- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 24, 2005

If a punk show’s success can be judged by the size and persistence of its mosh pit, then New Found Glory’s concert was a slam-dunk.

The pop-punk band from Coral Springs, Fla., played a whirlwind, 11/2-hour set Wednesday of 21 songs to a capacity audience at the 9:30 Club in Northwest.

“We are going to play 20-something songs,” frontman Jordan Pundik told the audience after churning out three in the first 10 minutes. “That way no one can go on the message boards and say we didn’t play this song or that song. We are playing everything.”

The night kicked off with “Understatement,” “Truth of My Youth” and “Better Off Dead.” A short pause, and “Failure’s Not Flattering,” “This Disaster,” “Something I Call Personality,” “Hit or Miss” and “All About Her,” were put out at a speed fast enough to exhaust even the most devoted mosher.

“You can eat as much drive-through on the way home as you want,” Mr. Pundik said. “We are going to burn calories tonight.”

To prove his point, the band played “Don’t Cross Me,” the emo ballad “I Don’t Wanna Know,” “Forget My Name,” “Sucker,” “At Least I’m Known for Something,” and “It Never Snows in Florida,” which few seemed to know.

These were followed by the angst-driven “Head On Collision,” “The Glory of Love,” and the power-punk “My Friends Over You,” after which the band abruptly disappeared from stage.

But just as fans were starting to worry that the show was over without a rendition of the band’s 2004 hit “All Down Hill From Here,” they reappeared and delivered that plus “Singled Out” and “Dressed to Kill.”

The five-man band was joined for most songs by their sixth, on-again-off-again member and keyboard player, James Dewees, who is also lead vocal for Reggie and the Full Effect. Mr. Dewees recorded the keyboard portions of New Found Glory’s summer 2004 release, “Catalyst.”

However, since the show was heavy on somewhat unknown songs recorded on the band’s older albums, such as “All About Her,” from their 2000 self-titled release and “It Never Snows in Florida” from their 1999 album “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” they did not “play everything,” as Mr. Pundik promised.

Conspicuously missing were more than a few songs, including “Doubt Full,” “It’s Been a Summer” and “No News Is Good News,” a fact that message board fans are sure to have noticed.

It just shows that a 11/2 hour show is not long enough to please everyone.

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