Welcome back to the late 2000s.
Four Year Strong's last release, 2011's In Some Way, Shape Or Form, alienated a part of their fanbase by moving toward a more radio-friendly rock sound. But all signs point to the group's new effort, the Go Down In History EP, being a return to form for the band that helped popularize the "easycore" subset of pop-punk. Stream the first song released from the EP, "Tread Lightly," above.
Out July 22 via upcoming punk-centric indie label Pure Noise Records, Go Down In History will revisit the sound that Four Year Strong focused on with 2007's Rise Or Die Trying and 2010's Enemy of The World. Those records brought FYS, led by the barrel-roll dual vocal attack of Alan Day and Dan O'Connor, into the spotlight on the Warped Tour circuit.
Seeing as how "Tread Lightly" is nothing short of a banger of a cut, it's obvious that the Worcester, MA-based quartet will be playing it every day this summer during their Warped Tour set. The track has all the fixings that old fans wanted to see return, as huge production from Machine (whose previous credits include Lamb of God, Nine Inch Nails and FYS' own Enemy of The World) underlies a riff-heavy melody with the foreboding beat riding strong throughout. Gang vocals and a shout-along chorus complete the setting.