23 years after forming in Coral Springs, Florida, pop punk stalwarts New Found Glory brilliantly display that there is more than enough gas left in the tank on their upcoming record Forever and Ever x Infinity. Due for release on June 19, 2020 via Hopeless Records, the band’s 10th(!) studio album shows absolutely no signs of rust. The buoyant pop punk hooks and lively vocal harmonies that have influenced a generation of bands and fans alike are available in abundance over New Found Glory’s latest fifteen track collection.
Don’t get it wrong, New Found Glory haven’t simply released a carbon copy of earlier material, Forever and Ever x Infinity confirms that the best elements of the foursome’s natural talent have been honed and perfected over the last two decades. As such, lyrical themes have evolved while songwriting has been perfected, presenting the listener with the unique elements of New Found Glory at their very best.
Album highlights include lead single, the aptly titled “The Greatest of All Time,” which names what New Found Glory are within their genre without question, along with “Stay Awhile” and “Birthday Song But Not Really.” “Himalaya,” on the other hand, showcases New Found Glory’s heavier side, reminding the listener that guitarist Chad Gilbert was a member of Shai Hulud on two occasions. At the other end of the spectrum, “More and More” is a beautiful composition bordering on a ballad, thus illustrating New Found Glory’s versatility.
While many contemporaries of New Found Glory who have managed to stay active to this point have a never-ending list of former members, the band must be commended not only for still being as relevant as when they began, but also because the quartet is comprised of original members of the band who have been working hard since 1997.
In celebration of the release of Forever and Ever x Infinity, New Found Glory will host an online concert on Friday, June 19 that will include 40 songs consisting of older and newer material beginning at 2 pm PT and 5 pm ET and tickets are $10. Following this, New Found Glory hope to hit the road across North America in April and May of 2021 alongside Simple Plan, with the support of Knuckle Puck, for the “Pop Punk’s Still Not Dead” tour. In an unforgiving industry, Forever and Ever x Infinity certifies New Found Glory’s status as living legends.