat innocent days and goes “Wow, I remember those guys.” That happened to me over 7 years ago with a band from Coral Springs, Florida. The band that is today, New Found Glory. The pop-punk band that is still influential today. The poppy love songs we still secretly listen to today had a huge effect on us. When the pop punk scene hit the airwaves we grew out of the MTV era of our lives. After I saw NFG’s “My Friends Over You” on the quite possibly worse show on Tv, TRL. I like to call it the end of music.

But without this type of music that helped us find ourselves, then we would never found the music we listen to today. We would never had taken a seat and let new music taken us for a ride.

Now the punk-pop music has moved on to more indie labeled music and bands. But to be suprised only New Found Glory has survived the past ten years of musical change with a second great cover album and greatest hits album. Now the punk pop bands are making a comeback with the indie labels themselves. Even NFG has switched ideas and are making a punk-rock album being released on Tuesday. It brings punk back to the old days of heavy distortion and metal lyrics. Also I recently heard the band, Mest, held a reunion concert this month. After they broke up they released two songs and a hit song that never made it, “Take Me Away“. Let’s hope maybe there is a chance for good ol’ punk rock can make it back like Halifax said, “Our Revolution.”

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