Independant Massachusettian rockers Four Year Strong are playing a secret gig in London

Saturday, November 22, 2008 Craig Grobler 0 Comments

Little know rockers Four Year Strong are doing a secret, invite-only acoustic gig in London on Monday at 1pm.

Four Year Strong is a five-piece American Pop Punk / Hardcore punk band from Worcester, Massachusetts. 3/5 of the band were in the original lineup that dates back to 2001. Dan, Alan and Jake all attended Doherty Memorial High School in Worcester and met through mutual friends. After the departure of the original bassist some 2 or 3 years after formation, they met Joe and asked him to fill the gap. Their early work never included any keyboards or synthesizers, but after a while they began to incorporate it into their music. The band cycled through many keyboardists, but recruited their current keyboardist Josh Lyford in late 2006. Over the past years, the band has done multiple national tours, sharing the stage with such bands as The Starting Line, Hellogoodbye, From First to Last, Every Time I Die, Hidden in Plain View, All Time Low,New Found Glory, Bayside and Steel Train. The band toured Australia in June 2008 with Rex Banner.

Four Year Strong Bada Bing! Wit’ A Pipe! Music Video

The band's sound can be described as a blend of Pop punk, Hardcore, and powerpop. The band simply developed their sound off the idea of playing 'exactly what they want to hear' or music that they would listen to, but no one else was playing at the time.[3] The band has cited their influences as being Lifetime, Saves the Day, Gorilla Biscuits, and New Found Glory to name a few. Though the band would primarily start out as a post-hardcore and emo outfit, the release of their demo in 2004 would mark a shift from post-hardcore to more synthesizer-heavy tracks, where the band would began to embrace the styles of powerpop and general punk rock. Prior to the release of Rise or Die Trying the band would also incorporate more facets of modern hardcore, such as double bass drums, breakdowns, and screaming vocals with the addition of synthesizers. Since a number of the band's songs are composed of hardcore breakdowns, soaring choruses, and upbeat tempos, many fans have mistakenly dubbed their musical style as 'Happy Hardcore,' though in reality this refers to a type of dance music popular in the mid-90's.