New Found Glory are one of those bands that almost everyone has heard of, whether it’s of their entire discography, or just the one song – usually ‘My Friends Over You’, for those who swear by Kerrang! but find their enjoyment in other subgenres of rock. Resurrection, the band’s recently released eighth full-length record, is aptly named for the fact that it is the first release since the departure of founding member Steve Klein, and arguably more importantly, it’s the quartet’s first record since signing a brand new contract with Hopeless Records which is home to All Time Low, Bayside and more.
The two previously released singles ‘Selfless’ and ‘Ready & Willing’ definitely added to the anticipation fans were feeling, and now, having been treated to the album last week, the 13-track record which at first glance seems to be an impressive offering is actually so much more than that.
The album is actually led by ‘Selfless’, which then is followed up by the eponymous track, ‘Resurrection’. The track opens with a sample; a woman’s voice insisting, “It’s not important what happens around us, or even to us: the important thing is what happens in us,” which gives listeners an idea of what not only the record is all about, but what the band themselves are all about. Scott Vogel of Terror features also on what is a powerful pop punk song, showcasing that New Found Glory are not even close to running out of ideas even after eight albums.
Fast-paced ‘One More Round’ is a tune that will taunt its audience, so it’s definitely a brilliant addition to that playlist you listen to when you’re feeling mad. Along the same lines is ‘Vicious Love’, which begins after another relevant sample, and tells a tale of a not-so-perfect romance that may be a little dysfunctional but somehow works anyway. Lead singer Jordan Pundik’s vocals are still spot-on even after almost twenty years of New Found Glory, and they’re perfectly complimented by the instrumentals that the rest of the band offer.
‘Angel’ is carried by its bass line in the introduction, and it rolls out a lot slower than its predecessor even when it reaches the chorus. It gives listeners the opportunity to really focus on whats going on as opposed to just going along with it like you have to do with a long of pop punk songs. This one is a lot more sincere, and the contrast is an interesting concept; New Found Glory’s way of switching things up to keep any audience engaged.
The last couple of tracks ‘Living Hell’ and ‘On My Own’ revert back to what you’d expect on any pop punk album, but with New Found Glory’s unique edge it sets them apart, and above, any potential competitors. If you’re looking for some nostalgia early 2000’s pop punk that will remind you of the days before the likes of The Story So Far and State Champs, this record will do just the trick. New Found Glory have truly resurrected themselves as artists – this is a comeback like no other!