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There was a period of time when singsongy punk-pop and emo were two separate styles — especially when each initially gained popularity in the late '90s. But sometime during the early 21st century, both styles collided together for many new groups — case in point, Four Year Strong. Hailing from Worcester, MA, this quintet (comprised of two singer/guitarists — Alan Day and Dan O'Conner — plus bassist Joe Weiss, synth twiddler Josh Lyford, and drummer Jake Massucco) never met a tuneful melody it didn't like, as evidenced throughout its full-length debut, 2007's Rise or Die Trying. It would be understandable if the band were quickly labeled as "tricky yet sticky-sweet punk-pop" given its affinity for anthemic choruses and abrupt music shifts — but there are a few surprises lurking around the corner. Cases in point, "Prepare to Be Digitally Manipulated" packs a surprise hardcore left hook midway through, and "Abandon Ship or Abandon All Hope" features some subtle Rentals-esque synth maneuvers. It was only a matter of time until punk-pop swerved into other styles, and Four Year Strong's Rise or Die Trying signals this shift.

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This is a great album, four year strong mix punk pop and hardcore in a way that most bands fail at...if u like a day to remember or set your goals, buy this!


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An excellent listen, great to rock out with

A great album, Four Year Strong knows how to take Punk Rock and Alternative music to the max. It is very fully written out (if that makes sense), with small essences of pop music in it. It sounds too hard-core-punk for the pop lovers so I would not recommend it to you Britney-and-Fergie lovers, but 'Bada Bing! Wit' A Pipe!' is a great song to just bounce around and rock out to. It is one of those albums that don't give you even just a breather to think about the song, and my recommendation is that you listen to each song seperately, at different times, to be able to critique it to the maximum. All in all, a great album!


Formed: 2001 in Worcester, MA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Taking influence from the likes of Lifetime, Gorilla Biscuits, and New Found Glory, Four Year Strong built an aggressive and melody-riddled combination of hardcore, emo pop, and pop-punk upon their formation in Worcester, Massachusetts. The band's lineup -- vocalist/guitarists Dan O'Connor and Alan Day, bassist Joe Weiss, drummer Jake Massucco, and synth player Josh Lyford -- was cemented during the musicians' high school tenure in 2003, though a form of the band had already existed for several years....
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