Deluxe Edition vinyl LP pressing. Four Year Strong aka vocalist/guitarists Dan O'Connor and Alan Day, bassist Joe Weiss and drummer Jake Massucco, began conceptualizing the ideas for Brain Pain two years ago. For the past year-and-a-half they focused on bringing those thoughts to fruition. "We didn't want to set a strict deadline for this album because we wanted to be sure we took the time to write the best songs possible. In the past our writing and recording was so dependent on getting something out in time to go on tour; this time we really had the opportunity to take our time and work through these ideas," explains Day. In order to capture that sound the group enlisted producer Will Putney, who was an engineer on 2010's Enemy Of The World and already had a relationship with the band. "We were really emotionally invested in this music so we wanted to go with someone who we knew would care about it as much as we did and Will was that guy," Day adds. Vocally Brain Pain sees the band being more direct and carrying over cohesive themes in a way they haven't done in the past, making for a more complete narrative. "I think that from a lyrical perspective this is the most thought we've ever put into a record," Dan O' Connor explains - and it shows.