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Quick Artist Profile: Reignwolf

Jordan Cook sounds like an average name. You could probably open up the phone book and find multiple Jordan Cooks (do People even Have Phone Books anymore.) But Jordan Cook has an alter ego, and that is Reignwolf the name of his sometimes one man sometimes three piece band. Reignwolf is definitely an artist to keep an eye out for, as he takes the garage rock thing and makes it his own using amazing showmanship and musicianship to create a sonic brew that can only be described as mesmerizing.

I found about Reignwolf while cruising the internet last week, and started watching his videos and was sucked into my computer screen for hours watching his performances of him. I was stunned by the level of talent and the awesomeness of the music that just came from one man and a bass drum. Truly amazing.

Checkout Reignwolf NOW!

-B. Harlow

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Who are Four Year Strong?

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.

-B. Harlow

 

Check Out the Band’s music Video for “It Must Really Suck to Be Four Year Strong Right Now” Below:

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Artist Profile: fun.

 In 2008, Andrew Dost, Jack Antonoff, and lead singer Nate Ruess formed an indie pop band out of New York City, New York. The trio formed after the bands they were associated with, The Format and Steel Train, failed to reach the level of success they hoped for. The trio chose the name fun. and a year later their debut album was released. The album titled ‘Aim and Ignite’ (Nettwerk) peaked at #71 on the Billboard Top 200. After nine months of work their sophomore album ‘Some Nights’ was released by Fueled by Ramen. The album features songs such as ‘Carry On’, ‘Some Nights’ and ‘Why Am I the Young’.

The trio broke into the public eye with their single ‘We Are Young’ which featured a guess spot by Janelle Monae. Every band has that one song that they are known for that helped jump start their fame and ‘We Are Young’ is that song for fun. The song appeared on many MTV shows including The Real World as well as a slew of commercials. Most recently, the song has been featured in the Chevy Sonic commercial along with Ok Go and Rob Dyrdek. Gaining this new fame has paved a way for fun. to become one of the most popular alternative artists around. On March 7th, fun.’s the song reached the No. 1 spot in the Billboard Hot 100 Charts. This makes fun. the first multi-member Rock Band to make a Billboard debut with the #1 spot since 2002.

 I first heard about this band from a Providence Radio Station, W.B.R.U. The station had them as their featured artist of the day, prior to the release of ‘Some Nights’. I was instantly blown away by their new age sound. The trio has shown that they have what it takes to make it in the competitive music industry. They have taken the first step, their debut single reach an astounding double platinum.

-M. Tozeski

Check out the music video for fun.’s hit ‘We are Young’ below:

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