Four Year Strong are often a band that are heralded by the majority of the pop-punk kingdom and those around it as somewhat a trend setter, and deservedly so after their meteoric rise due to second studio album ‘Rise Or Die Trying’ released some four years ago now. Formed in 2001 in Massachusetts in the US of A, their third full-length effort ‘Enemy Of The World’ is a highly anticipated album, and within moments of making ears ring from the sheer brilliance of the opening track ‘It Must Really Suck To Be Four Year Strong Right Now’ you can tell why.
Take some New Found Glory and mix it in with a little bit of Comeback Kid and you have the general gist of the record. From the first second it is typical Four Year Strong as they concoct the perfect mixture of hardcore and pop-punk which will have you bedroom moshing in an instant from pressing the play button. Not too dissimilar to other bands such as Fight Fair and older classics like Bangarang, this effort takes the band to a whole new level on the growling popular pop mosh scale. Without a doubt the anthem of the album is ‘Wasting Time (Eternal Summer)’ as the melody of the hook and the traditional and well-loved gang vocals melt together to form a masterpiece. It is definitely a song which will be taken to a another level live, something which is certainly a sight that all pop-punk fans will enjoy. With breakdowns and “woahs” aplenty, there is a part of this album for everyone to enjoy, ‘Nineteen With Neck Tatz’ being one that sticks out like a sore thumb.
Having toured all around the world, inspiring numerous bands to imitate them and releasing two award capable albums since their inception there is not much more the band can do in terms of success, but with the way this sounds and the loving fanbase that’s behind them there’s not a place Four Year Strong can’t go. This album is a definite summer fun record, and one that will be on constant repeat on people’s stereos and mp3 players for months, and maybe even years to come. Four Year Strong could well be the new face of pop-punk.
Written by Dominic Wyatt