With it being three years since pop-punk/melodic hardcore quartet Four Year Strong’s last release, it’s nice to see life in the band once again through a five-tracked EP Go Down in History being released via Purse Noise Records. FYS has a way of possessing intensity and structure throughout the EP, toeing the fine line between the aforementioned genres to produce a sound that’s both in your face and has you shouting along.
Referencing movies and TV shows within the titles of tracks is something FYS has a tendency of doing, and continues this trend within the opening track “What’s in the box?” referencing the movie Se7en. The track sets a fine tone for the upcoming tracks on the EP, bringing intensity and up-tempo rhythms that gives pop-punk listeners their fix. The band possesses a sound during the opener that reminds me a lot of Bowling For Soup, which gives the track another interesting component.
“Living Proof of a Suburban Youth” is the track that follows, which I found to be the highlight of the EP. Jake Massucco’s drumming patterns in the introduction followed by the catchy lyrics “Try and walk a day in our shoes/ with our souls worn and splitting/ our heels blistered and bleeding/ from the miles and miles/ of dragging around your dead weight” make the track instantly infectious. Overall, the track simply features some of the greatest synergy between all four members, making it a track I catch myself replaying the most.
FYS closes the EP with yet another movie reference in the track “So You’re Saying There’s a Chance…” (in reference to Dumb and Dumber). The track features strong qualities from all four members, and does a good job ending things on a high note. I think Four Year Strong fans can rest easy with the Go Down In History EP . In this case, I would say that the wait was worth it, giving the guys in Four Year Strong time to figure things out on a musical standpoint. If this EP is any indication of how the full-lengthed album will sound, I think the wait will be worth it.