Four Year Strong Still as Revved-Up As Ever with New Album ‘Brain Pain’ — Listen


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The end of the “oughts,” a.k.a the years between 2007 and 2010, were heady ones for pop-punk. The Vans Warped Tour was still very much a yearly obligation for many bands and punk/rock fans of all ages, and it was in that scene that Massachusetts’ Four Year Strong emerged.

A decade later, the band has released its new album, Brain Pain, the fifth FYS record overall and first since 2015’s self-titled affair. Lest fans be concerned that the band has fallen off a bit in its “old age” — at least in terms of the viability of the “pop punk” scene now compared to when the band unleashed Enemy of the World in 2010 — this record packs quite a punch.

Four Year Strong made its presence felt with passionate, high-energy songs with machine gun riffs, shout-along vocals and thoughtful lyrics, and it’s all here on this record. But so is growth — as the single “Learn to Love the Lie” demonstrates:

Four Year Strong worked with Will Putney, an engineer on Enemy of the World, for this record, and it seems to have been a smart move, as Brain Pain has as many fist-pumping, crowd-pleasing (not to mention catchy) songs on it as you’d want from an FYS record in 2020.

Stream it below, via Spotify:

Catch Four Year Strong on the road with Silverstein over the next few months:

2/28 – London, ON @ London Music Hall
2/29 – Montreal, QC @ Le National
3/1 – Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
3/3 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
3/4 – Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
3/6 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
3/7 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
3/8 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
3/10 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live!
3/11 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
3/13 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
3/14 – St Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live
3/15 – New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre
3/16 – Houston, TX Warehouse
3/19 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
3/20 – San Antonio, TX @ Vibes
3/21 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
3/22 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine
3/24 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
3/25 – Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee
3/27 – Los Angeles, CA @ Belasco
3/28 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
3/29 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency
3/31 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
4/1 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
4/3 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
4/4 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
4/5 – Kansas City, MO @ Truman
4/7 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
4/8 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
4/9 – Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak
4/10 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
4/11 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth
5/23 – Leeds, UK – Slam Dunk
5/24 – Hatfield, UK – Slam Dunk
5/26 – Haarlem, NL – Patronaat
5/27 – Cologne, DE – Gebaude 9
5/28 – Berlin, DE – Cassiopa
5/30 – Paris, FR – Slam Dunk


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