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by The Four Chords

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The fourth album in less than a year and a half, this one is a bit more produced and polished than it's predecessor, Rock n' Roll Salvation. The aim was to have tempos that are still really aggressive and fast, but have a few more layers to its arsenal. This one is more mid 80's Minneapolis influenced, as Husker Du, The Replacements and Soul Asylum have always been some of my favorite bands, with their loud and fast, but melodic songs.

This album has the longest running length of one of my albums at 43 minutes, and that was because there's some tasteful diversions further into the record. I also wrote pre-choruses for most of the songs, as a way to sort of have a chorus compete for the biggest hook, and as a result, I think that the songs always have an ascending quality to them and another gear, so to speak.

--Royce Williams

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released April 17, 2017

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The Four Chords

Inspired by the history of pop/ rock/ powerpop, The Four Chords have a keen pop sense and combine multi-part vocal harmonies with a large dose of over the top rock n' roll--power chords, big guitar solos and guilty pleasure arena rock. Influences include The Who, Cheap Trick, Beatles, Big Star, Dwight Twilley, Replacements, Tom Petty, Manic Street Preachers, Ramones, Redd Kross and many others. ... more

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Track Name: Same Old Rock n Roll
it's the same old rock n roll
it's the same old rock n roll

somehow, loud and fast music went out of vogue
and there's times when I feel that I'm bein' rogue

and it's fun though we all know we ain't reinventing the wheel
we like it so much that we're just telling you how we feel

it's the same old rock n roll
it's the same old rock n roll
it's the same old rock n roll
it's the same old rock n roll

some have said "this is dead" and that it won't last
but we're here in this year like time has never passed

and it's fun though we all know we ain't reinventing the wheel
we like it so much that we're just telling you how we feel

it's the same old rock n roll
it's the same old rock n roll
it's the same old rock n roll
it's the same old rock n roll
it's the same old rock n roll
it's the same old rock n roll
it's the same old rock n roll
it's the same old rock n roll
Track Name: All In
ain't into idle chatter and all that stuff
but I'll be there when it gets tough
ain't much for pointless banter and standin' around
but you better bet I'll hold my ground

no time to waste, full throttle ahead
if I stopped now, I'd just drop dead
there has to be something at stake
something involved to make or break

I'm all in, I'm all in
I'm all in, I'm all in, whoa whoa
I'm all in, I'm all in
I'm all in, I'm all in, yeah yeah

don't wanna think about no fancy attire
when things get down to the wire
don't wanna think about no shortcut to run
when there's work that's to be done

no time to waste, full throttle ahead
if I stopped now, I'd just drop dead
there has to be something at stake
something involved to make or break

I'm all in, I'm all in
I'm all in, I'm all in, whoa whoa
I'm all in, I'm all in
I'm all in, I'm all in, yeah yeah

solo

I'm all in, I'm all in
I'm all in, I'm all in, whoa whoa
I'm all in, I'm all in
I'm all in, I'm all in, yeah yeah
Track Name: Something Good Is Gonna Happen
Something Good Is Gonna Happen

this world is a complicated place, we know through and through
I take it all day by day, it's the best that I can do
straightforward instances, and things we just don't know
while working hard to have something on the go

something's coming around by chance
I can feel it in the air
premonitions by circumstance

something good is gonna happen
something good is gonna happen

I try to stay positive in my view and company
momentum follows those that abide by what they want to see
strike gold on a longshot bet, well it happens now and then
you find yourself on a winning streak, you're on a roll again

something's coming around by chance
I can feel it in the air
premonitions by circumstance

something good is gonna happen
something good is gonna happen
something good is gonna happen
something good is gonna happen

solo

something good is gonna happen
something good is gonna happen
something good is gonna happen
something good is gonna happen
Track Name: A Simple Guy
I was raised in a modest way
eat Ramen noodles to this day
working class, alright, that I'd say
I'll take the couch or the floor
it doesn't matter anymore
I'm fine with a drink, if you pour

