New Found Glory – Makes Me Sick

20 years into their career and just in time for your summer playlists, noughties pop-punk veterans New Found Glory are back with latest record Makes Me Sick and this time they’ve added just a pinch of new-wave fizz to their much-aped formula. 2014’s Resurrection peeled back layers in favour of a more back-to-basic approach (after the departure of guitarist Steve Klein) and Makes Me Sick changes things up again without stepping too far outside of the band’s sound.

Producer Aaron Sprinkle (Relient K, MxPx, Anberlin) gives the record a familiar yet slightly more muscular sound than the rawer Resurrection and has certain helped the band fill the gaps that Steve Klein’s exit left. This is displayed on tracks like opener Your Jokes Aren’t Funny and latest single Party on Apocalypse, a track that despite it’s slightly tired lyrical tirade against the modern age, rocks as hard as anything the band have released.

It’s surprising that for a band two decades in, New Found Glory have managed to keep things fresh with almost every release, maintaining their status in a genre which seems to constantly resurrect itself. The last true reinvention of the band’s sound however was 2006’s Coming Home, which traded in bouncy pop punk for a more mature piano-led approach. On Makes Me Sick, they make the trade once more, with new-wave synths providing a concrete foundation for tracks like first single Happy Being Miserable and even taking centre stage on the punchy Call Me Anti-Social.

While Makes Me Sick provides some memorable moments and even a couple of potential live-staples, like it’s predecessor, there is nothing here quite the calibre of the band’s pre-2014 output – 2011’s Radiosurgery being the band’s last truly solid album. There are instances of uncharted territory for the NFG boys though ; the calypso-vibes of The Sound Of Two Voices and the twin-guitar and keyboard attack of Barbed Wire keeping things interesting but it’s the throwaway likes of Blurred Vision and the forgettable Short and Sweet which hold the album back from being a true standout.

Although Makes Me Sick doesn’t quite hold up against the band’s now-classic back catalogue, it still comes as a welcome shot of vibrant pop punk, ready to be blared from the car stereo this summertime.

Makes Me Sick is out now via Hopeless Records

New Found Glory announce ’20 Years of Pop Punk’ UK tour

For twenty years now, New Found Glory have been bringing you many many hours of pop punk and jams that you will always get stuck in your head. Now they are doing album centric shows all around the UK as a massive thank you to the fans for sticking around them.

You can check out all the shows and what albums they’ll be playing above, as well as a listen to what you might here below!

25 Albums That Deserve 15/20 Year Anniversary Tours in 2017

We all have the same feelings towards bands that if they did a tour that was an album-centric tour that the tickets would somewhat fly off the sites and venues would sell out somewhat quickly. We have gone through some album anniversaries for 2017 that will reach 15 or 20 years that we believe deserve to be toured in full, including some that we just want for personal reasons. All album pictures have links to hear the albums in full! Get ready to feel old..

0045778648764-png-925x925_q90The Offspring – Ixnay On The Hombre (February 7, 1997)

If you love your punk rock fast and aggressive, then this was an album that you most likely enjoyed back in the day. If you just loved playing Crazy Taxi, then you’ll get the joy of knowing you’ll get to hear ‘All I Want‘ during the night! A great inspirational album that will have no doubt given its due.

tellallyourfriendsTaking Back Sunday – Tell All Your Friends (March 25, 2002)

Being the first record from your collection is always a major triumph, which could be said for this alt rock/post hardcore outfit. Songs such as ‘Cute Without The E (Cut From The Team)‘ are a surefire way to get you feeling to when you were back in school just hating the world you lived in.

Killswitch Engage – Alive Or Just Breathing (May 21, 2002)killswitch_engage_alive_or_just_breathing

The album that most likely boosted Killswitch into a stardom before now current again vocalist Jesse Leach departed, tracks such as ‘My Last Serenade‘ made the 00’s metalcore era rejoice in something powerful and melodic mixed with metallic fuelled aggression of ‘Fixation On The Darkness‘ to get you headbanging all night long!

get_someSnot – Get Some (May 27, 1997)

Whilst a lot of people wouldn’t want this to happen as it wouldn’t feel the same without the original vocalist who passed away only a year later after the album release, A fitting tribute to one of the most unique bands of the time and to the unforgotten memory of Lynn Strait we feel would be breaking out the full album one last time to celebrate 20 years of something special.

