New Found Glory Never Fades

After 12 years, South Florida's best pop-punk export is still going strong.

Those fans will not be disappointed by New Found Glory's first release for Epitaph, Not Without a Fight. Much like the band itself, the album is more of the same, perhaps, but just as good as ever. The 12 tracks were produced by a contemporary pop-punk demigod, Mark Hoppus of Blink-182. Eschewing most of the effects muck-drowning the current crop of Warped Tour stars, Hoppus opted for a relatively stripped-down approach focused on the rock part of pop-rock. The grit at the heart of the songs floats back to the surface. As before, the band shines brightest with the formula it has perfected, that of anthemic melodies and sing-along choruses infused with a hint of bittersweet tang.

"Since the last album, we've had a couple of big breakups, and split from our label, and had a lot of personal struggles in our lives," Gilbert says. "But it's not meant to be all negative. It's sort of an inspirational record to try to make people get through their crap."

NFG: Still enjoying something of a cult status.
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NFG: Still enjoying something of a cult status.

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New Found Glory, with Bayside, Shai Hulud, Set Your Goals, and Verse. 6 p.m. Monday, April 13, at Revolution, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $17.50. All ages. Call 954-727-0950, or visit jointherevolution.net.

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And New Found Glory knows about survival. Not even 30 years old, the members boast careers twice as long as most acts that have reached similar commercial and critical peaks. And they intend to keep at it. "This is our sixth full-length album, and most bands only have two or three. Compared to other bands who have been around the same length of time as us, we're still younger dudes. We just love what we do, and put our band before everything else in our lives," Gilbert says. "The band will always be our number one, and I don't see it ever stopping. We love playing, so why would we want to stop?"

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