I'm a low maintenance sorta gent
I'm easy to please, but I ain't low rent
well you know I at least give it a try
as it stands, I'm a simple guy

I don't wear the latest things
or need what the future brings
all I need to bend is a guitar string
maybe I'm just out of touch
but I don't need to have that much
nothin' that high tech or such and such

I'm a low maintenance sorta gent
I'm easy to please, but I ain't low rent
well you know I at least give it a try
as it stands, I'm a simple guy

wasn't born with the golden spoon
no ivory tower goin' to the moon
just in case you wonder
just in case you wonder
don't have pretense which I ain't
no facade that I have to paint
just in case you wonder
just in case you wonder

solo

I'm a low maintenance sorta gent
I'm easy to please, but I ain't low rent
well you know I at least give it a try
as it stands, I'm a simple guy
I'm a low maintenance sorta gent
I'm easy to please, but I ain't low rent
well you know I at least give it a try
as it stands, I'm a simple guy
Track Name: Nothing Left To Say
I know it's what you do
these things that you put me through
maybe I should walk away
'cause I've got nothing left to say

it should be easy
now I'm not so sure
spending time in the waiting line as we were

I know it's what you do
these things that you put me through
maybe I should walk away
when I've got nothing left to say

it should be easy
now I'm not so sure
spending time in the waiting line as we were

solo

I know it's what you do
these things that you put me through
maybe I should walk away
since I've got nothing left to say

it should be easy
now I'm not so sure
spending time in the waiting line as we were
spending time in the waiting line as we were

I know it's what you do
these things that you put me through
maybe I should walk away
'cause I've got nothing left to say
I know it's what you do
these things that you put me through
maybe I should walk away
'cause I've got nothing left to say
Track Name: Victory
we're beaten and we're bruised, yet we still keep on going
it's a long way to travel
the long road ahead and adrenaline's flowing
I guess we'll hit the gravel

victory
victory
victory is ours for the taking right now
until the end, there will be

another day of preparation
another mile yet to go
the thrill of the fight and an overnight sensation
we hope the effort shows

victory
victory
victory is ours for the taking right now
until the end, there will be
victory is ours for the taking right now
until the end, there will be

we don't play dirty, but we don't play the book
we're in it for the long haul
all the long nights and the sweat that it took
on the edge of a close call

solo

victory
victory
victory is ours for the taking right now (right now)
until the end, there will be
victory
victory
victory is ours for the taking right now (right now)
until the end, there will be
victory is ours for the taking right now (right now)
until the end, there will be
victory
Track Name: On The Beach
it's the middle of the summer time, and I'm here stuck inside
with something else to do as I have some time to bide
gotta get out and get some air or I'll go completely mad
stretch my legs, relax my brain with the best time I ever had

can't wait for three days, it's too long
we'll pack our bags and then be gone, gone

we're gonna spend some time on the beach
we're gonna relax so fine on the beach

it's the middle of the summer time, and I'm here stuck inside
with something else to do as I have some time to bide
gotta get out and get some air or I'll go completely mad
stretch my legs, relax my brain with the best time I ever had

can't wait for three days, it's too long
we'll pack our bags and then be gone, gone

we're gonna spend some time on the beach
we're gonna relax so fine on the beach
we're gonna lose our minds on the beach
we're gonna sure unwind on the beach
we're gonna spend some time on the beach
we're gonna relax so fine on the beach
we're gonna lose our minds on the beach
we're gonna sure unwind on the beach
Track Name: Never Wanna Grow Up
when I was young, I made myself a deal
to never give up what I liked
age set in and I didn't know how to feel
'til I looked back on when I was psyched

never wanna grow up, 'cause it ain't my style
not at all, not at all
never wanna grow up, 'cause it ain't my style
not at all, not at all

we've seen the script play out one by one
you go to bed early and behave
you start doling out mints for fun
then it's a slow march into the grave

never wanna grow up, 'cause it ain't my style
not at all, not at all
never wanna grow up, 'cause it ain't my style
not at all, not at all