Good Charlotte – The Young And The Hopeless (October 1, 2002)the_young_and_the_hopeless

Now who doesn’t remember when ‘Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous‘ burst into the radios and TV channels of kids and teenagers alike and felt like they got immersed in this pop punk angsty world they were showing? Also with tracks like ‘Girls & Boys‘, this album surely needs a proper placement on a tour, even for the newer fans to appreciate its mark on older culture!

sourcetagscods …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Source Tags & Codes (February 26, 2002)

For many fans of math rock and alternative, this album being played live will be a dream come true for many fans of the genre. The gripping, anthem raging tracklist going from beautiful melodies laced in through every single song that you can’t help, even if you’re a new fan, to appreciate songs like ‘Heart In The Hand Of Matter‘ and its amazing arrangement from start to finish.

Green Day – Nimrod (October 14, 1997)green_day_-_nimrod_cover

18 songs of a beautiful punk/pop punk record that also gave you one of the biggest acoustic anthems of the 20th century. Even with tracks like ‘Nice Guys Finish Last‘ and being a more poppy style to punk with the polar opposite being ‘Take Back‘ sounding like a more aggressive Dead Kennedys song, this album needs its own tour appreciation with a big selection of venue-smashing bangers.

rhcp9Red Hot Chili Peppers – By The Way (July 9, 2002)

By seeing the title of this album, you already know what song is going to be the main feature if they did this record as an album tour. With other main features as well linked to this album including the ever-so-triply ‘The Zephyr Song‘, you feel that whenever they go and do this record you won’t be able to stop dancing, especially during ‘Can’t Stop‘.

 Finch – What It Is To Burn (March 12, 2002)whatitistoburn

Wait.. this won’t happen? They’ve apparently broke up? Well that might be a bummer. A lot of people would have loved to hear them do a 15 year anniversary to their debut record, hearing the title track and ‘Letters To You‘ burst through for the casual fans as well to get a piece of. Being an iconic moment of history for Finch, it would be pleasant to come back for a full debut-album tour.

rammstein_-_sehnsuchtRammstein – Sehnsucht (August 25, 1997)

Bringing a strong german element to this list is the almighty Rammstein. A lot of people might not know that ‘Sehnsucht‘ will reach the big 20 next year and wanting them to go back to their last 90’s roots for their second released album is definitely on the minds of fans. ‘Engel‘ and ‘Du Hast‘ are some of their main staples anyway, but imagine hearing ‘Büch Dich‘ on a regular basis in a set?

New Found Glory – Sticks And Stones (June 11, 2002)newfoundglory_-_sticksandstones

More pop punk can be added to the list of albums that would be deemed ‘fit to tour’ with one being by this Florida based band. Including the popular singles such as ‘My Friends Over You‘ and ‘Head On Collision‘, you would also get to hear bouncy and punk revellers like ‘The Great Houdini‘ for probably the first time in 10+ years, and who doesn’t want that?

atreyu-suicidenotesbutterflykissesAtreyu – Suicide Notes And Butterfly Kisses (June 4, 2002)

Another debut record on the list, showing off more metalcore as well is Orange County’s own Atreyu with the tracks that would get you moshing back in the day. With a couple of nostalgic feelings towards their tracks, ‘Lip Gloss And Black‘ is a definite highlight out of the lot for every kind of fan. Strong riffs and even hidden gems like ‘Deanne The Terrorist‘ will get the crowd smiling and moving!

Incubus – S.C.I.E.N.C.E. (September 9, 1997)incubus_science

Carrying on with their funk metal flavours from the first record, ‘S.C.I.E.N.C.E‘ picks up the maturity a whole lot more with this record. ‘A Certain Shade Of Green‘ goes nuts when it plays through on that record with bouncy guitar elements and DJ scratching out the wazoo! If you ever thought of smashing together Snot and Limp Bizkit together into a record, this is it.

let_go_coverAvril Lavigne – Let Go (June 4, 2002)

Let’s be honest, whilst this is probably the one that would happen the least on the list, but if there was ever a chance in this world where you would purchase a ticket to see the songs ‘Complicated‘, ‘I’m With You‘ and for most important to people, ‘Sk8er Boi‘ live in an arena setting would make many fans young and old have their dreams come true. Maybe we can dream, hey?

