Four Year Strong
For their new album, Four Year Strong took more than a few risks. Rather than adhering to the conventions of modern punk and post-hardcore, the Massachusetts quartet – Dan O'Connor (vocals, guitar), Alan Day (vocals guitar), Joe Weiss (bass) and Jake Massucco (drums) – ventured into uncharted territory on In Some Way, Shape, Or Form. due out November 8th on Decaydance / Universal Republic Records.
When it came to writing and recording the new music, there was no hesitation, trepidation or fear. There was just honest, heavy rock with a hearty dose of hardcore attitude and a touch of indie empathy.
Multi-platinum, award-winning producer David Bendeth (Paramore, Papa Roach) challenged the band to reach a new level of self-discovery, emotion and maturity. The group retreated to Bendeth's New Jersey studio in January 2011 to record what would become In Some Way, Shape or Form.
"We pushed ourselves lyrically to talk about deeper emotions and subjects we had avoided in the past," shares Day. "The overall vibe of the band has always been light-hearted. This time around, the songs are darker, and they convey a heavier message. We've grown up a lot. We realized anything we write is still Four Year Strong, and we don't have to close ourselves in a box." Adds O'Connor, "With In Some Way, Shape or Form., we've written the best songs we've ever written. We wanted the record to sound huge and eclectic, and it does. Everything on the album is real. We're baring all and taking risks. We're not trying to fit into a mold; we're trying to break it."
The album's first single "Just Drive" debuted as most added at Modern Rock Radio and premiered on Revolver Magazine's online portal. O'Connor explains, "'Just Drive' is about being on the brink of disaster, and just saying "fuck it" and living your life like there's no tomorrow." The pummeling, yet melodic track echoes that sentiment, firing off an unforgettable chorus. "Stuck In The Middle" bounces with a thrumming, excited energy. Bombastic drum beat and pummeling riffs fuel "The Security of the Familiar, The Tranquility of Repetition," while tracks like "Heaven Wasn't Built To Hold Me" and "The Infected" stand out as instant press-repeat gems with hypnotic hooks.
Four Year Strong's 2007 debut, Rise or Die Trying on I Surrender Records, hit #31 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz loved the band's unique hybrid of hardcore, pop punk, and indie rock and signed them to his Decaydance Records in February 2008. Enemy of the World on Decaydance Records/Universal Motown came out in 2009, debuting at #40 on the Billboard Top 200 with first-week sales over 12,000, and Explains It All followed that same year.
Four Year Strong graces the November 2011 cover of Alternative Press, and is set to headline the magazine's prestigious annual fall trek, The AP Tour. Having previously toured with the likes of Rise Against, Bad Religion, New Found Glory and more, the band is known for delivering a raucous, rowdy, and raw live show that turns audiences everywhere into diehard fans.
The mold has effectively been demolished with In Some Way, Shape, or Form. Day concludes, "This is what we do. Love us or hate us, we are Four Year Strong."
Based out of Keansburg New Jersey, Can't Swim was founded by singer Chris Loporto (Krier) in the spring of 2015. After spending most of his life playing drums in various bands, Krier decided to step in to song writing. The songs were contagious from the start and grabbed the attention of his good friends Chez, Danny and Greg. The band announced their signing to Pure Noise Records in December of 2015 and released their debut EP, "DEATH DESERVES A NAME" on February 24, 2016.
Sleep On It
Music is about connecting with people, and that's what we focus on more than anything else. We're a band that expresses honesty, and individuality in our music, drawing inspirations from bands such as Saves The Day, The Movielife, and the collective pop punk scenes we all grew up in from Massachusetts, Georgia, Cleveland, Michigan, Maine, and Chicago. We play fast, we play loud, and we don't put up with any bullshit. It's not about being famous, it's about having fun with your friends, being idiots in the basement.
Pop-punk may be a young person's game most of the time, but that doesn't mean there isn't room for growth – or for grown-ups. Light Years are here to prove that. The band have graduated from the teenage angst that fuels most of their peers, instead turning their focus to the problems that face them in their mid-20s. I Won't Hold This Against You, their 2013 debut LP released via Paper + Plastick Records, dwelled on the inescapable past while looking for ways to heal the scars incurred while coming of age. Now working with Animal Style Records, Light Years will release a new five-song EP titled Temporary. The EP, recorded with Will Yip, is a quick, 16-minute blast of blisteringly paced punk-rock showcasing the band sinking their teeth into evolving musicianship and offering up a meaty effort full of hooky choruses, full-bodied guitars and a pounding rhythm section. Temporary is bound to please fans of blink-182, Fenix TX and New Found Glory who are looking for a new undertaking to completely submerge themselves into, rather than a quick listen to forget about later.