Four Year Strong – Glasgow, The Garage - 8 June 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Allan Maxwell   
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 04:30

2007 saw the release of ‘Rise Or Die Trying’, the breakthrough album by the Massachusetts quartet Four Year Strong. Now, ten years on they are touring this album on their ‘European Takeover’ tour, reminding everyone why they fell in love with this band.


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From the second Four Year Strong walk onto the stage you can feel the energy in the room come alive and you know neither band nor audience are not here to mess around. A quick hello and straight into The Takeover. The perfect way to open a show.


The raw throaty screams from guitarists/vocalists Dan O'Connor and Alan Day whip the Glasgow crowd into a frenzy. A small technical Issue with Days guitar doesn't impact the ferocity of the opener. With little time wasted between songs they power through the album track by track.


The passion, the energy and conviction of the band invoked the exact same response from the Glasgow audience who showed the band exactly how they felt with wave upon wave upon wave of crowd surfers, circle pits and bouncing.


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After playing through ‘Rise Or Die Trying’, FYS treat us with more of their later hits ending the set with sing-a-long anthem ‘It Must Really Suck To Be Four Year Strong Right Now’. There can't be a single person in this venue who isn't singing along at the top of their lungs. They disappear for a quick minute before returning with one more song. Day provokes the audience to get to the front and show them all they have and the Glasgow crowd do not disappoint. ‘Wasting Time’ is a perfect end to the perfect set by a band that should be playing venues much larger than this. 


There is not one second of this show that has dipped in energy. Every note played, every word sung, every bead of sweat was delivered with heartfelt intensity, with O'Connor and Day in control from the very second they step on stage to the second they leave.


Like they sing in ‘It Must Suck…’: "Don't fix it if it hasn't broken yet".


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