It’s safe to say the pop punk world is more saturated than any other scene. Few bands can admit to fueling the popularity of the genre and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"] New Found Glory[/lastfm] is at the helm. After seven albums, three gold certifications and a fan base that have stuck by the band since their formation in 1997, It’s easy to assume their next album Radiosurgery will only push [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]New Found Glory[/lastfm] further into rock & roll history.
The album gives back the energy fans may have missed from their past few albums, particularly the over-mellow Coming Home. From start to finish, Radiosurgery is a high energy race to the finish and once that last note hits on the final track, all you want to do is start it over again.
The lyrics are relatable to any fan who listens as each track deals with love, heartbreak, anger and general angst. Opening track Radiosurgery brings you in with its immediate use of a catchy NFG-esque intro that instantly attracts attention. It immediately morphs into Anthem For The Unwanted proving there is still some emotional bite left in the band.
Moving to Drill It In My Brain, it’s impossible to listen to the fast paced guitar riffs and up tempo chorus and not immediately picture an entire crowd jumping and screaming the song at the top of their lungs. It’s the typical live show push that this band is known for. Breaking up the all-male vocals on the album, the most ballad-like song Caught In The Act features Bethany Cosentino from [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Best Coast[/lastfm], an indie rock band from LA.
[pullquote quote="This album is a culmination of all of our albums put together. In a lot of ways it feels like we're just getting started." credit="Steve Klein, guitarist"] Memories And Battle Scars is in the running to being one of the best tracks on the entire album. It bears a message that love can hurt, which the chorus spells out: “I’m going to kiss you till your lips bleed, I wanna hold you so tight that your ribs break. And in the end we’ll both know who we are, a body full of memories and battle scars“. The final song, Map Of Your Body, showcases the typical New Found Glory excitement and energy but mellows out at the very end with a beautiful, catchy hook.
The entire “Radiosurgery” album bring you back to the original sounds and roots of NFG that made fans fall for the band in the beginning. It’s a quick promise to the music world, their fans and any upcoming wanna-be pop punk bands who the real rock stars are of the genre.
2. Anthem For The Unwanted
3. Drill It In My Brain
4. I’m Not The One
5. Ready, Aim, Fire!
7. Summer Fling, Don’t Mean A Thing
8. Caught In The Act
9. Memories And Battle Scars
11. Map Of Your Body