Four Year Strong have announced their fifth full-length album ‘Brain Pain’ will be released on February 28 and have released two new songs.
This will be the band’s first album since their self-titled release in 2015.
The Worcester, Massachusetts band – which is made up of vocalist/guitarists Dan O’Connor and Alan Day, bassist Joe Weiss and drummer Jake Massucco – began conceptualising the ideas for Brain Pain two years ago and for the past year-and-a-half have focused on bringing those thoughts to fruition.
“We didn’t want to set a strict deadline for this album because we wanted to be sure we took the time to write the best songs possible,” the band say.
“In the past our writing and recording was so dependent on getting something out in time to go on tour; this time we really had the opportunity to take our time and work through these ideas.”
In order to capture that sound, the group enlisted producer Will Putney, who was an engineer on 2010’s ‘Enemy Of The World’ and already had a relationship with the band.
“We were really emotionally invested in this music so we wanted to go with someone who we knew would care about it as much as we did and Will was that guy,” Day says.
Talking Myself In Circles and title track Brain Pain are the first singles from their forthcoming album.
It was 100 per cent shot and edited by the band themselves, really cementing the fact that this band is fully immersed in every part of this creative process.
Vocally, Brain Pain sees the band being more direct and carrying over cohesive themes in a way they haven’t done in the past, making for a more complete narrative.
“I think that from a lyrical perspective this is the most thought we’ve ever put into a record,” O’ Connor says.
Sonically, the album’s vocals also sit in the mix in a way that they aren’t battling with the other elements, making Brain Pain the band’s most dynamic release to date.
Brain Pain is out February 28 via Pure Noise Records / Sony Music Australia.