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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.

Biography

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...
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Rise or Die Trying, Four Year Strong
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  • 9,99 €
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Punk
  • Released: 28 April 2008

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