There's a lot of live albums out there these days. Arguably a band is at its best when they're in front of large and small crowds giving it their all for a bunch of screaming sweaty fans.
New Found Glory makes this a known fact with Kill It Live, their latest release to date. The album features a few new tracks and mostly old favorites being performed for a righteous crowd. Listening to this makes me sad that I wasn't actually at the performance.
So how good exactly was it? Well, enough to make you feel like you're really there without actually being there. The recording is raw as it would be at any regular show. NFG went the high-road and decided not to go in with mixing boards, backing tracks and what have you, preferring to play guns blazing like they always do.
This fact alone puts the record on a stage alone when it comes to live compilations. The sound is rough, hard, and edgy as ever. I would argue that it's even better than any of their previous albums combined.
That's quite a bit to say about a live record, but it's not untrue.
New Found Glory hasn't lost their touch yet, although I am a little disappointed that they decided to participate in Fearless' Punk Goes Christmas compilation releasing early next month (that is if they had a choice in the matter).
My favorites off this one are most definitely "Don't Let Her Pull You Down," and "My Friends Over You," but there are so many on this that are amazingly well done that it's difficult to say that.
I give Kill It Live a rare and very hard 5/5 for being one of the best live albums I've ever heard from a punk band. Let's just hope their next record holds up to this, but honestly, it seems nothing will ever beat a live performance from the boys.
Do you prefer a band on the record or live? Leave a comment below, and make sure to get out there and support your favorite bands. Even national acts need your love.
Get a digital copy of Kill It Live here.
Stream it on YouTube.com via Bridge9Records