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“You’ve stage dove to this one…now REALLY listen “
When Campbell’s mouth opens, yours almost always shuts.
“No Closer To Heaven” is an album that will transcend The Wonder Years’ career and be an album that truly defines them, this album will be the one that separated them from their prior work.
I Don’t Like Who I Was Then – The Wonder Years – I’ve had problems with all three new songs but for some reason I’d had the volume kinda low and if you blast it, there is a moment of revelation when it becomes a great anthem of mesed up emotional smash grab – A-
This is one of the more interesting weeks of music, Iron Maiden, Public Image Ltd, Travi$ Scott, should all have something of value coming down. A little further in, Against Me! live album has sounded great so far, but it seems to me to be a toss up between happy punks Fidlar and voice of a generation punks The Wonder years. I am going with the Katter despite not being crazy about any of the songs I’ve heard because… well, because they’re the voice of a generation.
“Cardinals” is an important song for the band to release as a lead single as it holds a familiar theme all while introducing this new sound they’re trying out. If the rest of “No Closer To Heaven” follows suit with “Cardinals” I feel as though this could quite possibly be The Wonder Years best effort out of any and become what will be their Opus.
A band like The Wonder Years puts so much passion into their music that they should be that band, they refuse to give up, and make it known through their music, and when a band is that hard working, they should be playing huge arenas and touring the world
Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties is his latest endeavor, a character study and a way for Dan Campbell to get into a new headspace and write. It’s an artistic adventure that he’s on, and we’re all really proud.
The Wonder Years – Best Buy Theater – April 17th, 2014 – The sound of Young America trying to make sense of a world of diminished expectations and social desperation, sung by 20 somethings just a little bit wiser than their teenage fans.
It is all very well for the Yanks to reel off 5 wins in row but whither the Knicks? No playoffs and check this out, owned by a Russian and in their second year have made the playoffs. Enough already Dolan, give the Knicks to J Lo along with the Fuse. She can’t do any worse.
This matters because it goes to the heart of this young, working class, personal well past solipsism rock band. Campbell’s poetics are works of imagery not metaphor. His words are so very very subjective and they are real acts of dramatic license
Anyone singing along around me was on the verge of tears, and rightfully so. This band was making us feel something, and regardless of anything outside of the venue, we were all feeling it together.
The Panic Is On – Fats Waller – Zach’s best moment in “Bullets Over Broadway” is his completely revamped version of this masterpiece which takes a Great Depression metaphor and smarts it up the way only Waller ever has – A
The Wonder Years are true representatives of a certain strata of their generation. They for them and to them. But they sound like emo and they have the same problem with melodies that inflicts all “emo” bands with the exception of My Chemical Romance. They are playing Best Buy on Thursday and if you wanna catch up with the Greatest Generation, that is the place to be.
This, along with the (sold out) Wonder Years are the two big shows, the coming out pary for the bands who have been bubbling under the radar (except here, where Mary has written about them constantly) throughout the 2010s and are not awaiting their turn.
They’ve been really busy with their headlining tour, but it’s nice to see that they’re still keeping up the pace with their music video releases, and this one was by no means lacking any of the attention to detail the other videos have involved.
“Devil In My Bloodstream” was the part of the set that I didn’t care about crying anymore. I lost it. The song is so honest and emotional, talking about depression and what it does and how it affects people- even though it was an acoustic show, there was still yelling of the lyrics and no one held back
Harvest Moon – Neil Young – An answer song to not “Harvest” but “Heart Of Gold” where the heart is found and has been lived with for many a long year – A-
The Rainbow – The Apples In Stereo – I saw em open for Television years ago and I might add they were awesome. This Beatley (check out the band name) remains a real pleasure. Gives power pop a good name – A
Don’t judge a band by its chorus, the seven minute “I Just Want to Want To Sell Out My Funeral” has the band ascending to a huge tempo shift and descending again over and over while they contemplate the residue from the inside out
“This album is reminiscent of their first, and that’s a great thing. They were losing momentum with Ryan Ross and Jon Walker in the band, and by them splitting, it allowed P!ATD to grow into a superband that’s gonna continue releasing fantastic music and making teen girls melt.”
“The Greatest Generation World Tour is going to be one of the most memorable tours of 2014 simply because it’s basically my dream tour. When I was littler, I imagined Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, and My Chemical Romance touring together- impossible, right? This is pretty much the equivalent. “
“Their whole “half pop punk half anxiety” shtick is not only lighthearted but also a message that Soupy puts out through his heartfelt lyrics that he, too, struggles and isn’t afraid to admit it and ask for help, but also acknowledge his own faults.”