My Chemical Romance – I Brought You My Bulli_brought_you_my_bullets_you_brought_me_your_love_coverets, You Brought Me Your Love (July 23, 2002)

Okay, I may have told a little fib on the previous album, THIS is the least likely to be an album anniversary tour. With no signs of the band returning, its likely this will never see the light of day. If the band ever did do this tour though and reunited, we imagine many small club shows and going back to their roots rather than try pull this off in a main arena atmosphere. Once again, the emo’s must unite!

 Blink 182 – Dude Ranch (June 17, 1997)blink-182_-_dude_ranch_cover

Being the second album in this bands discography, this was another step forward in the right direction for the three piece! With fast paced jams such as ‘Dammit‘ to the slower emotionally charged tracks like ‘I’m Sorry‘, it was another way of showing off each members skill and prowess in what they did. It might not be as recognisable as ‘Enema Of The State‘, but goddamn its a must listen!

hatebreed_satisfactionisthedeathofdesireHatebreed – Satisfaction Is The Death Of Desire (November 11, 1997)

Widely regarded as the album that boosted their popularity into the mainstream, this debut is a solid hardcore classic with tracks that are short in aggression and lyrics that are very highly relatable. Plus in a small 400-500 size room, ‘Driven By Suffering‘ and ‘Mark My Words‘ would turn an otherwise normal hardcore show into a sea of bloodshed and crowdkillers which, 20 years on, is what it deserves.

bowlingforsoup_drunkenoughtodance_2002Bowling For Soup – Drunk Enough To Dance (August 6, 2002)

Back to even more pop punk than you can handle, Bowling For Soup released this back in 2002 and a couple of the tracks that were released must have had a little singalong effect on you, whether it was ‘Girl All The Bad Guys Want‘ or ‘Emily‘. Whilst it might not have some of your favourite songs from future albums on it, this is a definite ‘blast to the past’ moment for the pop punk genre amongst the others!

Stone Sour – Stone Sour (August 27, 2002)stone-sour-4e9a3323cd936-300x300

So it’s probably upsetting to think that Slipknot might never do an album centric tour no matter how much we might all plead them to, but… what about Stone Sour‘s debut self titled? It has some amazing emotional tracks like ‘Bother‘ and ‘Inhale‘ as well as crushers such as ‘Get Inside‘ and plus, hearing a band where they first began from in full is always a sight to behold!

third_eye_blind_self_titledThird Eye Blind – Third Eye Blind (April 8, 1997)

Another self titled debut for you all to jump around at excitement for its 20th birthday is the debut self titled from this alt rock/post grunge group who shot into the atmosphere with amazingly powerful mainstream tracks like ‘Semi Charmed Life‘ blasting through the radio and ‘Jumper‘ following suit. This record is a must watch live if they ever get around to doing it next year.

500x500Glassjaw – Worship And Tribute (July 9, 2002)

Bringing another powerful post hardcore/experimental rock record to be the second in their arsenal was Glassjaw and even though you probably hear so many of these songs in their set already, its hard to think they miss out songs like ‘Cosmopolitan Bloodloss‘ in their repertoire, making an album-centric tour or shows for them absolutely vital for the diehard fans of this group.

Foo Fighters – The Colour And The Shape (May 20, 1997)foofighters-thecolourandtheshape

Being a Foo Fighters album must be tough this day and age with every one of your fans either arguing which is the best album and you having someone to put your case forward, most likely poorly. What is cool about this record and its 20th anniversary is that alongside ‘Monkey Wrench‘ and others, it gives you that older side of Dave Grohl that not many people are used to seeing.

Deftones – Around The Fur (October 28, 1997)deftones_-_around_the_fur

Around the earlier part of this bands career, they brought a very strong nu metal/alternative metal vibe and that could also be said for this 1997 record. Tracks like ‘My Own Summer (Shove It)‘ and ‘Be Quiet And Drive (Far Away)‘ show a little bit of a different scale from each side of this album. Bring something old and much loved to a nostalgic filled crowd is a must see from Deftones.

away_from_the_sun3 Doors Down – Away From The Sun (November 12, 2002)

If you don’t like bands in the same vein of Nickelback and Creed, then this album will be a big definite miss for you, but for those who love that kind of guilty pleasure, then this release from 3 Doors Down will definitely have you in your feelings with tearjerker ‘Here Without You‘. Bringing an amazing element of alt rock/post grunge, this album is a nice touch to the 2002 market.

