Four Year Strong is one of those bands that’s been underrated and overlooked. They've been around forever, and they've put out music that's on par with several bands that make similar music. They’ve never gotten the attention they deserved. Maybe it's because their music is too aggressive for fans of the pop punk/mainstream genre to follow but too soft for the hardcore music fans to follow. Still, they've built up a sizeable following by putting out some awesome music. Their latest release, Brain Pain follows that trend.
What's cool about this album from Four Year Strong is that it reflects their age. For those of us who've grown up with the band, there was a lot of energy and hope to what they used to sing about. Now, it's more about being pissed off with the state of things paired with reflecting. There's a lot of questioning state of mind and self-doubt. The lyric content reflects that but sonically the music does too. The bass and drums absolutely boom through here and that speaks more to that type of feeling than a big guitar. Add that rhythm section with the vocals of Alan Day and Dan O'Connor and you're really in that reflective mood. They're both older and their voices have aged too, and it meshes well with the content their singing about.
Always in between two sounds, there are lots of bands that have followed the path of Four Year Strong. They used to be the only band that put out music like this, now there's a new band that comes out every month that does something similar. Still, Four Year Strong does it better than most and Brain Pain showcases that in a big way.