We just released a new EP today on Pure Noise Records called Go Down In History.

Pick it up here right now: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/id885673255

My Proof: http://instagram.com/p/qxFXdnMemC/

**** 10pm DONE! Hey guys that was great! Sorry we couldn't get to all the questions. Limited internet!! any other questions, hit us up on twitter whenever. we'll try to get to them @fouryearstrong

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colesun136 karma

Will you guys do a 10th anniversary tour for Rise Or Die Trying when the time comes?

FYSofficial131 karma

maybe! could be sweet!

anchoricex64 karma

Can you please tell me what the hell bada bing wit a pipe means ? Love that song


FYSofficial168 karma

it was just something stupid my friend damian said one day. it made us laugh. so we named a song after it. the full quote is.."so i clocked that bitch BADA BING wit a pipe!"


MrEli51 karma

What is your relationship like with the guys from the Wonder Years? I know you guys did some awesome guest vocals on Suburbia for them and I'd love to see you guys co-headline a tour together.

FYSofficial105 karma

They're great! we've known them forever! took them on tour and now they are way bigger than us. thats life.


xstevexd47 karma

I live in Worcester. You guys live in Worcester. Where do we go from here?

FYSofficial60 karma

lets hang!


Frajer47 karma

How did you pick which songs you were doing on Explains It All?

What inspired you guys to do that album?

FYSofficial56 karma

we had a list of like 80 songs and narrowed it down that way

Eluveitie40 karma

Does it really suck to be Four Year Strong right now?

FYSofficial80 karma

nope and it never has.


notgonebutclose37 karma

Hugge fan here!

1) What's your favorite cities to play in, outside of Massachusetts?

2) Are you and ADTR still not cool? I'd love to see both of you on tour in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

3) Who is your favorite band to be on tour with?

4) What does "a great show" mean to you guys now?

Thanks for the music, it's fucking awesome!

FYSofficial51 karma

1) I love playing Chicago, London, Toronto, San Diego, NYC, and a bunch of others 2) I have no problems with them at all 3) I love touring with tons of bands, but my favorite to watch every night was Bad Religion. Im having a great time with Story so far, ETID and Saves the Day 4)It means everyone leaves with a smile on their face and no voice left! - Dan

pugdogs1023 karma

What happened with them and ADTR?

FYSofficial64 karma

We did NOT write any song about a day to remember, someone made that up one day and now everyone thinks its the truth. the internet is a crazy place! just hung out with the guys in chicago the other day!


FYSofficial29 karma

We did NOT write any song about a day to remember, someone made that up one day and now everyone thinks its the truth. the internet is a crazy place! just hung out with the guys in chicago the other day!


broitone36 karma

You guys have been my favorite band for a few years now. Love the new EP and enjoy watching you guys grow as a band. How has Warped Tour helped your friendship with other bands and is there a chance of a tour with TSSF?

FYSofficial41 karma

Id love to tour with TSSF, we both have a bunch of stuff planned, but hopefully someday we can make something happen - Dan

mattwrobel35 karma

Big fan of you guys, I've been listening ever since high school. Love the new EP as well. Do you guys have any tips for growing a magnificent beard?

FYSofficial107 karma


No-bats32 karma

Hey guys. The acoustic bonus tracks on enemy of the world are amazing. Any plans on doing an acoustic album with a bunch of songs from each record?

FYSofficial47 karma

For sure! I love doing that shit! We will totally be doing more! - Dan

AndersonRagan25 karma

What's your weirdest encounter with a fan?

I met you guys in April and asked Dan to write "My Name Backwards (my band) sucks" on a piece of paper which I later laminated, so I wonder if I'm up there.

Edit: Here is said paper. Dan added penis good which I liked.

FYSofficial37 karma

A kid today told me he collects hair and stores it in his journal... thats a bit weird. - Dan

Betty_Whites_Muffin25 karma

When you listen to your old songs vs your new songs what do you think stands out most about how the bands overall sound has matured?

FYSofficial57 karma

our voices! puberty is a bitch! - Dan

Brannigansfist25 karma

After Warped tour, do you have plans for a headlining tour? Thanks guys.

FYSofficial52 karma

YUP! cant say exactly what yet though :/

CAMCLIFF23 karma

I have a question for Alan. Its a bit strange... A few years back my sister contacted your girlfriend and asked to send some FYS merch for me for christmas. Along with the merch she kindly sent there was a bag with her hair. Did she ever successfully get it to locks of love?

FYSofficial29 karma

hahaha. i think she still has it actually. that was a funny little mistake. sorry!


pugdogs1023 karma

Love you guys. Rise or Die is one of my favorite albums of all time. You and Set Your goals are two of my favorite bands and I know you used to tour a lot together, so do you guys think another US tour with them could come again any time soon? I'm aware they aren't currently playing but a guy can dream.

FYSofficial31 karma

I don't think they are doing anything anytime soon. I love those dudes very much. Id love to watch them play again. - Dan

Goofiestbee22 karma

Hey guys love the new EP & of course all of the old stuff as well :) I was wondering why you guys have never posted any Learn to play videos or books to learn how to play the parts. I love playing guitar and would love to be able to play your songs!!! Any plans for something like this in the future?! Thanks, Rock on! Chris, from Worcester Massachusetts

FYSofficial34 karma

we've never really discussed doing something like this, but it would be awesome! maybe we'll post a video on this tour?

Mad_Kosh19 karma

Who are your favorite label-mates?

New EP kicks major ass by the way. Can't stop listening to it!

FYSofficial40 karma



dsprizzle19 karma

How much money would someone have to offer to shave the beards?

FYSofficial42 karma

$20. it grows back.


demyst19 karma

Who is your favorite current pop-punk bank or artist?

Also wanted to give a big thanks! You guys were the start of my obsession with cover songs. I use to listen to Explains It All on repeat!

Love the new EP. Keep up the good work!

FYSofficial46 karma



FYSofficial11 karma


Thewalrus118 karma

Alan! First off thank you for doing this. I have 2 questions 1. How did you like the tour you guys did with rise against and bad religion? 2. What band have been your favorite to check out while on warped this year?

FYSofficial39 karma

the rise agains bad religion tour was one of my favorite tours we've ever done! everyone in both bands were so awesome and so good to us, and the shows were incredible! wish we could do it again! the best bands on warped this year are the story so far, ETID, saves the day, bayside, and bad rabbits!


spect0rjohn13 karma

What is your recording process like? I've been a fan for years and I've always been amazed with the production. Is there some sort of secret voodoo that Machine has going on?

FYSofficial19 karma

once all the songs are done, we start with drums, then bass, then guitars, then Alan and I sing our vocals, then we do harmonies for each other. Machine is just an awesome dude!

filletsheO11 karma

Do y'all still sell the Hawaiian shirts? Or did I miss my one and only chance to snag one? Yalls music is the shit on toast, keep up the good work gentlemen.

midnightbarber6 karma

I came here to ask this too! I seriously regret not buying one.

FYSofficial6 karma

we sold out of them on this tour! mabye we'll do it again someday but no plans right now! sorry!


DrummerDave101211 karma

What's in the box?

FYSofficial44 karma

yo momma

plaque_psoriasis10 karma

First of all I just wanted to say that I am really enjoying the new EP. My question: If you were stranded on a desert island for one year with all of the necessary equipment to survive and you could take 1 book, 1 album, and 1 movie, which would you choose?

FYSofficial35 karma

Book - Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton Movie - Jurassic Park directed by Stephen Spielberg Album - Jurassic Park soundtrack - John Williams - Dan

TacticalMoustache10 karma

I've seen you guys hanging out with The Story So Far recently around warped and on Instagram...You guys are also label buds...Would you guys tour with them? That would be siiiick.

FYSofficial43 karma

that would be so awesome. i'm sitting with will right now. we're sucking eachother.


colesun9 karma

  • Are you gonna repress Enemy Of The World anytime soon?
  • What brand/size sticks does Jake use?
  • What's your favorite kind of pizza?
  • Do you like Taco Bell?
  • What is the etched b-side on Go Down In History?
  • Is anyone in the band straight edge?

