It’s a triumphant time for New Found Glory. The long-running pop-punk band (vocalist Jordan Pundik, guitarist Chad Gilbert, bassist Ian Grushka and drummer Cyrus Bolooki) are out on the road on a nearly completely sold-out tour marking their 20th anniversary that finds them playing two fan-favorite albums each night.
They’ve also now released their ninth full-length studio record, as Makes Me Sick made its way to digital retailers today via Hopeless Records. Produced by Aaron Sprinkle (whose body of work includes records with Anberlin, Relient K, MXPX and more), Makes Me Sick features ten new songs that serve as the follow-up to NFG’s 2014 album Resurrection – their first without founding guitarist Steve Klein.
As a whole, Makes Me Sick is a decidedly fresh approach for the band, veterans of the scene who just spent last summer on the Vans Warped Tour on a victory lap of sorts, given their resilience over the years.
New Found Glory have dabbled with synth in the past (perhaps most notably on their single “Failure’s Not Flattering,” off 2004’s Catalyst), but it’s used abundantly on Makes Me Sick, including right at the get-go with the opening song, “Your Jokes Aren’t Funny.” After the more or less straightforward effort that made up Resurrection three years ago, the overall stylistic approach to Makes Me Sick really elevates its material as a unique addition to their catalog of music.
One listen to the song “The Sound of Two Voices” and you’ll know what that means. A rhythm-heavy jam with almost calypso-inspired effects, it’s a drastic change in direction that they haven’t quite yet attempted in their career. And Pundik’s melancholy lyrics, most notably the refrain of “I don’t know what I want/Because what I want, it might just kill me/And I won’t think of my needs/Because what I need I know there’s enough for me” really hits home.
Other standout songs include the infectious “Blurred Vision,” “Say It Don’t Spray It,” “Call Me Anti-Social” (more synth!) and the single “Party On Apocalypse.” But really, all ten songs make up a cohesive listen that stands alongside their esteemed older material very well.
Listen to Makes Me Sick below, via Spotify:
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