Opinion: ‘Resurrection’ focuses on relationships and people

Neville Hardman

Neville Hardman

New Found Glory has been delivering addictive pop-punk choruses, gaining a collection of die-hard followers and influencing band names for more than a decade. Their eighth studio album, “Resurrection,” gives new life to the band as they dive into the next phase of their career.

The band parted ways with its founding member, guitarist and lyricist Steve Klein, in December 2013 for allegations of misconduct with a minor and possession of child pornography. It left a hole that needed to be filled, with every pop-punker watching to see how the gap would be patched. Klein provided copious amounts of lyrics to past albums and contributed to the band’s voice. It lingered a question of how New Found Glory would change without the input of the longtime band mate.

“Resurrection” symbolizes the assemblage of a different and recharged New Found Glory. Like the title suggests, the band is being resurrected into a four piece, wishing to move on from the turmoil that plagued them this year. This includes not looking for another person to replace the former guitarist, according to an interview with Alternative Press.

While not every track is a win, the album has a lot of up songs that demolish any thought that these Floridians aren’t pop-punk royalty. They rival the likes of Green Day and Blink-182.

“It’s not important what happens around us, or even to us. The important thing is what happens in us,” sounds a voice on the second track, the album titled song ‘Resurrection.’ In ten seconds, the entirety of the record is summed up. This album isn’t looking to focus on the bad history with Klein, they’re just looking for a way to deal with it.

“Ready and Willing” is rightfully the band’s most popular song on Spotify. It’s an anthem. It makes you want to thrash around like you’ve just downed five Redbulls in a row. “Stubborn” is a must-hear earworm. It gets stuck in your head and you’re continuously pressing replay until you realize 20 minutes have passed and even then you don’t care because it’s that good.

“The Worst Person” is an obvious stab at Klein with lyrics like “You would ruin relationships then post a smile and hope someone likes it.” The members of New Found Glory have a right to be angry, though and they’re more than entitled to release that through a song that could double as something written about an ex.

“Vicious Love” and “Persistent” both touch on relationships in a catchy, riff filled way. Listen to “Stories Of A Different Kind” purely because it has a classic New Found Glory feel.

Throughout the record parts where the lyrics seem lackluster, the instrumentals thrive. And when the lyrics are good, they’re actually great. New Found Glory is a band that has stuck to their element over the years. They never try to be anything they’re not.

Catch New Found Glory at the House of Blues in Cleveland on Thursday, Oct. 23.

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