Posts tagged new found glory
Posts tagged new found glory
Why? Heading to Vegas tomorrow morning for Extreme Thi..Whatever it’s called. Can’t wait to see NFG for the 3rd time this week! My heart is at it’s utmost peak of happiness right now. Plus, The Summer Set & We Are The In Crowd doesn’t hurt the line up either <3 Let me be 12 and 26 all at the same time.
So yes, NFG two times before I wrote this at Chain Reaction. Which if you keep up with the news that’s not really news, then you know that Chad for electrocuted and the first night was kind of a bust. I was pissed to hear my favorite song (“Truth of My Youth”) the 2nd night because that means it was cut the first. But you know, it was nice they played the rest of the show the best they could and didn’t just send up home with a mini-set under our belt.
Trying to get more interviews for Golden Mixtape, but people aren’t answering emails…*cough* answer please *cough* Have one lined up that I need to come up with some questions for. If you happen to like Ashland High, hit up the ol’ inbox and I might just use yours! Also have one from Sweatshirt Weather (possibly my loves of 2013 other than Paramore’s new record of course) coming up this week. Look out for that next week, along with reviews of the latest from The Material, my buddy Kurt von Stetten, Small Parks and more.
Anything else to let you in on that’s happening in my life? I’ve gotten a little too into Arrow and The Vampire Diaries. I hate to admit this, but I must. I think Klaus wants to be my boyfriend and I hope that by some chance the dude who plays him sees this and makes it happen. Also, my 13 year old niece is turning into an out of control teen. Any advice???
As always, in case you missed it:
Once bands started announcing ten year anniversary tours I kind of blanked out on any other tour and show I’d been to in 2012. First The Starting Line made 15 year old me yearn for a day when bleached blonde hair and pooka shells were considered cool.Then New Found Glory and Taking Back Sunday…How the 20-somethings rejoiced, but tossed in between all these nostalgic tours and announcements were shows I went to that made my list of favorite shows of the year. Unfortunately I went TSL after I made my list, but their second show at The Glass House in Pomona would’ve been a strong contender.
Listen in to The Gunz Show on Wednesday for how to win a skate deck signed by the likes of All Time Low, Pierce The Veil, Taking Back Sunday, New Found Glory and more that Streaker Records is giving away!
We’re in an election year. That’s apparent if you’ve been well aware of your surroundings. You can’t turn on a TV without hearing “I approve this message,” go on 9gag without a “women in binders” meme or even mention the word prop without getting a lecture. One of the issues that always pops up is gay marriage. It’s like, come on now…It’s 2012. 60 years ago I was “wrong” because I’m black and white. Do you see how dumb that even sounds? If we can live in a world where bands like We Are The Union can flawlessly marry Pop Punk and Ska and make it work on their new record You Can’t Hide The Sun, why can’t we all just be with who we want?
Everyone has a reason they like a certain band, song or style of music. For those who can concoct a real answer and not just a simple, “it’s cool,” that answer can be an elaborate look inside their mentality and more importantly, their personality. 73% of the time, for me, it’s about the lyrics. I can’t lie and say it’s a full 100% because I am a sucker for a cheesy pop song and will sing you Carly Rae Jepsen at the drop of a hat, and I also have a liking for songs about lost love even though I’m destined to be that “forever alone” dudette.
This leads me to the whole point of this piece I wrote mainly out of boredom one night as Blanche and my other Golden Girls acted as my BFFs. I grew up on Country music and appreciate the simplicity of not only the storytelling, but the heart of said stories. Yes, there are songs in Country that are downright silly, “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy,” really? But there are songs like that in every single genre. Look at Hip-Hop, you have the poetry of 2Pac and then the full on idiocracy of Lil’ Wayne. The same goes for my personal favorite, rock.
Rock, and every subgenre under its umbrella, has a reputation of being badass. It’s all about anti-the norm, bashing politics, being an outsider and of course with pop punk…relationships. But wait, aren’t some of those in Hip-Hop…Country? Yes, see…Point made. In the end all music is the same, just set to a different beat…Those Punk Goes Series proves that shit.
I just wanted to point out five Country artists who have songs that if put to the Warped Tour mainstays Bad Religion, Pop Punk kings New Found Glory and even newcomers Man Overboard’s music…Would probably garner the attention of those people who sneer at the mention of anything Country.
Back in 2002, many of the elders you see at shows and many of the bands you see today, were listening to bands that released albums that year that shaped how pop punk, punk, rock, and everything else under that umbrella is today. Alternative Press took a look down memory lane at some of these albums with members of the bands that created them, and even got insight from artists from today who were influenced by said albums as well.
As a writer who is proud to have been influenced herself by some of these albums…I wanted to get my two cents in as well…Since it’s 5pm and I’m in unemployment purgatory at the moment…
The All-American Rejects: The All-American Rejects
Freshman year I remember leaving algebra singing “Swing, Swing.” I never expected to be listening to that band 10 years later…But once I had the album; I truly knew how catchy rock could be. This album isn’t about finding yourself. There’s no deep meaning behind it. It’s a good time record that’s full of catchy shit that still makes you sing along. Yes, they’ve transformed from a Warped band to one that could be a radio mainstay. I’ll never say they sold out, because really…they’re paying their rent and that’s not something a lot of bands can’t say.