FYSofficial19 karma

  1. i don't know, the label that released it folded.
  2. Vater don't know the size.
  3. Blue Jeans on Park Ave in Worcester, MA
  4. No
  5. The GDIH logo
  6. Yes, Alan and I are edge

BlackMeOut9 karma

Hey guys! Been a fan for almost half a decade!

Do you feel that the lukewarm reception to In Some Way, Shape, or Form helped you grow as a band?

FYSofficial30 karma

we loved that record, and we learned a lot about ourselves as songwriters and as a band, so yes the reaction from the fans definitely helped us grow. if we didnt make ISWSOF we wouldnt have made Go Down In History and that is my favorite thing we've done to date. no regrets baby!


FYSofficial17 karma

Writing ISWSOF was a growing experience for our band.

geoloshit9 karma

do you guys still talk to Josh?

FYSofficial17 karma

sure do! see him all the time when we're home in worcester!


TwingTwang9 karma

How did you guys meet blink-182, and what's it like to be able to play them?

FYSofficial12 karma

We met mark when we were on his show on FUSE, playing with them was insane. Would love to do it again. - Dan

Smittzerland9 karma

Dan, Alan, and Joe: what have been your go-to gear as of late, in terms of live and on the new EP?

FYSofficial15 karma

this is alan! i've been using a soldano avenger, orange OR50, and a les paul custom. cant go wrong!

DANjustYEAH9 karma

My first experience crowd surfing was to Wasting Time while Dan was screaming the vocals at me. Just dropping by to say cheers for that!

Also, any plans for any more covers?

Explains it All was the bomb

FYSofficial26 karma

we loved making the cover record, but everyone hated it when we released it! maybe when we sell all of the leftover copies that no one bought we will make another!


suwagu8 karma

Favorite pizza?

FYSofficial17 karma

buffalo chicken hawaiian


gemmofthrones8 karma

What inspired you guys to become such beardy muscle machines? :)

FYSofficial29 karma

our dads


Dreamember7 karma

Saw you guys in Glasgow on the Kerrang tour and absolutely loved the show, I was just wondering what really happened which led to Josh leaving the band? Do you miss different the style that the synth brought to your music?

FYSofficial13 karma

Life happens man, some people come in and out of it. thats it. I love where our band is now. - Dan

Doritostx7 karma

DC or Marvel?

FYSofficial25 karma

Marvel 4 LYF!

EdgeManX7 karma

Hey guys,

What are your favorite theme parks?

FYSofficial61 karma

Disney World, are you fuckin stupid? - Dan

FYSofficial48 karma

CEDAR POINT! went there yesterday instead of going to the AP awards. it was awesome!


Best_Zyra_LAN7 karma

To be honest songs like "sparkle Motion" are among my favorites of yours. Why do you think you have moved towards more "hard core" or "high energy" songs and away from the beautiful ballads. Dont get me wrong, I love all the new stuff, but songs like "This Summer Session" and "sparkle Motion" always gave me a lot of feels. Love you guys, seen you 4 times in concert now. Keep it up!!!?

FYSofficial12 karma

those are some of our favorite songs too! and theres plenty more ballads that got written over the years that never got released. maybe one day we'll just release them all as a ballads record.


bornalion6 karma

Hey dudes! So, I just met you guy the other day in Chicago, I noticed an said something to Dan about your tour manager being the same as The Wonder Years. Is he manager for The Story So Far as well? AND do I smell a TSSF/FYS tour? I would be forever happy. Long live Hawaiian shirts, peace!

FYSofficial10 karma

he does not tour manage tssf, but we would love to do a tour with them! maybe someday!


Evaee6 karma

Any shows that went completely wrong?

FYSofficial7 karma

Hevy Fest!

jayob51156 karma

How big of an influence was Dan "The man" Sullivan on you guys? And would you say that Doherty Jazz Band is really where you guys really zoned in on your musical prowess?

