This past Saturday, Oct. 4, the band Four Year Strong performed in the Mabel Brown room of Keene State College’s student center. The concert was free for students and was presented by the Student Activities Council [SAC]. According to SAC’s Vice President, KSC senior Sean Ballard, approximately 350 students attended the event. The event was originally scheduled to take place on the student center lawn but was relocated inside due to inclement weather, according to SAC’s President, Ryan Mahan. The free Four Year Strong event was a deviation from SAC’s concert schedule in past years. “Sean and I are both seniors here and since we’ve been here we’ve never seen more than just kind of a fall concert and a spring concert,” Mahan said. When asked about the choice of band, Ballard said, “It was a different genre that people were kind of pushing for in recent surveys that we’ve had over the past couple of years.”
The opening band for Four Year Strong was Eyes for Others, a self-described “post hardcore” style band compiled of KSC students Anthony Kilcoyne, Devon Larrabee, Dimitrios Kapoukranidis, Mark McCarthy and Patrick Homer. The band members met while attending KSC and have been together for approximately two years. Last fall, Eyes for Others received second place in KSC’s Battle of the Bands, according to singer of Eyes for Others and KSC Junior Dimitrios Kapoukranidis. Kapoukranidis said Eyes for Others has “played shows all the way up north [and] down to New Jersey.” Eyes for Others covered the song “Ocean Avenue” by Yellowcard, which according to Kapoukranidis, seemed to be a big crowd pleaser. Eyes for Others’ drummer, Devon Larrabee, stuck around to watch Four Year Strong perform after his band’s set. “They were absolutely one of the tightest bands I’ve ever seen live. They were just amazing,” Larrabee said. According to Ballard, Four Year Strong was a great band to work with and Eyes For Others were very grateful for the opportunity to open for the band. Ballard stated, “Overall we were very pleased with the outcome.”
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