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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.

Customer Reviews


This album is so pimp/fly. It is the OG jump off. If this album was a person, he would get LAID.

Album of the Year

This is easily the best Pop-Punk album since Fall Out Boy's Take This To Your Grave. Every song is insanely catchy. Their mix of synth-rock, pop-punk, and hardcore is literally perfect. Reccomended for basically every person ever. Oh, and go see them live. they'll melt your face.

Simply amazing

I don't know quite how these guys do it, but they pull it off 100%. Having lived in a town near their hometown in Massachusetts, I've been able to follow them from the beginning. Their demo is 2005 achieved my highest expectations, but this album has just outdone that a million times over. Basically, you can hear how talented they are just from the 30 second clips. It would be a sin not to purchase this whole album. Their style is unbeatable.


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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