Shirts For A Cure Robbed At Warped Tour
Shirts For A Cure is an awesome DIY non-profit organization that sells band t-shirts and donates the proceeds to cancer research. We were heartbroken to see the news that yesterday at the Virginia Beach date of Warped Tour, someone stole most of their profits from this summers sales. Please share this around, and if anyone hears anything, please let us know and we will keep you updated on how you can help.
We are very upset to see that someone who attends a tour that we love would do something like this to such a great organization.
Ashley Cadwallader (Garcia) Releases Statement On Her Split From Smalls
Earlier today we posted that Ashley had made the decision to leave Smalls after months of feeling out of place due to her coming out as gay. Brittney and Billy, currently still in Smalls, have made their statements, and Ashley has responded. Check out all of the statements by clicking Read More.
Smalls Vocalist Leaves Group
Our really good friend Ashley Cadwallader from Smalls announced last night, after their show in Long Island, that she would be leaving Smalls, getting on a plane and going back to her home of Los Angeles. For the last few months, Ashley has been dealing with being ostracized by a few of her former bandmates, one of whom is her ex-boyfriend, after she came out as gay and proceeded to have a relationship with a woman. We’ve spoken to Ashley on numerous occasions, and she is such a fantastic person and very passionate about her music, and no one deserves this sort of treatment.
You can check out a statement from someone close to the situation, as well as the statement Ashley posted last night by clicking Read More.
Records In Stores Today
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EP REVIEW: ‘Go Down In History’ - Four Year Strong
Four Year Strong is back at it with their latest EP, Go Down In History, making a strong statement that the band that completely blew us away with its first two original full-length albums hasn’t gone anywhere.
Four Year Strong’s last album, In Some Way, Shape, Or Form, was considered by some to be a disappointment. It wasn’t bad, per se, but it lacked much of what makes the band so unique in this genre.
Well for those that felt that way, have no fear, because the super crunchy guitars, gritty group vocals, and unpredictable musicality are back in full force with Go Down In History.
There’s nothing shy about this EP at all. Much like the opening track to their 2010 album, Enemy of the World, Four Year Strong starts us off with a punch to the face with “What’s In The Box?” Not only does this song immediately greet us with many of the familiar styles and sounds from past work, but it also presents us with continued growth and maturity in the band’s songwriting.
The chorus features the lyrics “when the push comes to shove, I’ll shove it down your throat. Before you mess it all up, make sure like hell you don’t.”
Upon first listen, I thought: Welcome back, boys.
It normally takes a little while to listen to an album or EP before I feel comfortable writing a review. Not with this one. From the very start, I was getting chills to hear Four Year Strong hit us with the familiar, yet new punch we all love.
“Living Proof Of A Stubborn Youth” starts with a walking guitar riff that leads you to wonder what’s coming next. The song halts to a bridge that nearly resembles a whisper before breaking into their trademarked belt-it-out finish.
Upon listening, by now you’re likely already convinced on this EP, and then “Tread Lightly” takes you on another walk along a guitar line that drives the song into a group chorus that is sure to fill up whatever speakers you’re sampling the tune from.
What once again took me back to the days of Enemy of the World is the way this EP closes itself out. Enemy of the World ended with two powerful tracks, the first being the album’s title track.
This time around, Four Year Strong begins to walk us home with the title track, “Go Down In History”. Quite simply, it’s everything you’d want in a song from these guys.
The track starts off with an anthem-like introduction, only to break down to a verse that builds and builds and builds until you find yourself in a chorus belted out in call-and-response-form between guitarists/vocalists Dan O’Connor and Alan Day. They blast you away with as catchy a chorus as the band has written to date.
“Live like a time bomb, that doesn’t have long. Go down in history!” are lyrics that are sure to be a crowd pleaser at live shows for years and years to come.
Finally, the guys close out the album with “So You’re Saying There’s A Chance”, summing up the album with another catchy, unpredictable, and musically impressive song.
Four Year Strong puts it all together with Go Down In History. It’s a great chapter for the band and its fans. Many were left to wonder what was next for the band after its last album, and it appears they’ve made a statement that the same combination of sounds and songwriting that made the band so unique is back and here to stay.
Personally, listening to the EP was extremely exciting. Four Year Strong blew everyone away over a four-year span (clever, eh?) from 2007-2010 with its full-lengths Rise Or Die Trying and Enemy Of The World.
There’s something that connects you to the pop punk bands you love, and oftentimes it has to do with the sounds and messages you first heard. With Four Year Strong, a lot of that familiarity has come back along with a bunch of new and unexpected twists.
This EP will reconnect many fans with Four Year Strong.