If you were as big a fan of Staind and 3 Doors Down in the late 90s as I was (and hey, I’m not afraid to admit it, I was a fan of Staind and 3 Doors Down in the late 90s!) you’ll find plenty to enjoy about Four Nights Gone’s new single “Crash and Burn.”
The song has touches of modern alterna-rock production, courtesy of producer Ethan Bill (My Arcadia, Stateside) but what really makes the song pop from a hook perspective is how it seems to be existing on both a current and nostalgic plane. “I walk in a shadowed land of who I was,” Damian LaRocco sings, before hitting the chorus: “I won’t fade away!” Everything about the song would have been a smash hit if it’d been released in 1998, but there’s nothing here which sounds out of place in 2011 either.
All of which should bode well for the band as the Staten Island rockers market the song and work on an EP due out early in 2012. For those of you who don’t believe in the term “guilty pleasure,” choosing rather to enjoy music for what it is, Four Nights Gone has arrived with a worthy debut single. It’ll be interesting to follow them as they release that EP, to see what original musical voice develops along the way.
Judge for yourself below. If you enjoy the single, the band is giving it away as a free download via Bandcamp: