I’ve always liked ghey pop punk, ignorant hardcore, and brutal death metal in pretty much equal amounts. These days, that isn’t all that remarkable, but back in the day it was not encouraged– you were definitely not allowed to listen to say NOFX, Madball, and Disgorge unless you were willing to put up with the scene police lecturing you. Thanks to all the annoying punker-than-thou turds who hectored me about listening to pop-punk, I’ve always appreciated bands who bridged the gaps between genres and DGAF about that haters.
There are few better examples of that than one of my all-time favorite bands, New Found Glory. I’ve always had a soft spot for NFG since we’re about the same age and both come from the 90s hardcore scene. I don’t know any of the guys in NFG, but we have a lot of friends in common, and whenever I’ve met them, they were very nice and seem like the kind of people I’d hang out with. Like 18 Visions, I think people didn’t realize how good they were until a good 10 years or so after they started, and I am happy to see that NFG is starting to get some credit for not only being a great band, but also inventing easycore (both in name and in style).
In this post, I will share my thoughts on NFG’s career. Please tell me what you think!
The original version of “Hit Or Miss”– video definitely reminds me of being 18 and fucking around with my friends
The first NFG record isn’t very good IMO, but that’s pretty understandable since they were like 16 or 17 when they did it and recording technology back then wasn’t nearly as good as what we have today. Even so, it’s pretty funny how a lot of “I only like the demo” types these days will say it’s the only NFG album they like when I’m pretty sure the guys in the band will be the first to tell you it’s their weakest release. Another funny thing is how the guys at Eulogy tricked some idiot girl into selling them the NFG 7″ for peanuts, then Drive-Thru tricked Eulogy into selling the first LP to them for peanuts and sold 300,000 copies of it.
Note Chad’s Midtown shirt and early/mid 00′s hottie Rachel Leigh Cook in the starring role
It’s been well-documented that Chad was the original singer for Shai Hulud, but what a lot of people now don’t realize is that everybody thought he was crazy for quitting to do NFG full time. At the time, Shai Hulud was a popular hardcore band with a lot of buzz, and New Found Glory was just some gay little pop-punk band who could barely draw 50 kids when they played at some pizza parlor in Orlando or whatever. I’ve seen idiot teenagers on Absolute Punk or whatever talk about it like he “sold out” because he wanted to be a rock star or something, but in reality it was the exact opposite.
My favorite song in the early NFG catalog is without a doubt “Vegas,” although it doesn’t seem to get a lot of love
IMO New Found Glory didn’t come into their own until the first two albums, which have some of my favorite songs of all time on them. Along with Blink-182 “Enema Of The State,” they were the perfect soundtrack to my life as a 19-21 year old kid from the suburbs who was into going to the mall, fucking around with my dumb friends, and trying to get girls to like me.
Again, I think it’s important to note that these albums were not considered cool at the time. People talk about them now like they are classics of the genre, and rightly so, but back then NFG was looked at as a gay, trendy band for teenage girls, more or less like people look at Forever The Sickest Kids or All Time Low these days. I think that says a lot about how some people will hate on anything that’s popular, but I should also note that New Found Glory actually write all their own songs, unlike FTSK, ATL, and lots of other bands these days.
It blew my mind to see “My Friend’s Over You” on TRL
Back in like 1999-2002 or so I used to play music with my friend Lee, who was one of the few people I knew who also liked death metal and gay pop punk equally. We became friends because we were both into New Found Glory, Skarhead and Devourment. Half the songs were technical, brutal death metal (we were heavily into Origin, Cephalic Carnage and Hate Eternal at the time), the other half were technical pop punk (like Strung Out and RKL). His dad also had a gay sex dungeon in his basement that I saw when I went over there for a Sunday barbecue, but that’s another story. I miss that guy.
Never knew they had a video for “It’s Not Your Fault”
“Oxygen” was aptly named since it was from NFG’s “adult contemporary” phase/album, but it’s pretty fucking good song
Is “At Least I’m Known For Something” the first easycore song?? It’s basically ADTR without the deathcore vocals.
I wasn’t as into the next two albums, because they wandered a little more into “alternative rock” territory. It’s understandable that they wanted to experiment, especially since some of them got married and all that, but overall I only liked a few of the songs. What’s more notable to me is that this is the period where they began to lay the foundations for easycore (including coining the phrase back in 2002 or so). They included a few more overt breakdowns, and people started to notice. I specifically remember when Chad was on Loveline around the time “Catalyst” came out, and some little kid called in to ask him about breakdowns. “That’s weird,” I thought, “little kids know what breakdowns are?” Little did I know about the torrential flood of breakdowns that was to come!
“Dig My Own Grave,” from the Bridge 9 EP- video is a lulzy parody of all the retarded tough guy bands of the 90s, I think
“Don’t Let Her Pull You Down” is brutal– nothing like a good song about getting divorced to make you want to slit your wrists :(
As much as I love the first two NFG albums, I think the current version of the band is the best yet. Starting with the EP they did on Bridge 9, they went back to their roots as a straight-forward pop punk band, but started using a lot more “lite breakdowns.” The result is, in my opinion, the best stuff they’d done in five years. I had kind of written them off as one of those bands who would never be as good as their first few albums, but “Not Without A Fight” proved me completely wrong, and I definitely feel like it revitalized their career.
The excellent powerpop band Stereo Skyline has a line in this song that goes “Watch you dance around to New Found Glory in the front seat of my car.” Are they even old enough to drive?? Either way, they were literally shitting their diapers when NFG was releasing their first LP.
The other thing that is interesting and cool is that they’re clearly a huge influence on the current generation of bands. A Day To Remember is the most obvious example, and All Time Low is named after a line from “Head On Collision,” but you hear their name come up all the time as a seminal band. Rightly so, because they had tons of great songs, but it’s definitely very different than how they were perceived 10-12 years ago when everybody in “the scene” hated on NFG. The same goes for their peers like Saves The Day and to a lesser extent H20. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that NFG simply stuck around for so long, constantly touring and writing, when other bands from that period like, say, Get Up Kids didn’t.
What is your favorite NFG song/album? How old were you when NFG put out their first album?? Did you LOL @ Chad back in the day for quitting the highly successful hardcore band Shai Hulud to play in his small-time pop punk band? Is New Found Glory the most successful DIY band of the decade?????