After 20 years of making music, New Found Glory are definitely one of the most well known names in the pop-punk scene. Their energetic style has influenced a whole new generation of pop-punk that has come after, including bands such as A Day To Remember, All Time Low, and more recently, Neck Deep. But eight albums and two EPs on from their inception in 1997, does their old-fashioned style of pop-punk still hold sway among the plethora of great new bands in the scene? Well I’m here to answer that question.
The band starts just as energetically as ever on opening track ‘Your Jokes Aren’t Funny’, with a massive chorus that will no doubt be echoing throughout venues all around the UK soon enough. But there is something new here. During the verses, a synthesiser is cleverly used to create a much richer sound. This is a welcome addition, and it is nice to know that twenty years into their career, they are still freshening their music up with new changes. However the next song, ‘Party on Apocalypse’ harks back to their old days, with a big chunky riff leading up to another huge melodic chorus, which could easily have fit on one of their earlier albums. ‘Happy Being Miserable’ is a personal favourite of the album, blending the new sound, synths and all, with a bit of classic pop-punk. Seriously, if you haven’t listened to this song, do it – you won’t regret it, although it will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day. Another incredibly catchy song is ‘Barbed Wire’, complete with yet another soaring chorus set to ignite crowds across the nation. This seems to be a speciality of the album. Finally, closing out the album is ‘The Cheapest Thrill’, a close second to my favourite song on the album, and a bit more of a complex composition, without losing any of the catchiness or charm of the rest of the album.
Overall, Makes Me Sick is a brilliant effort from one of the older bands on the rock circuit, and it baffles me how a band going on for so long can keep churning out such quality content. Not that I’m complaining though, I’ll readily welcome this new addition to the already huge arsenal of quality music New Found Glory have built up over the years. And to their credit, they continue to change their sound, bringing in slightly more complex sounds and even the odd synth or too to enrich their music. This album is very solid, and should definitely be remembered as one of New Found Glory’s better albums.
Best Song: Happy Being Miserable