After Blink-182's highly publicized return recently, it's easy to forget that their former tourmates and fellow pop-punks New Found Glory never really went anywhere.
The Florida quintet has been playing the same fast-paced music for 15 years, which they made abundantly clear when their Pop Punk's Not Dead Tour stopped at House of Blues last night.
The tour also showcases four up-and-coming bands from the scene, each putting their own spin on the genre.
But it was New Found Glory who owned the night. Even after all the mileage, they command the stage like they're still the fresh-faced teens who started the band all those years ago.
Last night's set played out like a greatest-hits collection, but there was a heavy dose of tracks from their latest album, Radiosurgery, which came out last month.
The band treated their 90-minute set like a workout, which kept the crowd of pre-teens and young adults bouncing for most of night.
Still, New Found Glory are elder statesmen who know their craft and kept a steady pace, sprinkling in some mid-tempo numbers before launching into their more high-energy songs.
By the time the night ended, everyone was in agreement that pop-punk was definitely not dead. In fact, it's alive and kicking. —Max Hayden