One of my favorite things to do is listen to local music, and one of my favorite local bands happens to be Four Year Strong. Not only are Four Year Strong one of my favorite local bands, but over their eleven year existence have broken into the mainstream, and also have become one of the biggest names in Pop-Punk.
Formed in Worcester, MA in 2001 and consists of vocalists and guitarists Dan O’Connor and Alan Day, bassist Joe Weiss, and drummer Jackson Massucco. All together the band has released four albums, and they’re constantly touring behind the albums. They have shared the stage with a wide variety of bands ranging from the happy sounds of Hellogoodbye, to the Hardcore of Every Time I Die.
The band plays their own unique style that is a mix of hardcore and pop punk, which their fans have deemed, ‘Beardcore.’ As many bands have said before they stylistically wanted to fill a void in the music world, playing music that had stylistically never been done before. They successfully filled this void with the release of their first full length, It’s Our Time. It’s Our Time gained Four Year Strong label recognition, and by 2007 they had released their label backed album, Rise or Die Trying.
In 2009 the band through the world a curve ball by releasing a collection of covers. The record was called Explains It All, and shows the bands wide range of influences from the grunge of Nirvana and The Smashing Pumpkins, to the easy listening of Alanis Morisette, to the metal of Pantera. The album really did explain the bands unique sound.
In 2010 the band followed up 2007’s, Rise or Die Trying with their record, Enemy of The World. This album is probably my favorite by Four Year Strong, and consists of eleven killer tracks including “It Must Really Suck to Be Four Year Strong Right Now,” “Tonight We Feel Alive (On A Saturday),” and “Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride.”
In late 2011 the band released their most varied record, In Some Way, Shape, or Form which stylistically shows more of the bands hardcore influences. It was obvious when fans picked up the album that this record was a more serious record especially from the first track, “The Infected.”
Four Year Strong is a great band who will continue to get bigger as they move forward. Their unique blend of influences makes a great listening experience for all that choose to listen to their music.
Check Out the Band’s music Video for “It Must Really Suck to Be Four Year Strong Right Now” Below: