New Found Glory Riot Stage, Downsview Park, Toronto ON, September 6
Published Sep 07, 2014As perhaps the slickest and goofiest of the early ought pop-punk bands to find mainstream success, New Found Glory haven't had the easiest ride over the past decade. But in between stylistic and line-up shifts, they've maintained a dedicated fan base who turned out for their Warped Tour-length set.
Opening with "All Downhill from Here," the band set the tone for the rest of their set, with singer Jordan Pundik bounding around the stage, frequently switching places with the eternally shirtless, and proudly out of shape bass player Ian Grushka, who mugged for the cameras and crowd.
Live, New Found Glory lack the polish of their records; the band clearly missed recently departed rhythm guitarist Steve Klein. But the band's enthusiasm helped overcome the relative sloppiness. Their set ran the gamut of their career, from "Hit or Miss" through to new single "Selfless." Lead guitarist Chad Gilbert gave an earnest speech about festivals like Riot Fest promoting music that would otherwise go ignored on radio right before finishing with their biggest hit, "My Friend Over You," ensuring fans left remembering why they fell in love with the band in the first place.
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