As a general rule, good bands start to suck shit after a couple albums, but since musicians have huge egos they think they are still good and keep putting out terrible, embarrassing music that tarnishes the name of their once-awesome band (eg, the new Blink-182 record) until finally the universally negative feedback gets through to them and they begrudgingly go on “indefinite hiatus.” Since they are one of my favorite bands of all time, I am happy to report that NEW FOUND GLORY is one of the few exceptions to this rule, and that their new album is awesome!
These are some awesome lyrics, clearly written by someone who’s been burned by falling for some crazy girls: “When you need a boy around you just for the summer / don’t come knocking on my door.”
The tough part about being an aging pop-punk band is staying true to your roots without embarrassing yourself by pretending like you’re still 17. I mean, you can’t really be 32 and still writing songs about skipping school, getting dumped by your prom date, and how your stepdad is an effing a-hole. On the other hand, if you take the Blink route and start playing alternative rock songs with gay lyrics about pyramids and space or whatever, that sucks too because it has nothing to do with why anybody liked your band in the first place and everybody just shakes their head like “Dudes why are you doing this?!”
Mirin the two-step part at 2:20
On the other hand, this is the same NFG you know and love: it’s still awesome, catchy pop-punk about girls, only now they write from the perspective of dudes our age. So instead of a song about how they are hopelessly in love with the girl who works at Pac Sun even though she treats them like shit and is a scandalous ho, they write about the same bish, only this time the song is about how they’re not going to fall for her dramatic bullshit like they would have 10 years ago. High school bros will still be into it, but oldfags will also be able to relate. SAME OLD NFG, GREAT NEW TASTE!
Wat u think, brahs?? Is the NFG the only 90s pop punk band that is still awesome? What is the secret to staying good for so long?? Will that girl from Pac Sun ever like me back?????