4th ‘N Goal … just a couple of dudes two-stepping their way into success, doing what many others in the music industry scratch their heads at. It’s a good kind of head scratch that means: “where the hell did they come from? and how do they sound so good?” Doesn’t sound like too much of a biggie, right? Wrong. Thanks to their most recent album, Turn On The Light, the easycore/pop/punk band 4th ‘N Goal, originally out of Milan, Italy, have garnered A LOT of attention since the album’s release.
Let’s get right to the core of Turn On The Light. Pop/punk is all about mood. 4th ‘N Goal take it a few steps further by throwing out the mediocre pop/punk music that makes you reminisce about your middle school sweetheart and, instead, invoke a lightheartedness, smile-inducing parade of good vibes — or something like that — but with song titles like “Out of Tortillas,” and “Ken Burns,” I can’t help but get into that kind of mood.
Beyond setting a mood, 4th ‘N Goal stand out with a unique sound and melodic philosophy; they have this niche for switching it up mid-song, dropping us into a bridge of attention-grabbing riffs that snap us out of our 4th ‘N Goal daze. The song “Melancholy” is a perfect example of what I’m blubbering on about. Also noteworthy is the manner in which they utilize their unique sound within this genre, breathing new life into Bring Me the Horizon’s “Drown.” This cover is solid proof 4th ‘N Goal know they got it goin’ on. They showcase their self-aware talent with a hey-look-what-I-can-do attitude, creating one of the best covers I’ve heard in some time.
Turn On The Light is quite the gem for the pop/punk/easycore/cheesycore genre. Like basmati rice, it’ll get better and more expensive the longer it ages, so get it fast! Alright, enough word porn from me for today. Expect to see 4th ‘N Goal on tour, alongside ROAM and Trashboat, for this year’s Backbone European Tour. I gotta’ admit, these guys look like they’ll be a blast onstage. Go see ‘em, support the movement, and if you don’t agree with me, that they’re killing it at their concerts, I’ll refund you the entry fee myself (though it’s a free entry show.)