It's hard to think that 10 years ago, I went into a local FYE and picked up two records: Sum 41's Half Hour of Power and New Found Glory's self-titled album. After 10 years, let's all take a guess which album gets frequent spins. I have not seen New Found Glory play since Warped Tour 2002. For them to whip through a little over a half hour (of power) and then come back for a second set of career spanning songs...
Yeah, it was that awesome.
Taking the stage first were openers Fireworks. The last time I caught the band was on their opening slot on the Gig Life Tour last year, and I can honestly say the band sounds much better this time around. A lot of the sloppy work I heard in last year's set has been cleaned up, and for the band, more people were fist pumping and singing along to the show - very positive.
Hellogoodbye are one big bag of super nerdom wrapped in fun pop. After shaking out some older hits, the band digressed into some new material, and though I wasn't a huge fan of the band's previous work, they've definitely stepped things up. I think once we finally see a release (the band is still unsure when that will be at the time of question last night), it will take older fans by surprise, and I believe bring in newer fans as well. Promising is the word here folks.
Speaking of nostalgia, last night was the first time I had ever caught Saves the Day. In our interview, it seems, from the spirit of the band and the way they were talking about Daybreak being "Phase 2" of that particular sprawling career, the long awaited completion to the trilogy has officially been shot to the high end of my anticipated list. I think it'll be an album that will take many of us off guard, but in a very positive way. The band burned through a career of songs, and for any fan, it definitely solidified a bar of recognition and respect. I'm ready for "Phase 2."
It seems, no matter what life throws at us, pop-punk always had the answers. More than not, those answers involved girls and adolescent behavior. I guess we never grow up, no matter how hard we try. Like some continue to visit their Cure, Descendants and Mineral albums for those answers, I continue to sift through New Found Glory's catalog. The rush of the crowd said it all last night. It was younger kids only discovering the album for the first time a few years ago, and older kids like myself embracing the textbook that was the band's launching pad.
Last night wasn't about looking down at age, but regressing back to memories. Whether those memories were, or still are bitter. It's about realizing the personality you once embodied and the faults that still exist. Last night was an aura that won't be forgotten for a long time after the music progresses, bands eventually call it quits, and we continue to latch onto an eventual reunion.
Time can only tell who will still hold as a memory, or who will fade away short term. Maybe subjective isn't the word, maybe we should say music is simply heartfelt, and the music that is the most heartfelt will stand the test of time.
[ed. note: I didn't get close enough for pictures and I didn't pay attention to set lists....I was having too much fun enjoying the show.]