Sarah Mastroni – News Editor –
New Haven based pop/punk band, Fourth and Goal has their eyes set on a national tour after their first EP release, but first they are heading to the Student Center Ballroom to rock for a cause.
After the need for a musical change, five sports fanatics (and musicians) bonded over the issue on a football-geared Sunday. Business was discussed lightheartedly but with an objective for success, and voila, a new band had become official.
“Fourth and Goal was formed when members from a few different local pop/punk bands came together looking to take their love of music to the next level,” said Boomer Murzyn, the band’s guitarist and vocalist. “… A more serious and committed level that they were unable to find in previous bands.”
And so Fourth and Goal was created with Murzyn on guitar and vocals, Ryan “Red” Cunningham on lead vocals, Pat Deleva on drums, Ronny Kuhl on bass, and Mike Hoer on guitar.
The band’s music is catchy and upbeat, and brings an authentic feel to the listener that appreciates a kickass rock tune. Crediting musical influences like pop/punk heavy-hitters New Found Glory, Fourth and Goal has shared the stage with musical acts like City Lights, The Tired and True, Major League, Grover Dill and Storm the Bay.
“Our goal this upcoming year is to make it out west and hopefully get noticed by a decent label,” Murzyn said. “We’ve yet to travel cross-country, so a U.S. tour is definitely in store.”
The band’s first EP, “Take Notes,” was released on iTunes at the end of July and is produced by Tom Flynn and mixed by Steven Haigler and Mike Watts of Vudu Studios in Long Island; these top music names have worked with Brand New, the Pixies, Chumbawamba and the Bloodhound Gang.
“Our feedback has been wonderful and it’s not just from family and friends, but from people all over,” Murzyn said. “Three of the six songs have actually gotten airtime on Radio 104.1 [Connecticut alternative rock station], and some college stations, too, which is really awesome for us.”
Before Fourth and Goal sets out to rock shows across the coast, the band is setting up at the Student Center Ballroom to draw awareness to a cause that hits home.
On Oct. 25 at 7 p.m., Delta Phi Epsilon is throwing a benefit concert in the name of Cystic Fibrosis, an event Fourth and Goal took part in last year.
“Myself and many people in the Milford area lost a friend to the disease back in 2007 at the age of 19, so it hits home a little bit,” Murzyn said. “Anything we do to help benefit finding a cure for the disease is something we are definitely interested in being a part of.”
Learn more about Fourth and Goal by visiting Facebook.com/FourthandGoal or Follow them on Twitter @FourthandGoal.