Holding the torch passed down from such Pop/Punk powerhouses as Blink 182 and Sum 41 are the new darlings of the genre, New Found Glory. Formed somewhere in Florida in 1997, these five Punk rockers are riding the roller coaster of newfound success. With their latest album, Sticks and Stones (released earlier this year), certified gold, a summer headlining slot on the Van's Warped Tour and their own tour for the fall, New Found Glory is destined to be the newest Rock phenomenon.
Sticks and Stones is the perfect blend of Rock, Hardcore and pure Pop/Punk energy. The songs emit catchy melodies and structures, with their own trademark brand of hooks and an optimistic point of view mainly pertaining to girls and ill-fated relationships. With a campy, well-constructed song structure that's still gritty enough to stay loyal to their Punk Rock roots, the band has defiantly figured out the right approach to keep your ears glued and your feet tapping.
So whether it's the radio/MTV-friendly sound of the ex-girlfriend bashing "My Friend's Over You," the more fast-paced "Understatement" or even the crunch-filled rocking sound of "Belated," New Found Glory has a tasty recipe everyone can take a big bite out of.
Thursday at Bogart's with Finch, Something Corporate and Further Seems Forever.
— Nathan Linville