New Found Glory will always have a special place in my heart. Their style of raucous pop-punk drew me in immediately the first time I heard Sticks and Stones, and it is largely because of them that I got into music in general. And I would bet that I am hardly the only person with that exact story. New Found Glory is a hugely influential band in countless music fans’ minds, and they will forever hold that title. But when it came to the release of 2011’s Radiosurgery, the response was lukewarm. The follow-up to 2009’s astounding, abrasive Not Without a Fight, the album definitely skewed more toward the band’s pop tendencies and was met with some hesitation (Unfairly, in my opinion. I think it is a fairly solid album with some really great tracks and a lot of mediocre ones). Now, New Found Glory fans have proven themselves to be a fickle bunch (Coming Home went from being the trendy pick for ‘Worst NFG album’ to the trendy pick for ‘Best NFG album’ pretty abruptly), so the attitude towards it could change, but the overall consensus, it seems, was that fans wanted a return to the older sound – something with more of the grit of Not Without a Fight and the full-throttle energy of their early work. Well, ask and you shall receive. “Connect the Dots” is a throwback jam that fires on all cylinders and reminds us why we love this band so much.
In October, New Found Glory will release their first live album, titled Kill It Live. In addition to all the classics spanning their entire discography, Kill It Live will feature three new songs, including the single “Connect The Dots”, which perfectly encapsulates all the distinct aspects that make this band special. The track begins calmly enough, before erupting into a bouncy riff that is so reminiscent of classic NFG that it is guaranteed to have you out of your seat and jumping around in no time. The verses feature frontman Jordan Pundik sounding as sharp as he ever has, keeping a little grit from the Not Without a Fight era while still sounding as melodic as ever. The chorus is the shining moment on the song, cranking the tempo up to double time and allowing Pundik’s vocals to really drive home the incredibly catchy melody. Add in a little pop-punk breakdown in the bridge, and this song has everything you want from a New Found Glory jam.
“Connect the Dots” doesn’t take any chances. It doesn’t show the band branching out at all. It is classic New Found Glory through and through. And I mean that in the best way possible. This song could fit in on any of the band’s seven full lengths. So whatever we get the next record, whether it be a return to form akin to this song or a continuation of the Radiosurgery sound, we can rest assured that we are always in good hands with New Found Glory.