Having come off an undeniably difficult year, New Found Glory released Resurrection in 2014, an album that refined the band’s sound down to one guitar and revitalized their career. The band’s sound retained the classic pop punk feel, but added a much harsher edge throughout that had been teased in earlier releases, such as the Tip of the Iceberg EP.
With confirmation that the band is working on their next follow-up, I’m excited to hear where they are now as a group. What made Resurrection special was that it sounded like they were excited again. While I’ve fallen in love with every record they’ve released, certain eras of their career didn’t feel nearly as inspired (Radiosurgery).
Resurrection felt like it rekindled the fire that made New Found Glory the pioneers of modern-day pop punk. With the re-release as Resurrection: Ascension, even the songs that were originally cut and a liberal use of guest vocalists made it feel like the band was having fun experimenting in ways they hadn’t before.
I have reasonable assumptions of what the new record will sound like. But I’m excited to hear what a band 20 years into their career and at the height of their ability can pull off nonetheless.
by Kyle Schultz
Kyle Schultz is the Senior Editor at It’s All Dead and has worked as a gaming journalist at Structure Gaming. He lives in Chicago and yells at the rain on occasion. He also wants to play you in FIFA.