On Monday night, Glasgow’s O2 ABC saw American band, New Found Glory take to the stage as part of their Pop Punk’s Not Dead Tour, which was finally brought to the UK after enjoying huge success Stateside in 2011. The band’s latest offering, “Resurrection” was released last month and is the first album not to feature founding guitarist, Steve Klein.
New York-based band, State Champs took to the stage to warm up the crowd, playing a selection of tracks from their debut studio album, “The Finer Things” as well as a few tracks from previously released EP’s. Next to perform were main support act, The Story So Far who opened their set with “Empty Space” which was followed by “Things I Can’t Change”, a track taken from their latest album. The five piece from California ended their time on stage with “High Regard” which saw most of the venue singing along with vocalist, Parker Cannon.
After a short break to get thing set up, the headliners kicked off their 21 song-strong set with new track “Selfless” which had the entire venue off of their feet, before older tracks “Understatement”, “Don’t Let Her Pull You Down” and “Hold My Hand” filled the room. The foursome then went on to play “Resurrection” and “Hit Or Miss” where frontman, Jordan Pundik left the stage and sing whilst towering over fans from on top of the barrier. When guitarist, Chad Gilbert asked the crowd to go crazy, they responded with no questions asked; mosh pits opened up and crowd surfers were thrown towards the stage from every direction. “Stubborn” and “Ready And Willing”, both from the latest album, also got an airing.
Towards the end of the set, The Story So Far’s guitarist took to the stage again to play track namesake, “The Story So Far” alongside New Found Glory. “Head On Collision” and “Kiss Me” got a great reception from Scots‘ fans, however one of the bands biggest hits, “My Friends Over You” sent the audience reaction off the rictor scale when any lasting inhibitions, screaming the lyrics as loud as their throats would allow. Taking a few minutes to recompose themselves, the band returned to the stage for an encore consisting of “Sonny”, “Forget My Name” and “All Downhill From Here”. With the 17 year old band giving everything they had to make the sold out show unforgettable for the hundreds of both new and old fans that attended, it can be said, with confidence, that pop punk is certainly not dead!