November 19, 2013 New Found Glory, Alkaline Trio, & H20 evening of fun at Starland Ballroom Sayerville, NJ 11-8-13 (Exclusive Coverage)
When you think of high school and all the good times you and your friends had, all the times you just sat home watching American pie movies or MTV, chances are a few epic pop punk bands come to mind. Chances are one of those were New Found Glory. Forming in 1997 in Coral Springs, FL; they have been tearing it up ever since with seven studio albums, three EP’s, three cover albums, and a live album. Around the same time New Found Glory was getting started, another band in McHenry, IL by the name of Alkaline Trio began as well. Fast forward almost 2 decades later and the two are touring mates. Alkaline Trio has a cult like following of fans which has assembled over the years. These alternative rockers know how to keep it new with nine studio albums with their most recent being My Shame Is True. Joining the two bands along for the ride is 90’s punk rock act H20. What a perfect setting for a Friday evening in November at Starland Ballroom.
H20 started the evening in style. Originating in New York City, Starland Ballroom is close to home for the 5 piece band. Keeping the same core line-up since 1996, these guys have won the hearts of pop-punk and hardcore kids alike with their brand of music best described as aggressively fun. With 6 albums to their credit, their most recent Don’t Forget your Roots (2011) really sums up this bands mindset. They are here to play music, whether it is to five people or five thousand. They kill it on stage and interact with the crowd on every opportunity given. Keep looks out for their new album reportedly going to be recorded early next year.
After a brief intermission Alkaline Trio were summoned to the stage. The song “Cringe” started off Alkaline Trios set, with them arriving on stage with their staple bowler hats and matching heart and skull varsity jackets. The roar from the audience was deafening as it was clear their occult fan base was there to welcome. Feeding off of this immense energy, they rocketed through an eighteen song set including fan favorites “take lots with alcohol”, “Sadie”, and “Young Lovers”. These veterans of rock did a spot on performance and it’s highly recommended you seeing them either on this tour or if you are overseas in the United Kingdom this winter/spring.
The lights went low, the crowd clamored and then it started…”All downhill from here”. This being one of the most recognized anthems from 2003, it leads into a slew of huge catchy hits from the powerhouses themselves New Found Glory. Touching on songs from every album in their career, they nailed each one. The guys also mixed in some interesting cover tracks such as Aerosmith’s “I don’t want to miss a thing” and Sixpence None the Richer’s “Kiss Me”.
New Found Glory’s set was best described as pure energetic fun, one which you couldn’t help but smile and sing along the entire time. Front man Jordan Pundik flew across the stage and into the audience which really made for a fan involved special event. Bassist Ian Grushka made as many funny faces towards the photographers as humanly possible, adding a wonderful sense of humor to things.
For most in attendance the night felt like they were all in high school again, coming together and partying, throwing every difference aside and being one together. That’s how music should be, and that’s what New Found Glory’s been about all these years, and without a doubt they have perfected it. If you are looking for a fun filled night of music, go grab yourself a ticket and have a night that will bring you back to simpler albeit crazier times!
Written by Jesse Murch