New Found Glory is a magical band that has managed to keep their youth for decades at a time. Their most recent album Makes Me Sick presents the same reliable sound that any teenager or 25-year-old can blast through their headphones. If their lyrics don’t speak to their ability to be in-tune with youth culture, their dedication to specific causes certainly do. Before their show in Los Angeles, New Found Glory is playing a Parkland benefit concert at Pompano Beach Amphitheater May 16, with Chris Carrabba and William Ryan Key. This tragedy is especially close to the band, as half of the band went to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
However, while their music captures feelings of youth – this comes with a lack of maturity and artistry. The new album is solid, yet it does not explore new topics or musical styles far beyond any previous records. The music video for the song “Happy Being Miserable” supports this with frivolous shots of people throwing up at a pie eating contest. While it does relate to the album title “makes me sick,” the video is not particularly artistic and has the spirit of a teenage boy – the good, bad, and ugly.
Ultimately though, New Found Glory is dependable and passionate so they will put on a good show no matter what. Grab your high school friends and see them at The Wiltern this summer on June 16th.
New Found Glory
The Wiltern June 16th, 2018 @ 7:00PM