Insane Clown Posse – The Wraith: Shangri-La (November 5, 2002)icp_joker6_shangrila

Speaking of guilty pleasures, giving off that old school hip hop/rap metal and not giving a fuck what people thought of them was Insane Clown Posse. This album is no different, from ‘Homies‘ with its upbeat backing beat to the Eminem diss track ‘Aint Yo Bidness‘. Whilst it might not be the most popular group/album, it would bring in a lot of fellow juggalos together for something special.

A Day To Remember announce one more tour support.


The A Day To Remember UK arena tour that was announced earlier this year as somehow gotten even better with the addition of one final support.

The tour that announced Neck Deep and Moose Blood in the early parts of last month, has now announced that Pop-Punk giants New Found Glory will also be joining them on what is set to be an amazing way to kick off 2017.

The full tour poster below:


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WSTR release new music video/song ‘Footprints’

Pop punk has been ever thriving in the UK ever since bands like Neck Deep burst onto the scene and make a huge impact. Bands like WSTR are now producing some cracking hits to make the entire scene proud of them, including their newest song ‘Footprints‘. You can check out that new song below!

Their new album ‘Red, Green or Inbetween‘ will be released on January 20th via No Sleep Records.

Boston Manor Stream New Song “Fossa”

Blackpool’s Boston Manor release their new single Fossa taken from the bands debut album Be Nothing out 30th September via Pure Noise Records, the track can be viewed below.

The album is produced by Neil Kennedy (Milk Teeth, Creeper, More Than Life) and mixed by Kyle Black (New Found Glory, Set Your Goals, All Time Low).

Boston Manor are also keeping busy with a run of headlining, acoustic and supporting tour dates to Moose Blood more details are below.

Acoustic In Store Performances:
September 28th – Banquet Records, Kingston
September 30th – HMV, Blackpool
October 2nd – HMV, Liverpool

Moose Blood tour:
October 3rd – Institute 2, Birmingham
October 4th – The Garage, Glasgow
October 5th – Academy 2, Sheffield
October 6th – Y Plas, Cardiff
October 7th – Koko, London
October 8th – Academy, Manchester

Headlining Tour:
November 18th – Underground, Plymouth
November 19th – Joiners, Southampton
November 20th – Louisiana, Bristol
November 21st – Basement, Nottingham
November 22nd – Cellar, Birmingham
November 23rd – Audio, Glasgow
November 24th – Think Tank, Newcastle
November 25th – The Key Club, Leeds
November 26th – Sound Control, Manchester
November 27th – Studio 2, Liverpool
November 28th – Leadmill, Sheffield
November 29th – The Owl Sanctuary, Norwich
December 1st – Boston Music Room, London

Boston Manor Announce Their Debut Album

Boston Manor have announced that their debut album Be Nothing will be released September 30th via Pure Noise Records. Pre orders for the album are available now. 

The album has also been announced to have been produced by Neil Kennedy (Creeper, Milk Teeth, More Than Life) and mixed by Kyle Black (New Found Glory, Set Your Goals, All Time Low). 

Boston Manor have also announced their first full UK tour with support from Moose Blood, dates are below:
Fri 18 Nov  Plymouth – Underground
Sat 19 Nov  Southampton  – Joiners
Sun 20 Nov  Bristol  – Louisiana
Mon 21 Nov  Nottingham  –  Basement
Tue 22 Nov Birmingham  –  Cellar
Thu 24 Nov Newcastle – Think Tank
Fri 25 Nov  Leeds  – The Key Club
Sat 26 Nov Manchester – Sound Control
Sun 27 Nov  Liverpool – Studio 2
Mon 28 Nov  Sheffield  – Leadmill
Tue 29 Nov  Norwich  –  The Owl Sanctuary
Thu 01 Dec, London – Boston Music Room

Their first single Laika can now be listened to in full below