Monday, November 07, 2005

Live: A New Found Glory + Simple Plan

Coral Springs, FL punk-pop band A New Found Glory formed in the summer of 1997, comprising vocalist Jordan Pundik, guitarists Chad Gilbert and Steve Klein, bassist Ian Grushka and drummer Cyrus Bolooki. Renowned for their energetic live shows, the group toured up and down the East Coast, quickly selling out the entire pressing of their debut EP All About the Girl. The full-length Nothing Gold Can Stay followed in 1999; A New Found Glory signed to major-label MCA soon after, re-releasing the album that autumn. The EP From the Screen to Your Stereo followed in the spring of 2000, heralding the release of the full-length New Found Glory later that year. A high-profile tour with blink-182 and an appearance on the Warped Tour helped them gain more exposure, and they stepped back into the studio at the end of 2001 to work on the follow-up. The results were released in the summer of 2002 as Sticks and Stones. The Stones single "My Friends Over You" was a huge hit, and helped snag NFG a headlining spot for the 2002 Warped Tour jaunt. After the tour and its resulting hype, A New Found Glory re-entered the studio with a newfound restlessness. The result, issued in May 2004, was Catalyst, which found the band's sugary punk-pop steeped in influences from hardcore and thrash to keyboard-y new wave.

A New Found Glory - Live At Hovet Stockholm Sweden 10-09-04

The Montreal-based punk-pop group Simple Plan is comprised of high school pals Pierre Bouvier (vocals), Jeff Stinco (guitar), David Desrosiers (bass), Sebastien Lefebvre (guitar), and Chuck Comeau (drums). The five-piece initially came together when Comeau and Bouvier founded Reset at age 13. Reset was a modest success in Canada, touring the country with fellow punkers MxPx, Ten Foot Pole, and Face to Face. A debut album followed in 1997, however Comeau bowed out quietly to attended college. Two years later, Comeau let his studies take a back seat in order for he, Stinco, and Lefebvre to start making music. Bouvier was still in charge of Reset during this time, but grew tired of being both a frontman and a guitarist. He and Comeau reconnected at a Sugar Ray show in late 1999 and it wasn't long until Bouvier was back with Comeau and the rest of his motley crew. Desrosiers, who replaced Bouvier in Reset, was asked to join Comeau and his pals, and Simple Plan was born. They landed show dates with the annual Vans Warped Tour in 2001 as well as spots with Toronto's Snow Jam. By now, Simple Plan had a spunky, energetic punk sound. It was textured like Cheap Trick, but raw like Pennywise. In 2002, Simple Plan headed into the studio to make a record. Good Charlotte's Joel Madden and Mark Hoppus of blink-182 joined Simple Plan during those sessions and the end result was the fiery, fun No Pad, No Helmets...Just Balls, which was released in spring 2003 on Lava. The group took home a 2003 MuchMusic Video Award for People's Choice "Favorite Canadian Group" in June. Their Bob Rock-produced second album Still Not Getting Any… followed the next year and did quite well, scoring the hits "Crazy" and "Welcome to My Life." In 2005 Simple Plan issed Live from the Hard Rock.

Simple Plan - Live At Top 20 Norway 22-04-05

Arcade Fire - Funeral
Franz Ferdinand - You Could Have It So Much Better
The Bravery - The Bravery
Tegan & Sara - So Jealous
Spoon - A Series Of Snakes
Bloodhound Gang - Hefty Fine
The Killers - Hot Fuss
Bloc Party - Silent Alarm [JAP]
Butterfly Boucher, Goldfrapp, 13 Going On 30 OST, etc.
Alpinestars - White Noise
Telepopmusic - Genetic World
LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, Kid Loco OST, etc.
Death Cab For Cutie - Plans
Coheed & Cambria - Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV
Circa Survive - Juturna
Rise Against + Muse


Blogger Eric said...

NFG live. Ha! You have a good blog over here. The band I used to be in played with NFG a few times (since we were on the same label) while I was in the band and they were pretty good friends for a while. Nice guys.

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