There are a bunch of bands that come and go in your life. There are some that are there for a song, a day, maybe even a year and then there are some that are there for you throughout your life. New Found Glory is one of those bands that has been with me through thick and thin and for decades at this point. Seeing a band like that leaves you with writer’s block and nothing but rambling on about passion and love for music so please bear with me while I stumble through this post.
Arizona based Doll Skin was up first. The only band on the bill that I had never heard of before, I didn’t know what to expect but as soon as they took the stage I knew they were the perfect way to start the night. Their grungy pop-punk sound rang through the sold out venue with ease. Doll Skin became a thing in 2013 and only have one full length album but don’t let that fool you. These women have it all– the look, the sound, the energy– and I can already tell that they will be a force to be reckoned with in the scene and that their positive attitudes and strong work ethic will shoot them to the top in no time.
The first couple of songs of their set were a complete blur for me. I was living out a life long dream of being able to capture photos of the band from the photo pit (the space between the stage and the barrier that keeps the audience from the stage). I spent the first three songs in complete awe as I switched back and forth from screaming along to the words to trying to get quality pictures. Eventually I had no choice but to give up, put my camera away and get lost in the lights and sounds going on around me. I jumped into the crowd and instantly let go of everything while screaming along to songs that have been a staple in my daily playlist for years. It’s truly a magical thing to revert back to your angsty teenage years while keeping in mind just how far you have come. When I watched New Found Glory growing up, I honestly never dreamed I would be one of the cool kids in the photo pit but there I was. I never dreamed that I would be able to do this night after night but here I am. It was truly just an absolutely blurry dream.
New Found Glory’s set list was perfection. With nine albums out, there was no way they were going to play everything that I wanted to hear because that would have taken over ten hours but they did a great job of mixing old and new songs with a couple of covers and picking mostly upbeat songs that kept the energy in the venue alive and kicking. From a cover from Frozen and one from The Greatest Showman, NFG made it clear that although they are an older band, there can keep up with times and will continue to be relevant for years to come. The longevity of NFG has already been proven year after year and it will continue for many years to come which makes me so excited for the future of this band.
Last night was one of those nights that I will not soon forget but also can’t quite remember. A blur of drinks, nostalgia, friends and excitement, it was a perfect night and the perfect way to spend a Friday night.