On one end of the spectrum you had the crisp Epitaph/Fat Wreck Chords/So. Cal cabal with granddaddies Bad Religion, Fat Mike sneering up front of NOFX, Pennywise, etc. and Face to Face bringing up the rear. On the other end of the spectrum was the Lookout! Records/Bay Area camp of stinkier romantics like Jawbreaker, Cringer, Sam I Am, Crimpshrine, and, yes, even Green Day in the Gilman Street days (the days prior to dropping to their knees to unzip Satanâ€™s khaki slacks). Even some Revelation bands like the Gorilla Biscuits, Inside Out and Farside were bringing hardcore closer to pop.
New Found Glory is somewhere in the middle of all that: part modern dilettante, part old school purist; part early 90â€™s reinactors, part legitimate 90â€™s era pop punk band who hopped the train a millisecond after it left the station. Theyâ€™re playing a style of music that is suffering a canned â€œX Gamesâ€ type of stigma these days, but theyâ€™re playing it well and at least theyâ€™re playing it on Epitaph and not Nickelodeon.
If youâ€™re into it â€“and, face it, when you have a few drinks and give yourself up to it, who isnâ€™t?â€”then head on out and catch them. Hell, you already know exactly what they sound like.