The Florida four-piece have certainly got an appropriate amount of street cred for their time on the scene of course. Many credit them with being one of the pioneers of the modern pop-punk genre, and one of the groups battling to still keep the wobbling genre afloat.
The good thing about going to see the band live, though, is that it doesn’t matter how fragile a state the genre is when you go to the gig. It wouldn’t even matter if they were the only pop-punk group left on the face of the earth when you walked through the doors.
As soon as you hand over a ticket to see NFG, you walk into a time warp; entering a room where everyone in attendance seems to wish they were back in the pop-punk hay days of the early 2000s, at least for a few hours of the night.
When the group sold out the Edinburgh Liquid Room on August 26, the crowd were absolutely insane from start to finish. They knew near enough every word to every song blasted from the stage, they sang along like their life depended on it and they moshed like they’d just discovered the American pop-punk legends a couple months before.
I caught the group opening with Understatement from the top floor of the rammed venue, had moved down stairs by the time they were having a mass crowd sing-a-long to Something I Call Personality, was sneaking awkwardly past tall snapback-wearers for massive tunes Hit or Miss, Ready and Willing and a classic cover of Goo Goo Doll’s Iris, all of which were received with loving arms by the adoring crowd.
The chant back from the crowd at the start of All Downhill From Here was one of the most enjoyable, up there with Forget My Name in the encore, before fans started shouting that they wanted ancient B-side single So Many Ways played from the stage and the band, after taking a moment to remember exactly how it went, happily obliged. It’s the first time they’ve played the record in 12 years.
Finishing off My Friends Over You was an essential of course. It’s the anthem of a generation for New Found Glory, and it cued chaos around the crowded venue. A great gig, a brilliant flashback to the golden days of pop-punk, and seeing as the sold out gig was packed with rowdy revellers to the very brim, it’s a bright sign for the future of NFG as well. A very fun night indeed.