Review by Shannon Shumaker
Four Year Strong have absolutely proven that they’ve still got it with their new EP, Go Down In History. While I wasn’t necessarily the biggest fan of the band’s 2011 release, In Some Way Shape Or Form, the moment that the opening riff in the first track, “What’s In The Box?” kicked in, Four Year Strong had easily won my heart all over again. And with an opening song as strong, catchy and fast paced as “What’s In The Box?” Four Year Strong set the bar high for this one.
And the best part? They don’t falter. Go Down In History just doesn’t have one weak point. Four Year Strong stick with the high energy, heavy pop-punk sound that they coined with their 2010 release Enemy Of The World, and just build on top of that. After “What’s In The Box?” comes “Living Proof Of A Stubborn Youth,” which is lyrically one of the best songs on the EP. If anything, this second track just proves that Four Year Strong aren’t going anywhere – as the song says, they’re “taking back our generation.” Every single track on Go Down History is sing-along worthy; from the EP’s single “Tread Lightly” and the ridiculously catchy “Go Down In History” that makes you want to scream the words along with the band, to the final track on the album, “So You’re Saying There’s a Chance…”
Go Down In History has easily been one of the most anticipated albums of 2014, and with good reason. After a three year gap in releasing new music, Four Year Strong have struck gold, proving that they’re back and ready to take the pop-punk scene by storm yet again.
Listen to "What's In The Box?"