by Becky Kovach, edited by Erik van Rheenen
There is no more fitting title for New Found Glory’s new album than Resurrection. After a whirlwind of a year that left the Florida quintet down to a foursome, and a (not so) surprising signing to pop punk powerhouse Hopeless Records, it makes sense that the band’s first album since is all about rising from the ashes and standing tall.
Despite the departure of primary lyricist Steve Klein and all that’s happened since, Resurrection is still, undoubtedly, a New Found Glory album. The melodies that swirl around your brain for days, the catchy choruses, swift guitar work, and steadfast drumming – it’s all still alive and well in the 13 tracks that comprise New Found Glory’s latest release.
This isn’t just New Found Glory though – it’s a more focused band that took to the studio to record Resurrection. Noticeably lacking are the songs about bitter heartbreak - not completely eradicated, but reined in and refined. There’s the somber “Angel,” which sees Jordan Pundik scolding: “Towards the end I heard you talking to another/Two months later/you were calling them your lover/So what makes you think/That you’re better, better than anyone/You’re no angel,” amidst heavy bass. And the more playful “Vicious Love,” whose recurring melodies are reminiscent of the bridge in Sticks And Stones’s “Head On Collision.”
Some poor soul put together a YouTube video of New Found Glory’s “It’s Not Your Fault” side by side, and then during, One Direction’s “Steal My Girl.” And just cause that’s not enough, there’s also a video of Journey’s “Faithfully” so you can actually see where New Found Glory stole their riff from first!
New Found Glory are coming back with Resurrection on October 7th via Hopeless Records. PropertyOfZack is co-premiering a new track from the release today called “Stubborn” alongside AbsolutePunk, PureVolume, Buzznet, and Under The Gun. Pre-order the album here and stream “Stubborn” below!
October is nearly here, and we’re continuing 2014 with a jam-packed month of releases that PropertyOfZack team members couldn’t be more stoked to hear. In today’s new Discussion, we’re highlighting our personal Most Anticipated October Releases. Check out our list below and feel free to reblog with what you’re looking forward to as well!
New Found Glory - Resurrection (10/07)
For years New Found Glory have been your best friends’ band; guys who seemed inseparable, often releasing the kind of music that reminds you how fun being in a band can be, while also realizing all the good times of your twenties must one day cascade into being a grown up. Even when some releases weren’t pristine, their music still invoked certain feelings and feels timeless. However, life does happen, so when the band announced late last year that longtime guitarist Steve Klein was no longer a member, it was quite a shock — especially after his subsequent arrest.
While I will disagree with the band’s choice of album title with “Resurrection,” their decision to soldier on as a four piece was more than logical, and it looks like the band is ready to release a barnburner of a record. The tracks heard for far, “Selfless” and “Ready and Willing,” invoke both the band’s always youthful mindset mixed with the heavy handed fist-throwers that were emphasized on their 2009 standout “Not Without a Fight.”
There is no doubt a fighting spirit here, a move in maturity that keeps their young men identities through marriages, kids, and hard times. This isn’t about a resurrection for New Found Glory: it’s a reminder and reawakening to the MO they have served up for over 15 years. - Jason Stives
Yellowcard - Lift A Sail
Three songs have already been released from Yellowcard’s upcoming album, Lift A Sail, and one thing has been made exceedingly clear: this is not the same band that everyone has come to expect. This is a band that chose to try new things and push themselves to their limits – and the result is an album that is bolder, stronger, and more fearless than ever before.
For a well-established band to reinvent itself so far into their career is no easy feat, and it’s sad to think that many fans might not give Lift A Sail the chances it deserves because it’s such a drastic change. However no one can deny that it took balls for Yellowcard to do what they wanted versus what was expected. - Becky Kovach