Exclusive: Four Year Strong Debut “Just Drive”
As previously reported, Four Year Strong are releasing their new album, In Some Way, Shape, or Form. (Decaydance/Motown), on November 8. But you can hear the new song “Just Drive” for the first time right here. Vocalist-guitarist Dan O’Connor fills us in on the song below. Let us know what you think of the track in the comments.
REVOLVER What’s this song about?
DAN O’CONNOR “Just Drive” is about being on the brink of disaster, and just saying “fuck it” and living your life like there’s no tomorrow. We’ve all been in situations where it feels like everything is collapsing around you, and this song is about knowingly not giving a shit and realizing you’re in control of your own life.
Which part of it did you come up with first?
The chorus was the first part written, more specifically the melody and chord structure. I came up with it in bed after waking up in the morning. The lyrics came later that day. Lyrically the inspiration came from times in life when everything feels like it’s spiraling out of control, but then I realize no matter what happens as long as I live life without dwelling on anything, or hold myself back, then I’ll have no regrets. I wrote the song with the visual of the world ending and getting in a car and driving to out run it, never looking back and still remembering to have fun even though the demise of the planet it right behind you. I thought it was a fun way to get my point across.
Was this an easy song to record?
Recording this song wasn’t easier or harder than any other song. It came with its own issues, just like every other song. But was a ton of fun to do. It’s one of the first mid-tempo songs we’ve written and it’s always a fun challenge to change up the way you write. We wanted to make sure that every song on this record had a new element for our band, we really wanted to challenge ourselves and our fans.
What sort of feedback have you gotten on this song so far?
Everyone we’ve played this song for seems to really enjoy it. I hope everyone likes listening to the song and much as we enjoyed writing and recording it. We recently filmed a video for it too and can’t wait for everyone to see it!