Four Year Strong is a band that most of you have probably heard of. Their hardcore-influenced pop-punk, a gruff and heavy dual vocal attack, and the ability to write a good hook (not to mention spawning a genre from their facial hair) have gotten them worldwide notoriety. It was enough to get them signed to Universal Motown Records, have their sophomore album Enemy of the World go as high as number 40 on the Billoboard charts, and even enough for pop-punk behemoths Blink-182 to invite them on their now-cancelled European tour this summer. It’s safe to say Four Year Strong are so hot right now, it has made their next album, titled In Some Way, Shape, or Form, highly anticipated. Clearly this is the band’s first attempt at taking it to the next level, which is obtaining regular radio play and joining the ranks of bands like Blink-182 and Green Day. The first single from this album is indicative of what should be expected, and that is mainstream success.
“Stuck in the Middle” starts off with nothing but a riff and vocalists Dan O’ Connor and Alan Day belting back and forth until the main riff opens the floodgates and the chorus is ignited. It’s clear as the chorus goes on that this song caters to more than just pop-punk fans, as the Foo Fighters-esque hook could fit anywhere on modern radio rock stations.
The difference between this song and other boring radio rock songs is that this song has some flavor, much like the Foo Fighters. The bridge kicks in, creepily building up to O’ Connor’s yells that cue a truly gritty riff to tantalize the masses and introduce the final clean cut chorus.
I can definitely see this song blasting out of people’s car stereos everywhere you do during the summer. Though the mainstream direction is quite prevalent, the songs carries a slight charm within each riff and lyric, especially when the chorus hits. I see big things in Four Year Strong’s future, and if this album doesn’t catapult them to a higher state, I don’t know what will.
Listen to “Stuck in the Middle” below and make sure you check out Some Way, Shape, or Form out October 11th on Universal Motown Records.