Four Year Strong weave infectious melodies into heavy breakdowns in this feel-good guitar playthrough

For almost two decades, Four Year Strong have been unleashing their proprietary blend of pop punk-infused hard rock to adoring fans across the world, meshing melodic riffs with headbang-inducing breakdowns.

Following the February release of their latest studio album Brain Pain, half of the Massachusetts four piece have recorded an in-studio guitar playthrough of the record's third track, Crazy Pills.

In true Four Year Strong style, guitarists Dan O'Connor and Alan Day rip through the three-and-a-half-minute track - wielding a Fender Tele and Strat respectively - trading octave-split riffs and chorus-bolstering powerchords, climaxing in a brutal breakdown.

"Crazy Pills has some of my favorite riffs on the record," says O'Connor. "While recording the song, we used a blend of Friedman, Badcat, Soldano and Bogner Amps. Most of those amps were paired with some mixed of fuzz/distortion pedals from Abominable, Maxon, and Walrus Audio.

"Some of the main pedals we relied on were the Gamechanger Audio Plasma Pedal, which gave the guitars a lot of that harsh break-up, as well as the Walrus Audio Julia and Strymon BigSky for a lot of the wet effects.

"The guitars used in the original studio recording are a Fender Jazzmaster American Vintage with Seymour Duncan Antiquities, Fender Fat Strat with Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates, Fender Blacktop Tele with Seymour Duncan JB, a Reverend Bob Balch Sig with signature Railhammers, and a Balaguer Espada."

Brain Pain is available now via Pure Noise Records.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.