Hardcore-pop-punk moved from Pyramids to Wedge

Four Year Strong come to Southsea
Four Year Strong come to Southsea
Boris Giltburg. Picture by Sasha Gusov

Celebrate the Triumph and Passion with the BSO at Portsmouth Guildhall

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What does the name Four Year Strong mean to you?

If it means an American rock band, who have appeared on massive US tours like Warped, played UK festivals like Sonisphere and Hevy, and been featured in Rolling Stone magazine’s 40 Bands You Need To Know, then you know exactly who they are.

If you knew none of the above, then read on to learn about the hardcore-pop-punk band who have just finished a South American tour with pop-punk legends, New Found Glory.

The four-piece have gone from strength to strength since the release of their debut album, Rise or Die Trying, in 2007.

Their catchy rock beats caught the ear of Fallout Boy’s Pete Wentz in 2008 and he signed them to his Decaydance record label alongside hot US bands like Panic! At The Disco (who play in Southampton on Wednesday) and Cobra Starship.

The band have avoided the pretty-boy image that dominates the scene, preferring instead to let their music do the talking.

Dan O’ Connor, guitarist and vocalist for the band, explains: ‘We’re just playing exactly what we want to hear.’

Their latest album, In Some Way, Shape or Form, released in November, reflects a slightly rockier edge.

You can hear it live at the Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea on Tuesday, when they will be supported by Massachusetts pop-punk band A Loss For Words and Don Broco, an alternative band from Bedford.


Tickets cost £12.50 in advance from (023) 9286 3911 or £15 on the door from 7.30pm. The show was originally planned for the Pyramids and tickets remain valid.