Release Date: Jul 22, 2014
Record label: Pure Noise
We give Four Year Strong's latest EP the review treatment. The question is: will they, um, go down in history? Pop-punk’s beardiest men made a brave move on their ’11 album ‘In Some Way, Shape Or Form’, parting ways with keyboard player Josh Lyford and drastically moving their sound in a more straightforward radio-rock direction. Some fans wavered, but now the Massachusetts quartet are back with a new EP that reminds us what made them so exciting in the first place.
Four Year Strong may technically be a pop-punk band, but the group’s first new set of recordings in three years sees them eschewing the genre’s formulaic hallmarks to create a dizzyingly technical collection of whine-free songs. From the palm-muted glory of “Tread Lightly” to shifting syncopation of “So You're Saying There’s a Chance” (bonus points for 'Dumb and Dumber' reference) these five tracks bridge the gap between pop punk and melodic hardcore in a way that’s so infectious that you'll be too busy singing along to notice. Here’s hoping it won't be four years long until their next full-length.
Four Year Strong fans will breathe a collective sigh of relief when they get their mitts on Go Down In History, the latest from the Worcester, Massachusetts, popcore beard-punks since 2011's lukewarm arena-rock experiment, In Some Way, Shape Or Form. Seconds into the chugging onslaught that announces opening track “What’s In The Box?” the message is clear: The FYS who blew the roof off the scene with 2007’s Rise Or Die Trying and 2010’s Enemy Of The World are back, with a vengeance. The five-song EP (their first release with new label Pure Noise Records) is a tantalizing taste of what’s hopefully to come when FYS drop their next full-length.