New Found Glory / International Superheroes Of Hardcore - Tip Of The Iceberg / Takin’ It Ova

6/12 songs
12:09/15:25 minutes
***** ***
Bridge Nine


New Found Glory were one of the really big bands of the pop punk movement, at least in the United States, in the early years of the new millennium, and after millions of albums sold, plus a few gold-certificated releases to call their own, they are back on small labels and seem to feel less constraints than in the past. This double-CD split-release if for instance one of those labours of love that you rarely get on a commercially minded major label, which didn’t prevent this oddity to enter the US charts anyway, if only in the lower regions.

The first CD features the EP Tip Of The Iceberg from New Found Glory and starts with three melodic but quite short melodic hardcore songs, where especially the catchy yet weird If You Don’t Love Me has cult potential. The next three songs are cover versions from their influences. No Reason Why is a perfect makeover of a song that was released by the Gorilla Biscuits on a 7”-single in the late Eighties. Here We Go Again was a major hit for the Krishna pop punks Shelter in the mid-Nineties and still hasn’t lost any of its charm. Lifetime’s Cut The Tension ends this first CD, with the impression that the twelve minutes are short, but full of highlights.

International Superheroes Of Hardcore are actually the same members as New Found Glory, except that guitarist and vocalist have changed positions. The microphone is now handled by Captain Straightedge, who used to be also in the position with Shai Hulud sometime in the Nineties. The twelve songs are only a quarter hour long, and that shows already the direction: fast, angry hardcore with melodic undertones. They hate screamo but love Madball, which should explain even more. It’s of course a bit derivative, but also quite funny, and why shouldn’t these guys display a sense of humour? They did it in the past already with two releases where they covered hits from movie soundtracks, and that worked maybe even better.

Their label brags that you get two releases for the price of a regular CD, but then, if you add it all up, you still go home with not even half an hour of music. But it’s an interesting idea nonetheless, and especially the stuff on the first disc makes up for the lack in quantity.

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