What I learned from this album: Write catchy, write forever…
Good Charlotte: The Young and the Hopeless
Good Charlotte was my transition from bubblegum pop to rock…Laugh all you want, but at the time, their music was all an angsty 8th grader needed. Then this album took them from a casual encounter on MTV late at night to TRL (young folk look it up) stardom. For me it was an album that had just enough balance of these pissed off emotions about your dad, and songs about not fitting in and being okay with it, and for that…Good Charlotte will forever resonate good memories in my head. Plus, my stockpile of GC tees are going to look so cool once I pull them out of storage, and by storage I mean mom’s shed back home.
What I learned from this album: It’s way cooler and productive to write your feelings than it is to cut yourself…
New Found Glory: Sticks and Stones
Like Good Charlotte, NFG wasn’t new to me when this album dropped, but I still appreciated everything it possessed. It wasn’t just these fast paced songs about girls and girls. It had a lot of heart to back it up. Hello, “Sonny” and “The Story So Far.” A pop punk fan can go on and on about how much NFG means to them, but I won’t…I’ll just end with; they’ve been one of the most consistent bands of my life and for that, I am grateful.
What I learned from this album: It’s okay to show some heart…
The Starting Line: Say It Like You Mean It
My BFF showed me almost every band I like today because back then she had the internet and I was clueless unless you were on MTV, The Startling Line was just another band she introduced me to. Phew! I’ve had this CD for a long time, but somewhere between the dozen dorm moves in college, I lost the actual disc but not the case….weird, I know. But when I downloaded it months ago and listened for the first time in a few years…all the words rushed back and it was as if I’d never taken a break.
What I learned from this album: No matter how young, you can make a lasting impression…
The Used: The Used
If Good Charlotte was my step into the rock realm, The Used were the band that pushed me over the edge. They were unlike any band that I liked to fill my time with. They took angry to a whole new level with Bert’s way around the vocals and I fell in love with every aspect they encompassed. I remember putting this album on at 16 and just screaming along and I really think that’s why I can do that hardcore screamy thing today (thanks to for that). While The Used aren’t my favorite band anymore, this album is one I can’t brush off.
What I learned from this album: Scream it loud. Scream it proud.
Seven months into the year and people are already starting to make “best of” lists based on everything from albums to fashion trends. I am no different. I Call Fives’ Someone That’s Not You EP has already made its mark on my personal collection. I recalled saying it reminded me of the reason I feel in love with pop punk in the first place. With their first full length, I Call Fives, that idea still reigns true. It was as if they took a course in pop punk 101 taught by New Found Glory’s Steve Klein and learned what they had to do with their words, and then headed to All Time Low’s “fundamentals with instrumentals” course and learned a thing or two about making things pop.
Sitting on the sidelines watching a shirts VS skins game at a Hollywood park listening to What’s Eating Gilbert’s The Nashville Session transforms this scene into a sock hop. I can only hope to be asked to dance…But in all seriousness this side project from New Found Glory’s Chad Gilbert is reminiscent of 50′s jukebox anthems.
Someone asked me at work if Motion City Soundtrack was pop punk. I quickly said no. Yes, they have lyrics about being a bit crazed, an outcast if you will…But the way they construct music is finer tuned. Then I was asked if they were like The All American Rejects. Another no followed. Motion City doesn’t write with radio hits in mind. So what kind of music is it? To me Motion City has always been a rock outlet with random strings of thoughts laid on a musical landscape, carefully tended to. That explains every album of theirs including the new one, Go. And while this one doesn’t pack as much of a punch as My Dinosaur Life, it’s got enough ammo to earn recognition in 2012
Jealousy is an ugly shade to wear, so many apologies to Lee Weiss of Life After Liftoff for me making him sport it. He’d been running errands all day while I was on my third episode of Boy Meets World. No major hard feelings were on the table, but we had a good laugh before we got to the nitty gritty of our phone chat.
Lee fronts Life After Liftoff, a rock band out of Ohio who has earned high praise from the royalty of their scene. He was open and honest about his past as a target of bullying due to his love of skateboarding and punk style in his Midwest town, and more, including always being the youngest among his crew at Blink 182 shows, and a tour they were approached about but that isn’t confirmed…So that topic was hushed. Other than that we got a lot in despite the batteries in the tape recorder going out a few times.
Got tix to AAR for my bday, Fireworks tix have been bought and NFG this weekend. I am a happy camper!
What shows do you guys have coming up?
Imagine having to sell an elderly man a Christmas gift for his grandson while a vulgar Rap song infests the atmosphere. That’s just one incident in I Call Fives’ bassist, Drew life in the past two weeks he’s been working at Hot Topic. And while having a job in this economy is a highlight, it can’t compare to I Call Fives being the newest member of the Pure Noise family.
After letting Drew vent about his job, we dove into the classroom. Drew assured college of the community variety, was a part of all the I Call Fives lives…but when it came time to choose between touring and transferring to a university, well you can tell which route was travelled.
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