Four Year Strong

by Four Year Strong

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RK Where melody, energy, and volume collide: Four Year Strong's still going strong, showing they're not averse to reinventing themselves while staying true to their (reinvented?) roots. Also, it's one of those albums that grows on you from those roots: instead of instant singalongs, the album increasingly reveals its interesting nature (dare I say subtlety) after several intense listening sessions. At ludicrously high volume of course! Favorite track: The Sound Of Your Heart.
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Jamie Watt Purchasing this album didn't even come into question. They are by far my favourite band, and although I was in the minority who loved their previous release, this self-titled is a prime example of why Four Year Strong are the leaders in easycore/pop punk/melodic hardcore/awesome music. This record gets back to what they're known for (minus the synthesizer, of course). It's a stellar release.

Watch out for those breakdowns. Favorite track: Stolen Credit Card!.
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Charlie Österlund Hairpulling riffs, stellar hooks and pummeling breakdowns rain galore. Punk music doesn't get any more fun than this, bravo guys. Favorite track: Wipe Yourself Off, Man. You Dead..
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released June 2, 2015

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Track Name: I Hold Myself In Contempt
Just stop the act
You've been climbing up my back to weigh me down
I attempt
Keeping you and all your baggage off the ground

You're not just another nail in my coffin
You're the box I'm laid to rotten alone in
But don't be surprised if I don't make it out alive

So get a grip, you're losing it
Your time is fading fast
I won't waste another second picking you up when you're falling

Back away
I'm anything but ok
What's the point of living if you're already dead?
Take the best
Of everything I've got left
I won't waste my days hating myself to death

What's left to say?
I've been heading down this road, or so I'm told
Apparently I'm out of control
Apparently I'm about to explode

I never thought that I'd be giving you up
I never thought that I'd be giving you up, I never
I never thought that you'd be holding me back
I never thought that you'd be holding me back

So get a grip, you're losing it
Your time is fading fast
I won't waste another second picking you up when you're falling

Back away
I'm anything but ok
What's the point of living if you're already dead?
Take the best
Of everything I've got left
I won't waste my days hating myself to death

There will be nothing left of you when I go
Because of you, the air I breathe is suffocating
I won't waste another second on you
Picking you up when you fall

Back away
I'm anything but ok
What's the point of living if you're already dead?
Take the best
Of everything I've got left
I won't waste my days hating myself to death

So take the best
Of everything I've got left
I won't waste my days hating myself to death
Track Name: We All Float Down Here
Peel your skin back to show what you’re made of
Too bad you never did have the guts to know
where your heart should go

Sit back and twiddle your fingers
Hope that no one else figures out the way that you play the game

Starved for attention that alone wouldn’t you fill up
So you feed on the weak and you drink up their blood,
but someday they’ll turn on you

I’ll watch the world go up in flames
I’ll strike the match to help you do the same
The time is now, tick tock, its ticking away
So now I’m here to rain on your parade

Take a look in the mirror
“Who’s that”?
Someone in fear of running out of good places to hide


Crawl out from the dark
Feel the light hit your face
It will never be as bright as the spotlight you crave
But watch out before it burns you
Track Name: Eating My Words
Stop putting words in my mouth
They taste better when they’re coming out
Still I can’t help but choke them down when you’re around but I can’t seem to keep it down

Don’t let it go to your head
I’m not here for my health if I was then I’d be dead
Instead I’m testing my patience waiting around for you to be gracious
I’ll never let go

Don’t be afraid
I’m on the front lines to fight for you

Last time I said goodbye I thought my good years were washed up
Hung out to dry
With the mindset that everything was fine but then I realized
That it was right in front of my eyes

Everyday I’m smashed and ripped and torn to bits that never fit the mold
But I recognize the way that I was never really whole
Track Name: Wipe Yourself Off, Man. You Dead.
Clear my head
It's all I got left
It's the only thing to keep me from winding up dead

And I could never believe
That we can't even see
That this madness feeds our sanity

Watch the dust start to rise through the air
I don't know if it ever comes back again
Breathe it in so I never forget where we came from

Don't put out the fire
It's been the summer like I wanted but it's never enough
And although my bones are tired
I won't change a thing

Bear the crowd
We'll live like royals
How the hell? Wait no, wake up
My brain is boiled

