New Found Glory
Tip Of The Iceberg EP and Takin' It Ova!


3.5
great

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
May 17th, 2008 | 26 replies | 18,529 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The first disc is a great return to form for NFG but the second disc is the reason why you should buy this now.

New Found Glory has been a guilty pleasure of mine for quite some time. Their music has always been fun, upbeat and easily digestible making them my favorite in the pop punk scene, but when they released Coming Home it seemed those days were done. Coming Home wasn’t a bad album, but it also didn’t contain any of the elements that I mentioned above. With that in mind, it was a surprise to learn that this EP was supposedly going to contain three covers of hardcore songs, as well as three new songs in the same vein as the opening song from Catalyst. In addition they were also including a second disc from some band named “The International Superheroes of Hardcore” (which we will get to later) that I had never heard of before. Needless to say, both fans and haters were a little skeptical about any attempt by NFG to do hardcore; so how did it turn out?

The reality of the situation is that none of the six songs are hardcore and only the opening track, “Tip of the Iceberg”, is even similar to the opening song on Catalyst. For those that don’t know what that means, it basically means that it’s short with a fast punk beat, some hardcore shouts, and a huge pop punk leaning. The final two original songs aren’t any faster, heavier or more aggressive then anything else that came off of Catalyst and could fit on that album easily. They’re bouncy, catchy sing-along songs about relationships with some extra shouts thrown in. With that being said, all three songs are some of the best that they’ve written in awhile and will easily appeal to fans of the band’s earlier material; it’s just not the punk revival that they were hinting at, and the three cover songs don’t help any.

The second three tracks of the NFG disc are the covers of hardcore songs. Again, only the first song has any semblance to actual punk music, with the final two sounding just as poppy as anything NFG has ever done. The easiest way to describe these cover songs is imagine the original versions of these songs, but completely glossed over with a pristine studio sound and with your sister’s gay shopping buddy on vocals. Seriously, Jordan makes absolutely no attempt to sound any more aggressive or edgy then he ever did on any NFG song and it ruins what could have been a good chance for fans to hear something different from him. Again, these are good songs and entertaining for what they are, but they could have done a lot more with them, and that is only proved more by the second disc.

The second disc is by a band called “The International Superheroes of Hardcore”, which after a little research turns out to just be New Found Glory under a pseudonym, but with guitarist Chad doing vocals and vocalist Jordan playing guitar. I was actually very surprised by the quality of this disc and would go so far as saying that it is worth the price you pay all by itself. The music they play on this album is fast, raw, and aggressive hardcore but with very childish, self-parodying, tongue-in-cheek lyrics. A good example is the fifty-six second “Screamo Gotta Go” which hits the ground at a fast pace and is obviously making fun of screamo or “Madball’s Got Our Back” which states that if you try to mess with ISHC then the guys from Madball will kick your ass. The most surprising song on this album is the forty-three second “Superhero Sellouts” due to the beat of the song actually bordering on blast beat proportions (I didn’t know they had it in them).

Overall, the first disc is a great return to form for New Found Glory and should instantly appeal to any fans of NFG releases prior to Coming Home. My main problem with the first disc is that the second one shows that they had the ability to take this EP so much farther into the realms of hardcore and didn’t, but on its own it is still good. Again, the main reason for buying this CD is really the second disc. It shows a side of the band that forgoes any pop leanings and stays strictly in the realm of hardcore but with a sense of humor. Chad Gilbert’s vocals are great and the lyrics are highly amusing in an intentionally immature kind of way. Basically you could look at the second CD as “Fisher Price’s My First Hardcore Album” and sum it up perfectly… and I mean that in a good way.



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south_of_heaven 11
May 15th 2008



5426 Comments


I heard one of NFG's new songs (forget which, it was on their myspace) off of this and was not impressed.

TheStarclassicTreatment
May 15th 2008



2909 Comments


They get real repetitve live.

Willie
Moderator
May 15th 2008



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I heard one of NFG's new songs (forget which, it was on their myspace) off of this and was not impressed.
Even most fans of NFG will tell you that they're not supposed to be "impressive" just enjoyable and only if you like that kind of music.
They get real repetitve live.
That they do, but it's fun.

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south_of_heaven 11
May 15th 2008



5426 Comments


I actually enjoy NFG, as with most mainstream pop-punk from my junior high years and I didn't care for the track, and from reading through the thread on the forums section it doesn't seem like the rest of the album made up for it either.

Willie
Moderator
May 15th 2008



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's much better then anything on "Coming Home" and is as high or higher quality then what was on "Catalyst", in my opinion. I think three songs is just too short to really get into it, and the covers are just covers. It's really the second disc that is responsible for the bump from a 3 to a 3.5 though.This Message Edited On 05.15.08

BallsToTheWall
May 15th 2008



44164 Comments


The singer used to live in my neighborhood quite some time ago, although I'm too young to remember, used to jam out with my brother. Nonetheless, at one point I liked some songs from them. My Friends Over You and a couple others I forget but lost interest in the band soon enough. Frankly, i'm quite suprised these guys are still around.

Dielaughing
May 15th 2008



5 Comments


Haven't heard the NFG part, but the International Superheros of Hardcore album is pretty choice.

fatfrog
May 15th 2008



1 Comments


NFG are a great pop/punk band, the EP is good but really short, not to impressed with the International Superheros of Hardcore album

Slaytan
May 15th 2008



1186 Comments


Used to like NFG, but I lost interest a few years back. I'll admit they make for a fun listen on the rare occasions that I actually hear them now though.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
May 18th 2008



15693 Comments


No way did New Found Glory release something good. There's just no way.

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Serpento
May 18th 2008



2351 Comments


...So, is the second disc an Aquabats-style gimmick?

Willie
Moderator
May 18th 2008



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No way did New Found Glory release something good. There's just no way.
It's good for their genre. Have you heard it yet?
...So, is the second disc an Aquabats-style gimmick?
Most definitely, but it's an enjoyable gimmick.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
May 18th 2008



15693 Comments


nope havent heard it but its nfg so ive formed a solid informed opinionThis Message Edited On 05.18.08

Serpento
May 18th 2008



2351 Comments


yeah, upon hearing it, it's actually not too bad, and pretty fun. the ISHC disc, that is.

Willie
Moderator
May 20th 2008



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, I was definitely surprised by the ISHC disc.

MeganLovesDKM
May 22nd 2008



8 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I enjoyed this album... i got it off the internet and i thought it was pretty decent....... good job NFG

Willie
Moderator
May 22nd 2008



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Pretty decent" doesn't usually mean a 4.5, but your sound off explains the logic behind it...

Serpento
July 22nd 2008



2351 Comments


i'm surprised the LP is still fun to me.This Message Edited On 09.19.08

accompliceofmydeath
July 2nd 2009



4083 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think that the first disc has a lot of hardcore elements. The first three songs all have breakdowns, two-step parts, and gang vocals or some combination of those. Not to mention the last three songs are covers of hardcore bands.

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Willie
Moderator
July 6th 2009



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Really? Breakdowns, two-step parts, and gang vocals? Well than the songs are definitely hardcore... or they're glossy pop-punk that throw in half-assed versions of those things, but gloss over them as well. Who cares if the other songs are covers of hardcore bands. Pennywise covered "Stand By Me" and LagWagon covered "Brown Eyed Girl" and "Bad Moon Rising" and you expect me to say that because the originals are classic rock, so are the covers?



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