Rise or Die Trying

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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
There was a period of time when singsongy punk-pop and emo were two separate styles -- especially when each initially gained popularity in the late '90s. But sometime during the early 21st century, both styles collided together for many new groups -- case in point, Four Year Strong. Hailing from Worcester, MA, this quintet (comprised of two singer/guitarists -- Alan Day and Dan O'Conner -- plus bassist Joe Weiss, synth twiddler Josh Lyford, and drummer Jake Massucco) never met a tuneful melody it didn't like, as evidenced throughout its full-length debut, 2007's Rise or Die Trying. It would be understandable if the band were quickly labeled as "tricky yet sticky-sweet ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Prato
There was a period of time when singsongy punk-pop and emo were two separate styles -- especially when each initially gained popularity in the late '90s. But sometime during the early 21st century, both styles collided together for many new groups -- case in point, Four Year Strong. Hailing from Worcester, MA, this quintet (comprised of two singer/guitarists -- Alan Day and Dan O'Conner -- plus bassist Joe Weiss, synth twiddler Josh Lyford, and drummer Jake Massucco) never met a tuneful melody it didn't like, as evidenced throughout its full-length debut, 2007's Rise or Die Trying. It would be understandable if the band were quickly labeled as "tricky yet sticky-sweet punk-pop" given its affinity for anthemic choruses and abrupt music shifts -- but there are a few surprises lurking around the corner. Cases in point, "Prepare to Be Digitally Manipulated" packs a surprise hardcore left hook midway through, and "Abandon Ship or Abandon All Hope" features some subtle Rentals-esque synth maneuvers. It was only a matter of time until punk-pop swerved into other styles, and Four Year Strong's Rise or Die Trying signals this shift.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2007
  • Label: I Surrender Records
  • UPC: 637872100820
  • Catalog Number: 8
  • Sales rank: 36,346

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Four Year Strong Primary Artist
Daniel O'Connor Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Mat Bruso Vocals
Alan Day Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Josh Lyford Synthesizer, Group Member
Dan O'Connor Guitar, Vocals
Jackson Massucco Drums
Brooks Plummer Background Vocals
Joe Weiss Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Nich Hanterelis Background Vocals
Matt Robnet Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Richard King Digital Editing
Daniel O'Connor Logo
Nik Tyler Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Four Year Strong Composer
Alan Day Composer, Digital Editing
Dan O'Connor Composer
Matt Robnett Audio Production
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