And still we all play the game
In the sun and the rain
'Cause this madness feeds our sanity

Feel the heat as it's beating me down
I don't know if I'll ever get up again
Take it in so I never forget where we came from

Don't put out the fire
It's been the summer like I wanted but it's never enough
And although my bones are tired
I won't change a thing

When it's gone, its never gone for too long

This madness feeds our sanity

Watch the dust start to rise through the air
I don't know if it ever comes back again
Breathe it in so I'll never forget
I will never forget where we came from

Don't put out the fire
It's been the summer like I wanted but it's never enough
And although my bones are tired
I won't change a thing

When it's gone, its never gone for too long
Track Name: Stolen Credit Card!
Beat by beat, and line by line
I've got a hole in my heart that once had pride
For fifteen years and in my time
Watch my life flash right before my eyes

I'm fading into be unfamiliar
I'm spending my time holding my breath

If you're gonna' tear me down
Then you better have both feet planted on the ground

Open up your eyes and let the light in
Take a shot in the dark
I've got my ear to the ground and my eye on the prize
Take a leap of faith, we've gotta' learn how to fly
It's my time to shine, I'm gonna' light up the world
'Til I'm the last one standing

Locked inside a room without a door
Found a crack spreading all along the floor
I saw bright light through the divide
So I dug my way through to the other side

What happened to the burning desire
For you to pull yourself back to your feet?

If you're gonna' tear me down
Then you better have both feet planted on the ground

Open up your eyes and let the light in
Take a shot in the dark
I've got my ear to the ground and my eye on the prize
Take a leap of faith, we've gotta' learn how to fly
It's my time to shine, I'm gonna' light up the world
'Til I'm the last one standing

All the years knowing the truth with nothing to lose
In time the stars will align and show you the proof
But will it matter to you if I ever pull through?

Save me
Bring me back to life

If you're gonna' tear me down
Then you better have both feet planted on the ground

Open up your eyes and let the light in
Take a shot in the dark
I've got my ear to the ground and my eye on the prize
Take a leap of faith, we've gotta' learn how to fly
It's my time to shine, I'm gonna' light up the world
'Til I'm the last one standing
Track Name: Gravity
It's about time that you paid attention
Walked a million miles in the wrong direction
Go back, back home where your heart should be
Go back to when you thought that you'd never agree to be broken
Show the world that you're coming in locked and loaded
What's the worse that could happen anyway?

Don't forget to stop and take a breath
Before your lungs have nothing left

Gravity, please don't let go of me
Just keep me from drifting through the atmosphere until I disappear
Every day I'm another world away
From where I'm supposed to be
So gravity, don't let go of me

So sick of the altitude
The higher I go, the more that I lose
It's alright, I'll be fine
I wouldn't mind if I was just falling
'Cause when I hit the ground I'll be running
What's the worse that could happen anyway?

Don't forget to stop and take a breath
Before your lungs have nothing left

Gravity, please don't let go of me
Just keep me from drifting through the atmosphere until I disappear
Every day I'm another world away
From where I'm supposed to be
So gravity, don't let go of me

While I'm drifting away
I hope that you stay away, away from me
But I know you'll just fall back to sleep
And I know my time is winding down
So you find me floating out among the clouds

Don't forget to stop and take a breath
Before your lungs have nothing left

Gravity, please don't let go of me
Just keep me from drifting through the atmosphere until I disappear
Every day I'm another world away
From where I'm supposed to be
So don't you forget about me

Gravity, please don't let go of me
Just keep me from drifting through the atmosphere until I disappear
Every day I'm another world away
From where I'm supposed to be
So gravity, don't let go of me
Track Name: Who Cares?
What's the difference between the right, the wrong?
The black, the white? The weak, the strong?
Are you even listening?
I swear it's like I'm talking to myself

Living in my own personal hell

Take the lead and fight too, or follow
Wonder if I'll be here tomorrow
Is this really happening?

I don't wanna' blur the line
I just wanted to fade away
Save it for somebody who cares

I don't wanna' have to take the reigns and show you how to get there
I got more important things to do
Than care about your point of view

Take the lead and fight too, or follow
Wonder if I'll be here tomorrow
Is this really happening?

