|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
Following their breakout debut self titled album as well as being dubbed “one of the year’s best” by Kerrang! Magazine, Vukovi have revealed a thought provoking new video for their single, ‘Weirdo’ focused around cyberbullying and have also confirmed UK headline tour dates beginning in May as well as festival appearances.
All of these things are listed/viewable below!
5 London, Scala (Facedown)
24 Edinburgh, The Mash House
26 Newcastle, Jumpin Jacks
27 Birmingham, Slam Dunk Festival Midlands
28 Leeds, Slam Dunk Festival North
29 Hatfield, Slam Dunk Festival South
31 Southampton, Joiners
1 Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
2 Norwich, Open
5 Guildford, Boileroom
7 Tunbridge Wells, The Forum
7 Cheltenham, 2000Trees
21 Oxfordshire, Truck Festival
28 Derbyshire, Y Not Festival
4 Inverness, Belladrum Festival
26 Reading, Reading Festival
27 Leeds, Leeds Festival
If you’re looking for some music from Hey Violet, then you’re in luck with them releasing a new track as well as a bunch of UK tour dates they’ll be playing.
You can check out all this goodness below!
8TH – LONDON, THE GARAGE
9TH – GLASGOW, O2 ABC 2
10TH – MANCHESTER, SOUND CONTROL
With the sadness over them not being able to make it over this year, it looks like With Confidence will be right back on the saddle for February and March! With support from Broadside (UK Only), Safe To Say and Milestones, this will be a nice bubbly underground pop punk tour for you all to enjoy. Check the band out below as well as the dates!
‘Better Weather’ UK & European Tour, 2017
Feb 24 – London, UK – The Underworld
Feb 25 – Southampton, UK – Joiners
Feb 26 – Bristol, UK – Exchange
Feb 28 – Leeds, UK – Key Club
March 01 – Manchester, UK – Sound Control
March 02 – Glasgow, UK – King Tuts
March 03 – Newcastle, UK – Think Tank
March 04 – Nottingham, UK – Basement
March 05 – Birmingham, UK – Asylum
March 06 – Norwich, UK – Epic
March 08 – Cologne, Germany – MTC
March 09 – Hamburg, Germany – Hafenklang
March 10 – Frankfurt, Germany – Nachtleben
March 11 – Berlin, Germany – Musik + Frieden
March 12 – Leipzig, Germany – Naumanns
March 13 – Vienna, Austria – Arena
March 14 – Milan, Italy – Legend Club
March 15 – Luzern, Switzerland – Schuur
March 16 – Paris, France – L’espace B
March 17 – Gent, Belgium – Charlatan
March 18 – Eindhoven, Netherlands – Dynamo Basement
Power pop punk group Love Zombies are bringing the celebrations in this latest music video. The track ‘Birthday‘ is full of bounce and rock with a video full of balloons and party streamers. Fun to watch on any occasion, you can check out the video below! Their new album ‘Passionfruit‘ will be released early next year!
Paramore are teasing more and more about their time in studio, this time looking like that vocals are completely done for a new record. Who knows when this will be released? We here hope soon, but you can check out the instagram post below!
If you like your alternative/pop punk in the vein of Real Friends and Knuckle Puck, then you will definitely want to check out the latest track from Chicago’s own Sleep On It. Bringing it full on with infectious leads and a huge chorus, this will definitely put them somewhere on the map in the genre. Check out ‘See You Around‘ below!
They have a new EP out in the next few days titled ‘Lost Along The Way‘ via Equal Vision Records.
One of the most infectious pop rock bands this century has got to be The Summer Set. Whether you love them or hate them, the band can make any occasion sound like summertime with their music as the background to your life. They have released a live video from their time in The Village of one of their new album tracks, titled ‘Missin’ You‘. Have a listen below.
Their latest album ‘Stories for Monday‘ is out now and available at many online retailers and stores.