-Interview- Four Score Hero (1/9/16)

South Dakota's Four Score Hero talk about their brush with tornadoes, their "Prologue" album and much more.


From: Spearfish, SD
Sounds like: Pop/Punk-Post Hardcore

1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Four Score Hero” and is there any meaning behind it?

We all started young, playing instruments in our school bands and singing in the choirs. We started Four Score Hero in High School and developed our sound through learning covers from various artists and writing original music early on in our basements. Our inspiration originally came from pop-punk bands, then we gradually began to incorporate post-hardcore aspects as time went on. We thought of the name "Four Score Hero" through spit-balling ideas as a band. The name put into plain English means "80 Year Hero" which intrigued us as it reflected our goals as musicians.

2. What do you want listeners to take away from your "Prologue" album?

As "Prologue." is a product of our desire to freely express ourselves, we would like listeners to be encouraged to express themselves while listening to the album. There isn't any one thing we'd like fans to take from "Prologue." because any one person could take away a million different things from it. Mainly, we'd like "Prolouge." to be a documentation of the beginnings of Four Score Hero.

3. What can people expect from your live show?

When we play live people can expect; Sudden breakdowns, driving guitars and an all around show that is delivered with energy and comedic value. (We think we're funny).

4. What's your favorite track to play live?

"Cigarettes And Top Ramen". It has such a powerful meaning behind it and it always seems to get the crowd up and moving.

5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

A Day To Remember, Dance Gavin Dance and Green Day.

6. Any crazy show stories?

We played a show at Romans in Rapid City, SD. In the middle of one of our songs an extremely drunk woman came up to the stage and knocked over all our microphones. Ryder had to get on his knees to sing the rest of the song. At a later show she actually came up to us and said that she was sorry.
We played a show over at the Rec Center in Hot Springs, SD. It was very late and we were on our way back home, a severe weather alert had been issued and a tornado watch was in effect. About 25 miles out of Hot Springs the storm got extremely bad, it was down pouring rain and the lightning was incredible. We were all extremely focused on the lightning when we noticed that every time it flashed we could see 3 tornadoes about 10 miles ahead. Terrified, we all started freaking out and didn't have any idea what to do, we were about to turn back when the tornadoes disappeared and the storm settled down.

7. What’s your take on the current state of pop/punk and post hardcore?

We would love to see more raw/real instruments in the Pop-Punk scene. Anymore it seems to be getting lighter and losing most of its driving guitars and meaning. As for the Post-Hardcore scene, it is making a rise in the world of music and we couldn't be happier. We're starting to hear it on the radio and other mainstream ways of getting your music.

8. What’s the current music scene like there in South Dakota both locally and state wide?

The music scene in SD is pretty awful, there is a lack of venues and an extreme lack of intrest in coming to live shows. People seem to want background music, not loud guitars and mosh pits.

9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

The internet has taken illegal music downloading to an extreme and its completely out of our control. Sadly, it's something that we as an industry are going to have to learn to work with.

10. What’s next for Four Score Hero?

At the moment we are working on a tour for 2016. We are also planning on releasing a cover in the upcoming months.

11. Any shoutouts?

Tony Pannone, he produced our entire album and was extremely helpful in getting shows.
Fall River Rising, they are a band based out of Hot Springs, SD. They have gotten us countless shows with them and Tony is actually their drummer.
Mitchell Egemo, He is our photographer. He does amazing work and is extremely talented.
Lastly but certainly the most important shoutout goes to our fans. With out our fans we wouldn't be doing what we love.