Four Year Strong – Some Of You Will Like This // Some Of You Won’t – REVIEW

Hailing from New England the Punk Rockers Four Year Strong are set to release their new record on the 8th of September. The record which is titled Some Of You Will Like This // Some Of You Won’t is set to be a great release with the band playing some of their old songs in new compositions or unplugged and also dropping a few new cuts at the same time. But without further ado let’s break down this new Four Year Strong release.

It Must Really Suck To Be Four Year Strong Right Now kick starts this new record. It is a song everyone knows and is possibly FYS’ most recognizable song, but on this record and with its reimagination the song finds a new lease of life with a very beautiful and haunting musical composition that adds a new dimension to the track. Alongside this, the re-work just shows what is in-store for the rest of this record, from the beautiful vocal performances to the well-orchestrated instrumentation it is clear that FYS on this record, are setting out to please with this unplugged rarities album. All together this opening track is a beautiful redesign which opens up the album in a clear and strong way.

following on from this album opener is a duo of tracks which is fronted by Heroes Get Remembered, Legends Never Die. The simple acoustic rendition of this song allows for the vocal performances to come to the foreground and display the ability that Alan Day and Dan O’Connor have. Although the instrumentation is far simpler than the songs original makeup there doesn’t seem to be any loss of quality in between the two very different versions of this song, with each word being just as powerful as they once had been and the new instrumentation allowing for some further internal meaning.

The second half of this duo is Go Down In History; A song which shows FYS taking a different approach to this notion of re-imagining a track, as in this the band find themselves adding in these brief moments of electronic instrumentation. Alongside this, the band switch out from the acoustic to add in this fuller and well toned electric which exists for the most part of the track. Again, as with the first two tracks and any other cuts off of this record the vocal performances are the main thing to keep an eye out for on this song, as with Four Year Strong taking a far more relaxed approach to the vocals they are able to showcase some beautifully crafted vocal melodies whilst also being able to fall back into the rougher vocal performances that they are known for

Following on from this duo is the a trio of tracks which starts with We All Float Down Here. A track which exists as far more than just a simple reimagining of the track that first came on their S/T (Self-Titled) from 2015, as the rendition of the track on this record feels like it is almost a step up from the bands original composition, especially when the band take a step away from the breakdown to focus more on to a country influenced solo.

The second part of this trio is Nice To Know which is not only the first full band song but is also the first new track on the record. The track moves along at a very steady pace with well-orchestrated instrumentation and well-toned guitars which are almost the center piece of the track. At the same time, the band start to mix in some electronic drums and instrumentation. This track is a great addition to the record as the overall composition of the song flows well with the album and what has come before it, but also shows the bands ability to create a cohesive track in and amongst some of their best cuts. The final part of this cut is Who Cares? which is a great unplugged rendition of a song of their 2015 s/t record whose tempo is slightly slower than thre original but also allows for more clarity vocally than what many may be used to from the full band version that sat upon the bands last album.

Let Me Down is another new track that is situated upon Some Of You May Like This…. Musically this track is interesting as it yet again explores more dynamics that the band has shown that they are able to do before. Specifically in this, however, FYS are almost exploring some Alt-Rock ideas whilst sticking to their iconic sound vocally. Overall this song is possibly the best of the new songs that exist on this record as even though the instrumentation feels simple at times none of it is wasted. Everything has a specific purpose.

Following on from the second original track is Stuck In The Middle and so happens to be one of the closest fully unplugged songs that exists on the record. However, even then the change to acoustic forces the band to alter things up, still showing some form of country exploration, which although at first feels odd completely compliments the track and showcases the bands musical ability as the song powers through to the end. Accompanying this is Abandon Ship, which is not only a stripped back version of the title of the song, but also of the song itself. Boiling it down to this very simple and beautifully constructed acoustic track which in a way almost takes on a ballad feeling. Having said that this is unfortunately the weakest track on the record. Even though this by no means is a bad track, as the band explore even more of these country ideas with this waning guitar that occassionaly features in the track as FYS’ vocalists croon on top.

Your Ego Is Writing Checks Your Body Can’t Cash is a song which has existed since the bands EP titled Demo 2006 and despite some slightly higher production the track hasn’t changed all that much. Having said that the instrumentation on this song is beautifully orchestrated which again allows for these chilling vocal melodies to take a hold of the song.  This Summer Session is a similar track which finds its beginnings in the early part of FYS’ discography.

For Our Father’s rounds off what is a spectacular journey through Four Year Strong reimagining tracks and displaying new songs such as this one. For Our Father’s is a powerful and beautifully crafted closer to this record. This song is a haunting cut which sends chills down the spine from the vocal performances which stick in the mind long after this record finishes.

Overall, Some Of You Will Like This // Some Of You Won’t from Four Year Strong has little to no flaws, with them looking back at some of their best songs and them producing three new cuts which are second to none. Four Year Strong do not once drop the ball on this record displaying their ability to create songs out of their normal area of expertise but doing so with finesse. This record is definetly one to check out if you still are or have ever been a fan of the band as there is little to not be loved, from the beautiful vocal performances to the tight and well written instrumentation this album is a joy. [8.5/10]

Hypophora Release New Double Single and Video

Math Post-Hardcore outfit Hypophora on the 31st of October released a video for part of their upcoming double single. Youth is out of the two singles the lead and through this video and the song it shows just how well the band work together. With it sometimes more complex mathy side the band show quite a lot of musical prowess. Alongside Katie McConnell’s well rounded vocals Youth is a very good song to listen to.

Yet on the flip side of this we get Caught which has a completely different feel and whilst we still get these complex math parts, mainly from Karum Cooper, in the songs composition this one is far closer to the Post-Hardcore the band label themselves under. This track though feels weaker than Youth but is still a track that is filled with energy and shows the band in a very good light for the future. However on a whole Caught/Youth together make for a very entertaining Double A Side which is definitely worth checking out when it drops on Novemeber 11th [8]. But you can check out the video for Youth below.

Pre-order the 7″ here: http://easyaction.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&path=61&product_id=445

Missed-icology: Songs/Videos You May Have Missed!

Here at Musicology, we know that there’s always music popping up everywhere that you might not have even had time for the smaller artists to pop up into your news feed. Fear not, because we are able to provide you a list of songs, as well as music videos, that may have slipped under your radar, so let us dive in!


MANSELL – A LOVE IMMODEST

Mansell are based in Arizona and use their roots in the alternative/indie scene to help create something expressive and artistic for everyone to enjoy!

Genre: Indie Rock / Alternative
FFO:
Bastille / Of Monsters & Men
Album/Release Date:
N/A (N/A)
Label:
Independent


BETTER THAN NEVER – LEARNING TO SWIM

Bringing some strong pop punk vibes from the UK, this Oxford six-piece will definitely be bring the stage dives with this single!

Genre: Pop Punk
FFO: 
Neck Deep / WSTR
Album/Release Date: 
Head Under Water EP (2nd Dec 2016)
Label: 
Fox Records


FROM INDIAN LAKES – BLANK TAPES

It’s atmospheric, its soft, its beautiful and above all, its an amazing track! Another indie track but going a more emotional route to keep you engaged.

Genre: Indie Pop
FFO: 
Portugal. The Man / Foxing
Album/Release Date: 
Everything Feels Better Now (OUT NOW)
Label: 
Triple Crown Records


SLOWCOACHES – DRAG

It’s time for some more distorted punk rock to get you off your feet! This London three piece bring something full of summertime madness and quick paced!

Genre: Punk Rock
FFO: 
Sham 69 / Gnarwolves
Album/Release Date: 
Nothing Gives (2nd Dec 2016)
Label: 
Leisure & District


ERIC JOHNSON – ONCE UPON A TIME IN TEXAS

The instrumental acoustic is alive and well in this track. Featuring the same guy who brought you ‘Cliffs Of Dover‘ brings you his first acoustic/piano record with this tasty morsel.

Genre: Acoustic / Instrumental
FFO: 
Steve Vai / Paul Gilbert
Album/Release Date: 
ej (OUT NOW)
Label: 
Many labels.


THE DIRTY NIL – FRIENDS IN THE SKY

Bringing something alternative to the punk element with a very stylised music video, this Canadian trio aren’t showing any signs of slowing down!

Genre: Punk Rock / Rock And Roll
FFO: 
Modern Baseball / Joyce Manor
Album/Release Date:
Higher Power (OUT NOW)
Label: 
Dine Alone Records


LAZLO – MAN UP

Bringing the bro side of things, Northern UK based alternative rock band have something following the somewhat drunken life of a man with a boisterous track behind him.

Genre: Alternative Rock / Punk Rock
FFO: 
Don Broco / Mallory Knox
Album/Release Date: 
N/A (N/A)
Label: 
Spoken Records UK


NEWMOON – HELIUM

Throwing you back into something trippy, The alternative from Antwerp aren’t shy of experimenting and showing theyre not a small fish in a big pond.

Genre: Alternative Rock / Experimental Rock
FFO: Hotel Books / Modest Mouse
Album/Release Date: 
Space (OUT NOW)
Label: 
PIAS Recordings


BEWARE OF DARKNESS – MUTHAFUCKA!

Closing this list is a slow placed hard rock/stoner rock feeling track with a powerful main riff behind it and some of the most distinct vocals you’ll ever hear!

Genre: Hard Rock / Stoner Rock
FFO: The Shrine / Black Spiders
Album/Release Date: 
Are You Real? (OUT NOW)
Label: 
Bright Antenna Records


We hope you enjoyed this list as there is plenty more to come over the next few weeks, including tours that may have passed you by and albums/EP’s that you need to check out!