Pop Punks STILL Not Dead Tour

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New Found Glory and Less Than Jake came through Dallas Texas at the Gas Monkey Bar & Grill. They brought with them 2 bands I haven’t heard of in LOLO and Hot Mulligan.

LØLØ got things off to a hype start. The group flew in all the way from Toronto and included the ever charismatic frontwoman LOLO. The energy and excitement she had on stage was inspiring. Their new single “u look stupid” was a crowd-pleaser, “die without u” was another popular song with the crowd. LØLØ certainly seemed to know her audience, throwing a fun rendition of Wheatus’ “Teenage Dirtbag” into the setlist to hype them up. They definitely gained more than one new fan that night, including myself. She was also at her merch booth greeting people, taking photos and having a blast.

After a thankfully brief set change, Hot Mulligan took the stage. Vocalist Tades Sanville shouted passionately for the full 30-minute set through a curtain of hair. Some bands have a “screamer” Hot Mulligan have a “shouter”. The up-and-comers had a handful of fans in the crowd who were shouting along to the lyrics and those who may have not known them as much still seemed to be having a blast. The self proclaimed “#1 Hot New Band” are really living up to the name.

On a sad note, Simple Plan pulled off the tour due to the Delta variant, but the kings of catastrophe themselves, Less Than Jake came through to fill the shoes. The ska-punk icons commanded the stage with their high-energy party band vibe, filling the space between songs with entertaining banter. Frontman Chris DeMakes noted that the band was celebrating their 30th anniversary. Even those who may not have known a single song couldn’t help but have a good time. It’s contagious. I was so happy to finally see them live for the first time!

Last and certainly not least, headliners New Found Glory took the stage to a carnival style backdrop. New Found Glory had no problems keeping fans’ interest and energy levels high with their set list. At one point, LØLØ returned to the stage to sing alongside Pundik on “Vicious Love” from New Found Glory’s 2014 album Resurrection. LØLØ’s expressive vocals and energetic stage presence added an extra element of joy to the performance and were among the highlights of the evening.

We thought the fun was coming to an end until… the lights dimmed, Pundik sprinted to the front of the stage dressed as Elsa from Frozen to play their cover of “Let It Go.” They wrapped up their show with the ever favorite “My Friends Over You,” and all was right with the world. It seems, at least for now, pop-punk is alive and well.