by Anthony Salupo |
We are proud to present to you a different vibe with a PUNKadelphia post today! Formed in 2001 in Worcester, Massachusetts, Four Year Strong consists of Dan O’Connor, Alan Day, Jake Massucco, and Joe Weiss. Former member Josh Lyford left the group in 2011 as they began to take a new musical direction that did not have a need for his synthesizer contribution. O’Connor, Day, and Massucco met during their time at Doherty Memorial High School. The band released their first album in 2005: It’s Our Time. Their sophomore album Rise or Die Trying, on I Surrender Records, was quite successful peaking at 31 on the Billboard Heatseakers charts in it debut week. The band further progressed their career creating a couple albums released through Universal Motown Records and Universal Republic Records. During this time, the band also toured alongside Blink-182, Rise Against, and New Found Glory. Four Year Strong additionally performed on Warped Tour 2012 and have announced they will be returning in 2015.
This self-titled album is Four Year Strong’s debut full-length and second overall release through Pure Noise Records, following the Go Down in History EP in 2014. Four Year Strong definitely hints back to the band’s original hardcore style, including the absolutely killer double bass drum style of Joe Massucco. They certainly incorporate some pop punk elements as well, as their lyrics address everyday struggles we face as human beings. The writing style of their music is incredibly dense and poetic. While they address plenty of emotions we encounter, they also look to convey ways to help counter these emotions that may be caused by others and embrace who we are. This stems from the band’s core interest to create and play raw music that they want to hear, regardless of who else is interested or what everyone else is playing. Many punk bands place their focus on anti-this and anti-that, while Four Year Strong conveys more of a pro-self mentality. Regardless of what you may be going through, or whatever your goals are, the group, and this record in particular, will get you on your feet and ready to take on anything.
The band is not only brilliant in their writing, but equally amazing live performers. We had the chance to catch them in January at Union Transfer with Comeback Kid and Handguns. It was a spectacular night of high energy punk rock, so be sure not to catch these guys when they come to (or back to) town.
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