The Wonder Years
Fireworks, Citizen, Real Friends, Modern Baseball
Fri, April 11, 2014
Doors: 6:00 PM / Show: 6:30 PM
$16 ADV / $19 DOS
THE WONDER YEARS
The Wonder Years are a 6 piece pop punk/rock band from Philadelphia, PA. Their new album "The Greatest Generation" debuted at #20 on the Top 200 Billboard Charts in May of 2013. The band is currently performing on the Main Stage this whole summer on the Vans Warped Tour.
Playing shows in basements, backyards and VFW halls the country over in its early years, the band had a DIY mentality long before it broke through to a larger audience. “The idea was that, for a long time, no one wanted to work with The Wonder Years so we said fuck it, we’ll do it ourselves,” Campbell says. “The idea was that we didn’t need anyone else. We weren’t looking for charity. We were just going to cowboy up and fucking do it.”
Vocalist Dan Campbell, guitarists Matt Brasch and Casey Cavaliere, keyboardist/guitarist Nick Steinborn, bassist Joshua Martin and drummer Michael Kennedy have known what it’s like to play to 10 kids in Salt Lake City…but their mindset hasn’t changed, even when playing to 1,000 kids in Boston. This mentality and determination has resulted in The Wonder Years never taking a day off, always going the extra mile to interact with fans, playing emotionally draining live shows, and, most of all, leaving a legacy in their recorded music. The group is still “involved in every aspect of the band,” according to Campbell, so everything that comes out is as good as it can be.
The Wonder Years graced the cover of Alternative Press, played an entire summer on the Vans Warped Tour, and opened for New Found Glory on the Pop Punk’s Not Dead Tour to close out 2011. They opened 2012 in a huge way, with the Glamour Kills Tour, which Campbell called the band’s “first big-boy headliner.” Leading Polar Bear Club, Transit, The Story So Far, A Loss for Words and Into It. Over It. across the country for six weeks of sold-out shows proved that The Wonder Years are still growing, still making new friends, and still breaking new boundaries.
The band’s current success can largely be traced to the release of their 3rd full length record Suburbia. The album explores the concept of feeling displaced from your home among other concepts, providing a wealth of relatable lyricism for fans to delve into. “There’s an understanding, at least in my high school English class, that the best authors write about what they know,” Martin says. “We just write about what we know and what we feel because it makes the most sense to us. We just strive to write music and lyrics with substance.”
The Wonder Years have become notable in the best way imaginable – by being themselves. By wearing their collective heart on their proverbial sleeve. And by taking every chance they get to win.
- Friday, April 11, 2014 6:30 PM