Release Date: Oct 4, 2011
Record label: Epitaph
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
In the liner notes of New Found Glory’s seventh album, Radiosurgery, the band proclaims in big psychedelic letters that pop-punk's not dead. It seems like an innocuous, possibly ironic statement, but after the dominance of post-hardcore and emo, it feels more like a rallying cry. In a lot of ways, it feels like pop-punk is becoming a lost art, a rarefied ability to sugarcoat heartache rather than embellish it, and that’s exactly what New Found Glory do on this album.
Review Summary: New Found Glory make a return to their former glory.There comes a time in every pop-punk band’s career when you expect them to become defunct. By nature, music that explodes with hooks and energy yet is simple enough to be immediately catchy appeals to a younger demographic. As bands age and their audience grow with them, they seemingly have no choice but to make more mature music.
Not everyone can listen to New Found Glory. Some have to be in a certain mood – even the most die hard of fans. On the group’s latest effort, their seventh in fact, Radiosurgery sees the Florida-based pop-punkers attempting to brighten one’s day, even if they’re not particular scanning through the records to listen to ’em. That’s certainly admirable.
Surely the return of [a]Blink-182[/a] should’ve been the spark that saw Lock Up Stage also-rans [a]New Found Glory[/a] explode from superfluousness. Instead, the Karl Pilkingtons of skate punk release a seventh album that advances the genre not an inch – growing pains bellowed along to ‘gnarly’ guitars and everything else that [a]Charlie Simpson[/a] made cringeworthy back in 2003. With pace set to ‘perky’, the occasionally impressive hooks of (oh yes) ‘[b]Summer Fling, Don’t Mean A Thing[/b]’ and (oh no) ‘[b]Dumped[/b]’ merge into a glossy mud from which nothing to rival ‘[b]All The Small Things[/b]’ emerges.
This review originally ran in AP 280. In medical terms, radiosurgery is a type of non-invasive surgery frequently used to treat things such as brain tumors or epilepsy. During this procedure, an über-powerful, ultra-focused dose of radiation zeroes in on the area of the brain or body affected; the ultimate goal of radiosurgery is to minimize damage to healthy tissue by only attacking the damaged area.