MAYBE I wasn’t prepared. Maybe I’d underestimated the aura of the pop punk legends from Florida, New Found Glory. But the moment lead vocalist Jordan Pundik, and his entourage entered the stage at Camden’s Electric Ballroom, you could almost feel the band’s energy simmering up to boiling point. Ever since their entrance into the mainstream in 1997, New Found Glory has continually flown the flag for the pop-punk movement, with their high intensity and catchy melodies. This performance was no exception. The venue surely wasn’t ready for this sort of crowd reaction as they stormed into their fiery archive of banging hits from ‘Catalyst’ to ‘All Downhill from Here’. I immediately lost my date to the swarming pit of NFG moshers, all under the spell of the frantic drummer, Cyrus Bolooki.
The set moved from one song to the next with blistering pace through other hits such as ‘Don’t Let Her Pull You Down’, ‘Kiss Me’, ‘Head-on Collision’ and ‘Understatement, so much so that, dripping with sweat and now wearing a torn T-shirt, I hardly realised the band had gone off stage. The crowd summoned them back for an encore, but unfortunately this proved their one let down. Their cover of The Ramones’‘Blitzkrieg Bob’, seemed kind of out of touch and was, quite frankly, a little embarrassing. However, on a whole it was great having the band back in London and re-living my youth. This certainly didn’t feel like a Reading and Leeds warm-up gig, more like a gig from the depths of genius musical mayhem.
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