There's a simple reason why pop-punk bands New Found Glory and Yellowcard decided on a 2015 joint headlining tour – and it's not just their complementary, razor-sharp vocals or rich and rugged guitar riffs. The biggest reason the two well-known bands decided to join forces is this: the fans.
New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert said a co-tour with Yellowcard would make "a lot of people happy," and it seems that the six-string aficionado is right. A great deal of the band's nearly 1 million Facebook followers — many of them from both bands' home state of Florida — have expressed elation over the 33-stop U.S. tour. Yellowcard fans too have plastered the group's social media with shares and likes numbering in the thousands.
The sound of both groups originated with the alternative-music scene of the late '90s and 2000s, taking after popular standouts like Alien Ant Farm, Blink 182, and even Green Day. It's a high-pitched, socially piercing sound with enough musical brute force to back it up, though it doesn't always take itself too seriously.
Though a certain cross section of millennials' earliest Yellowcard memories is likely mingled with the dimmed lights and sweet, musky scent of Hollister stores of yore, both bands have proved their tenacity. New Found Glory formed in 1997 out of Coral Springs and has gone on to release eight studio albums and a handful of EPs and covers. Its latest full-length, 2014's Resurrection, debuted at number 25 on the Billboard Top 200, and drummer Cyrus Bolooki was recently nominated for a 2015 Journeys Alternative Press Music Award for Best Drummer.
New Found Glory's touring counterpart, Yellowcard, comprises fellow Florida natives hailing from Jacksonville and also formed in 1997, though it has been based in Los Angeles since 2000. In 2014, the band released its latest record, Lift a Sail, to critical acclaim.
As a bonus to fans, a special VIP package on this tour includes a limited-edition seven-inch featuring New Found Glory's cover of Yellowcard's "Illuminate" and Yellowcard performing New Found Glory's "Ready and Willing." It's the icing on the proverbial cake of this match made in neo-punk rock heaven.
New Found Glory and Yellowcard
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 14, at Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $33.75 plus fees. Call 954-449-1025, or visit ticketmaster.com.