A single word can hardly describe the kind of career Four Year Strong have experienced since the release of their 2007 debut album, but “epic” comes pretty close. Alan Day (Vocals/Guitar), Dan O’Conner (Vocals/Guitar), Joe Weiss (Bass), Josh Lyford (Synth), and Jake Massucco (Drums) are Four Year Strong. The band has long since graduated from their closet venue and community center background, selling out 2000-capacity headlining shows with their perfected formula of unrelenting spirit, gut-wrenchingly good music, and no flashy gimmicks. Their unique blend of brutal breakdowns and soaring choruses incites a riot like nothing seen before, leaving live crowds and CD listeners alike simultaneously blown away and fired up. Their debut, Rise or Die Trying, caught the ears of Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz and in February 2008, the band was proud to announce its partnership with Decaydance Records, joining the ranks of bands like Panic! at the Disco, The Academy Is…, and Gym Class Heroes. With the support of both Decaydance and I Surrender Records, Four Year Strong are building themselves to the top with an indestructible foundation.
Their influences range from Lifetime to Saves the Day, Gorilla Biscuits to New Found Glory. “We just play exactly what we want to hear,” describes Dan, explaining their combination of hardcore and pop-punk. The five guys of Four Year Strong have already shared the stage with Thursday, Bring Me The Horizon, Cobra Starship, and pop-punk legends New Found Glory, as well as touring across Japan, Australia, and the UK.
Four Year Strong have made themselves known as one of Alternative Press’s “100 Bands You Need To Know in ‘08” and “Most Anticipated of ‘09”, not to mention Rolling Stone’s “40 Bands You Need To Know”. Frequenting the iTunes Top Alternative charts, Smartpunk Top 10 sales and Purevolume’s “most played” charts, the band has garnered 12 million plays on MySpace by simply making music the way they want it to be made.
Armed with do-it-yourself determination, Four Year Strong do not pretend to be anyone but themselves. The band does not sugarcoat their image, avoiding the pretty-boy front that smothers the scene. Behind the numerous tattoos and grizzly beards, Four Year Strong are the kind of guys you would want to bring home to Mom and Dad. The band does not bother with egos or attitude, determined to connect with every fan on a personal level.
Four Year Strong combine equal parts melody and mayhem; however, their true talent lies in the ability to use these parts to create one exciting, infectious whole. “We wanted to put out a great record and not just a bunch of great songs.” Four Year Strong continue to move up and up until they’ve taken the world by storm. Their new album, Explains It All, is a collection of the influential 90s cover songs that shaped their careers. With this and new music on the horizon, things are only getting bigger for Four Year Strong.
Brace yourself, start the takeover.