FYSofficial7 karma

SULLY IS THE BEST PERSON EVER! my complete lack of trumpet playing skills are all thanks to that man!


aaronwahlmusic6 karma

Who is your favorite band to hangout with on Warped Tour? Also, Beatdown in the Key of Happy is my favorite song by you guys :)

FYSofficial10 karma

TSSF, STD, ETID just to name a few. -Dan

dermanbear6 karma

Hey guys! If you had to see a small local band cover one of your songs which song would you prefer it to be? (cough cough)

FYSofficial15 karma

tread lightly


mikeboucher216 karma

I love all your stuff guys. Do you plan on continuing FYS for while? Where do you see the future of the band?

FYSofficial18 karma

takin it to the moon baby!


Steele07026 karma

Any chance of you coming back to Australia?

FYSofficial8 karma

Someday!!! For Sure!

abraingaming5 karma

What was the main inspiration behind the new EP? Love the songs and keep kicking ass!

FYSofficial15 karma

life baby. life


CFIDDY5 karma

Favorite stops on the warped tour?

FYSofficial13 karma

Loved playing MA, also Toronto and Chicago!

hairybooger5 karma

Do you guys fold or crumple?

FYSofficial20 karma

Crumple, thats why i have a clean asshole. - Dan

FYSofficial18 karma



FYSofficial18 karma

Crumple. - Joe

DavidPM275 karma

When did/what made y'all realize that music was the future you each wanted to pursue?

FYSofficial8 karma

i've always known! any picture you see of me as a kid i'm holding a guitar or a microphone or something. i've been in bands since i was in the 4th grade. i wouldnt ever want to be doing anything else


Hitchmeister5 karma

Any plans to come to the UK soon?

FYSofficial11 karma

i hope so! UK is one of my favorite places in the world to play!


SeekingJasey5 karma

From all the bands/groups you covered on Explains It All, which would you like to have cover one of your songs? More specifically, which song would you want them to cover?

FYSofficial10 karma

smashing pumpkins should cover any of our songs. they would probably make it way better!


tmatthews905 karma

Hey fellas, what guitars did you use for the amazing tone on GDIH? What were your favorites? Dan, being a new father, and touring musician, any advice for those of us musicians who want both the family, and the tour life?

FYSofficial7 karma

We used a couple LES Paul Customs. Its very hard to be away from my family but they know that playing music is a big part of who i am, I'm just lucky enough to have a family that understands that. - Dan

Spencer11992345 karma

What is personally your favorite album you guys have made?

FYSofficial14 karma

go down in history. hands down.


Nathantwo514 karma

Hey guys, love the new EP! Are you advocates for music education? How has music education affected you as musicians?

FYSofficial11 karma

thanks! i definitely think music education is important! if i didnt take music classes in highschool i dont know where i'd be.

Bowlermicah4 karma

Was it a conscious decision to be more riff heavy on this EP? Can we expect that more in the future?

Please say yes.

FYSofficial33 karma

we will from this day on be the riffiest we've ever been. mark my words


bobfrumacct4 karma

How did Dan and Alan lose so much weight?

FYSofficial30 karma

we havent! you must be mistaken. i'm fatter and more unhappy that i've ever been in my life.


jsimmons1534 karma

What do you miss most about playing in smaller venues like Forward Hall in Erie, Pa. rather than bigger venues?

FYSofficial16 karma

we still play small venues all the time! hope to do it a lot more in the near future. we like when things get rowdy.


ImAnEagle3 karma

What bands would you say are your best friends, from the years of touring?

FYSofficial8 karma

too many to name! we've been very lucky to have made so many amazing friends over the years!


geoloshit3 karma

Are you actually going to be releasing eps from now on but like 2 a year or something?

FYSofficial10 karma

we've thought about it. we're just going with the flow. whatever we feel like doing we're gonna do. who knows whats next!


NyanCalander3 karma

I was just wondering what your favourite song is to play live?

FYSofficial19 karma

right now its probably find my way back. or the new track go down in history. fun to play on guitar, fun to sing, and the crowd seems to enjoy them as well!



What is your favorite Cheech and Chong movie?

FYSofficial26 karma

The one with the weed

Skuby_Duby_Du2 karma

I'm not the first person to think of calling you guys "Four Beards Strong", am I?

FYSofficial3 karma


victoriarose6291 karma

are you guys going to be selling copies of Go Down In History at the FYS tent for the rest of warped?

FYSofficial5 karma

hell yeah we are!