solo

I'm far from one to extol the virtues
but I can see your ball and chain
age is just a number and you're free to choose
but I won't share in your pain

never wanna grow up, 'cause it ain't my style
not at all, not at all
never wanna grow up, 'cause it ain't my style
not at all, not at all
never wanna grow up, 'cause it ain't my style
not at all, not at all
never wanna grow up, 'cause it ain't my style
not at all, not at all
Track Name: Less Is More
you can spend your whole life tryin' to find that long lost chord
but you've got everything you need right here
you can figure out all the notes and scales, but you'd get bored
in time, you'd find it'd be quite clear

rock n rollin'
ain't just putting on a show
keep it simple
and go with what you know

you can spend your whole life tryin' to hit that perfect note
but you've got everything you need right here
you can try to be the world's most literary poet
in time, you'd find it'd be quite clear

rock n rollin'
ain't just putting on a show
keep it simple
and go with what you know
rock n rollin'
ain't just putting on a show
keep it simple
and go with what you know

solo

rock n rollin'
ain't just putting on a show
keep it simple
and go with what you know
rock n rollin'
ain't just putting on a show
keep it simple
and go with what you know
Track Name: Everyone's Invited
everyone's invited, so come on, come on,
no one here gets spited, so join in along

so many reasons, so many rules
so many guidelines written by fools
what you can or can't really play
all these limits, all these divides
all this nonsense you have to abide
it didn't ever use to be that way

it's all just rock n roll tonight
sing along, rock out and do it right
no secret decoder ring or hidden signs
no reason to read between the lines

everyone's invited, so come on, come on,
no one here gets spited, so join in along
everyone's excited to play the songs
everyone's invited, so come on, come on

punks versus hippies, who they're among
indie rockers speaking in tongues
pride themselves in some special club
secret handshakes, social cliques
they've got a new flavour this week
someone's gonna get a big snub

it's all just rock n roll tonight
sing along, rock out and do it right
no secret decoder ring or hidden signs
no reason to read between the lines

everyone's invited, so come on, come on,
no one here gets spited, so join in along
everyone's excited to play the songs
everyone's invited, so come on, come on
everyone's invited, so come on, come on,
no one here gets spited, so join in along
everyone's excited to play the songs
everyone's invited, so come on, come on
Track Name: FM Radio
there's something exciting finding it on the dial
waiting for the DJ to tell you who it was
sometimes it took quite a little while
through all the static and transmission fuzz

what will they play next? what it is I don't know
guess I'm gonna have to listen to next week's show

that was then, this is now
the song remains the same, somehow
tuning in on the FM radio

I still remember getting a tape on out
just in case my favorite song might hopefully play
I'd turn it up, 'cause that's what it's all about
I've never forgot it even up to this day

what will they play next? what it is I don't know
guess I'm gonna have to listen to next week's show

that was then, this is now
the song remains the same, somehow
tuning in on the FM radio
that was then, this is now
the song remains the same, somehow
tuning in on the FM radio

I miss those times and never will forget
how it made me feel and how I was set

that was then, this is now
the song remains the same, somehow
tuning in on the FM radio
that was then, this is now
the song remains the same, somehow
tuning in on the FM radio
that was then, this is now
the song remains the same, somehow
tuning in on the FM radio
that was then, this is now
the song remains the same, somehow
tuning in on the FM radio
Track Name: Communication
I wanna know what the others know
so I don't get it wrong
we're on the wavelength, decidedly so
yeah, the case is strong

we're not on the same page, now
but I wish we were
the things you fail to say, somehow
lost and obscured

communication
communication
communication

there's times I feel like language is just
an impossible task
the slang and validation left in the dust
questions that you ask

we're not on the same page, now
but I wish we were
the things you fail to say, somehow
lost and obscured

communication
communication
communication

solo

the dues and social cues unspoke
a foreign concept, that
goes up in flames but not up in smoke
another faceless stat

we're not on the same page, now
but I wish we were
the things you fail to say, somehow
lost and obscured

communication
communication
communication