I don't wanna' blur the line
I just wanted to fade away
Save it for somebody who cares

Who cares?
Track Name: Here's to Swimming With Bow-legged Women
What's the point?
You've been the hero, the starter
The zero, the martyr
And everything in between
The changing face of a legacy

But I've been waiting a long time on the side lines
For the time to be perfect, the wait to be worth it
To watch you find a way to crash and burn

Brace for the hate, to be the subject of debate
Wait for the perfect time for them to watch you wipe the dirt from your face
As you constantly save us from ourselves
I bet you stop before you destroy something else

Don't be alarmed
You've been the one to compare to, but now I'm prepared to
Let you fade away, let you fall into decay

It's time for you to let go
Break down the walls that stand so tall
I'll watch you find a way to crash and burn

Brace for the hate, to be the subject of debate
Wait for the perfect time for them to watch you wipe the dirt from your face
As you constantly save us from ourselves
I bet you stop before you destroy something else

I can't hear you when you're talking through your teeth
Spit it out, and let me go free

'Cause we're never gonna' be like you
We're never gonna' bend the truth
You're never gonna' break us
We're never gonna' be like you
We're never gonna' bend the truth
You're never gonna' break us...

(I can't hear when you talk through your teeth)
(Spit it out and let me go free)

Brace for the hate, to be the subject of debate
Wait for the perfect time for them to watch you wipe the dirt from your face
As you constantly save us from ourselves
I bet you stop before you destroy something else

We're never gonna' be like you
We're never gonna' bend the truth
You're never gonna' break us
We're never gonna' be like you
We're never gonna' bend the truth
We're never gonna' break!
Track Name: I'm A Big, Bright, Shining Star
I can feel you casting shadows from the far side of the door
But the daylight creeping underneath it makes them easy to ignore
I’m gonna make it out before you take me out
and I’ve got the state of mind that can prove it

This time ill stand through the winter, last through the night
Just keep your head down and you’ll be alright
For the last time I try to hide what you’ve been trying to find

Will we go down like the rest of them?
Living up to the little mistakes
Fitting in to the molds I’ve broken time and time again
Not if I can help it

I will never understand how just a few words can break a man
You’ve got to pay for what you say and what you do
Ill be taking it all in stride
Ill be leaving it all behind me
So forget everything that you think I know
Everything that you wont let go

I want to know what would it take to make want to you try?
I want to know what would it take to make you die?
Track Name: The Sound Of Your Heart
Take a second to discover that your skin is getting tougher
I suffered from a classic case of "nobody cares"
You've been building your walls up as high as you can
What's the point of fighting back if you know you can't stand alone?

It's time that you realize those days are gone
And they're never coming back

So this is the sound of your heart
Well I thought it would be louder
The beats might be too far apart
When they slow to a stop you'll be dying to get back to the start

Sell your soul for a ticket to ride
You've been trying to find a reason to feel more alive
I've been calling the shots for as long as I can
So you're on your own and now you know what it's like to stand alone

It's time that you realize those days are gone
And they're never coming back

So this is the sound of your heart
Well I thought it would be louder
The beats might be too far apart
When they slow to a stop you'll be dying to get back to the start

Show me the light in your heart
Track Name: Go Down In History
Will I ever know what it's called when I see it
Will I feel like it's there when I call
Will I crawl to the end of everything that I've ever known
Just to prove I can conquer it all

But still I know that I am just what you needed
Count to ten but still I'm defeated
Every time that you turn to go

And still, I hang on every word that you mutter
Bite the tongue and choke out the stutter
Every time that you say "hello"

Time rolls on, still I feel like it's already gone

It's never too late to keep your head straight
Move your hands back and forth in perfect symmetry
So you can live like a time bomb that doesn't have long
Go down in history

Is there anyone out there?
Or am I doing this on my own?

This time, I'm gonna take the world on, bracing for impact
Cross my fingers, hope and believe that
You'll be right by my side

Time rolls on, now I feel like it's taking way too long

It's never too late to keep your head straight
Move your hands back and forth and prove it's symmetry
So you can live like a time bomb that doesn't have long
Go down in history

I know my days are numbered, so I'm making them count
I've left those minutes behind me without a second of doubt

It's never too late to keep your head straight
Move your hands back and forth and prove it's symmetry
So you can live like a time bomb that doesn't have long
Go down in history

It's never too late to keep your head straight
Move your hands back and forth and prove it's symmetry
So you can live like a time bomb that doesn't have long
Go down in history