Four Year Bender
Four Year Bender’s brand of California Country Fried Rock ’n’ Roll was a mainstay on the Bay Area scene for well over a decade. Their debut album, Lucky, garnered critical acclaim as well as national airplay, but it was the live shows that made them legends. Led by songwriter Ryan Smith, the Bender expertly walked the line between earnest, quality song-craft, and raucous rock ’n’ roll debauchery. There was a little bit of something for everyone at a Four Year Bender show, and it was excellent. After an extended and drama-filled hiatus, the original band has jumped back into the studio and recorded a new full-length album entitled Gettin’ Gone, slated for release in the Spring of 2019. This eagerly awaited follow-up revisits Four Year Bender’s specialty for catchy, melodic tunes about the beautiful weirdness that’s modern life.