The Pop Punk’s Not Dead Tour

Featuring: New Found Glory, This Time Next Year, Man Overboard, The Wonder Years and Set Your Goals 

October 27, 2011– House Of Blues Boston, MA

Review & Photography By: Erik Rojas 

I don’t think Pop Punk ever really died. It may have taken a pretty long nap, but as of late, a handful of young and aggressive musicians have revived this 90’s- bred genre. With its catchy hooks, sweaty mosh-pits, and joyful friendliness, Pop Punk looks like its back and here to stay

The Pop Punk’s Not Dead tour was headlined by one of genre’s founding fathers, good old New Found Glory. As I strutted around the House of Blues, I heard numerous concertgoers utter variations of how they loved New Found Glory when they were sixteen. It was quite evident however, by the sheer amount of  “I’m Not Sad Anymore” and “Defend Pop Punk” shirts that the majority of the crowd was there for the openers. New Found Glory had new-school acts This Time Next Year, Man Overboard, The Wonder Years, and Set Your Goals tag along this time around, and it made for quite an energetic night.

I am going to be blatantly honest and say that The Wonder Years stole the show by a long shot. Dan “Soupy” Campbell vigorously leaped around the stage, desperately spewing out his emotional and uplifting lyrics. The setlist was a mix of both The Upsides and Suburbia, I’ve Given You All and Now I’m Nothing, and the audience knew every line. To say there was a lot of crowd surfing would be an understatement. At one point the unnecessarily angry security guards behind the barricades couldn’t catch all of the people climbing to the front.

The Wonder Years ended their set with “Washington Square Park”, Soupy’s anthem to overcoming depression and finding happiness. Glancing at the crowd I noticed that people were crying tears of joy as they belted out lyrics. A testament to the power of the band’s music, to say the least. For the finale (for those of you who listen to The Wonder Years, the “I left a lot of blood” part), it was riotous. The band stopped for a moment to allow the crowd to sing, and the roar was deafening. “We’ve been The Wonder Years, thank you,” said Campbell as the house lights came on and the band walked off stage.

Set Your Goals was on soon after The Wonder Years tore it up, and their dual vocalist onslaught was surely a crowd pleaser. They played a mixture of new and old, of course saving “Mutiny” for the end. What the band lacked in musical tightness they made up for in raw energy, hopping about the stage and engaging the audience, ordering circle pits and the like.

New Found Glory took the stage after a solid 45 minutes of anticipation. It was good to hear that Jordan still had that signature tone from the glory days (see what I did there) of 2004.  They laughed and joked as they talked with the crowd. A group of hecklers up front finally got Chad Gilbert’s attention. They requested an old song, which the band had put out on Boston’s Bridge 9 Records. Chad simply said “well we are in Boston, so why not?” The band proceeded to hop into some speed punk, as a circle pit ensued. New Found Glory has still got it, for sure.

This tour is easily the best one out this fall, filled with some of the titans in the current Pop Punk movement. From the California-bred grit of This Time Next Year and Set Your Goals, to the cold weather emotionality of Man Overboard and The Wonder Years, to the Florida fun of New Found Glory, the Pop Punk’s Not Dead tour will have you screaming gang vocals and moshing to your heart’s content.

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