The Story So Far
Four Year Strong
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Hawthorne Theatre 503-233-7100
1507 SE 39th Ave, Portland, OR
7:30pm (doors open at 6:30pm). All Ages.
$22.00 advance tix from Cascade Tickets.
$25.00 at the door.
ABOUT THE STORY SO FAR--
The Story So Far are the West Coast's brightest star in pop punk. Based in San Francisco Bay Area's East Bay the band has developed a rabid following, routinely running up and down the coast.
Under Soil And Dirtis the band's debut full length. It follows up two highly acclaimed EPs, the most recent of which being a 7 inch split with Maker. While it'd be easy to lump TSSF in with some of the other pop punk bands making waves, Under Soil And Dirt pushes the band out of the conventional box.
While the album is catchy and full of melody it often tows the line between hardcore and hard rock all while clearly making a statement about the band's punk rock leanings. The songs are honest, sincere, and emotional and the music behind the lyrics is as heavy as it is accessible. This is absolutely a definitive release for TSSF, the record just speaks for itself.
ABOUT FOUR YEAR STRONG--
Four Year Strong rose to the occasion with their 2007 debut Rise or Die Trying. They explained it all in 2009 with Explains It All, an album of influential 90s cover songs. In 2010, Four Year Strong have released their most powerful release to date: Enemy of the World. Alan Day (Vocals/Guitar), Dan O'Conner (Vocals/Guitar), Joe Weiss (Bass), Josh Lyford (Synth), and Jake Massucco (Drums) are Four Year Strong. The band has long since graduated from their closet venue and community center background, selling out 2000-capacity headlining shows across America with their perfected formula of unrelenting spirit, gut-wrenchingly good music, and no flashy gimmicks. Their unique blend of brutal breakdowns and soaring choruses incites a riot like nothing seen before, leaving live crowds and CD listeners alike fired up and eager for more.
Their debut, Rise or Die Trying, caught the ears of Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz and in February 2008, the band was proud to announce its partnership with Decaydance Records, joining the ranks of bands like Panic! At The Disco and Gym Class Heroes. With the support of both Decaydance and Universal Motown, Four Year Strong are building themselves to the top with an indestructible foundation.
Their influences range from Lifetime to Saves the Day, Gorilla Biscuits to New Found Glory. "We just play exactly what we want to hear," describes Dan, explaining their combination of hardcore and pop-punk. The five guys of Four Year Strong have already headlined multiple tours and shared the stage with Paramore, AFI, and pop-punk legends New Found Glory, as well as touring across Japan, Australia, Europe and the UK.
Four Year Strong have graced the covers of Alternative Press, Kerrang, AMP and Outburn Magazines, not to mention a spot as one of Rolling Stone's "40 Bands You Need To Know". Frequenting the iTunes Top Alternative charts, Smartpunk Top 10 sales and Purevolume's "most played" charts, the band has garnered over 19 million plays on MySpace by simply making music the way they want it to be made.
Four Year Strong combine equal parts melody and mayhem; however, their true talent lies in the ability to use these parts to create one exciting, infectious whole. "We wanted to put out a great record and not just a bunch of great songs." Four Year Strong continue to move up and up until they've taken the world by storm and their new album, Enemy of the World, is a powerhouse testament to hard work and good music. Enemy of the World arrived March 9th, 2010 at number #45 on the Billboard Top 200. With an upcoming headlining Tonight We Feel Alive tour, there is only one way to prepare for the power will follow in the coming months:
Terror is an L.A.-based hardcore band formed by East Coast transplant, vocalist Scott Vogel, formerly lead singer with Buffalo, NY, bands like Despair, Sludgefest, and Buried Alive. Founded in April 2002 shortly after Vogel's relocation, Terror issued a four-song demo that circulated among the underground scene before releasing a 7" through Takeover Records. A bunch of touring later, the guys -- further including guitarist Todd Jones (ex-Carry On), and First Blood members, drummer Nick Jett (also of Carry On and Piece by Piece), bassist Carl Schwartz, and guitarist Doug Weber -- signed with Bridge 9 and entered a Cleveland studio to record. The resulting nine-song EP Lowest of the Low was released in January 2003, and (true to form) the band spent the rest of the year touring, including a stint in Europe with Biohazard. With Frank Novinec replacing Jones, Terror signed with Trustkill Records, and issued two albums of metallic hardcore through the label: 2004's One with the Underdogs and 2006's Always the Hard Way. Schwartz had left the band prior to Christmas 2005 to concentrate fully on First Blood and he was replaced on bass by Jonathan Buske; Novinec left as well, in his case to join Hatebreed, and Martin Stewart (ex-Donnybrook!) was soon welcomed on second guitar.