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The Wonder Years

About The Wonder Years

The Wonder Years is a sextet native to Lansdale, PA, a northwestern suburb of Philadelphia. Considered one of the leading bands of the pop-punk scene, they have been trailblazing innovators for the genre.

They are noted for their atypically literary lyrics, with frontman Dan “Soupy” Campbell actively writing about mental illness, loss and politics rather than the usual pop-punk staples of breakups or teenage frustration.
Guitarists Casey Cavaliere, Matt Brasch and Nick Steinborn give the band their full and layered sound, with Steinborn also contributing keyboards. Bassist Josh Martin and drummer Mike Kennedy provide a solid backbone to the band’s alt rock-inspired pop-punk.

Throughout the years, The Wonder Years have built a considerable following on the grounds of their unique lyricism, powerful message and cathartic live show.

Formed in 2005 as a joke band from the ashes of a high school band called The Premier, The Wonder Years built up a local following on the back of their debut album, which Campbell describes as “just bad, I mean really bad, I don’t even want to talk about it.”

However, 2008’s Won’t Be Pathetic Forever EP saw the band start to take itself seriously — with Campbell’s troubles with depression surfacing in his lyrics.

What followed was 2010’s The Upsides, a record which propelled the band to the head of the “posi pop punk” movement for its catchy melodies and promotion of PMA.
A third full-length followed only a year and a half later in the form of the metatextual, career-affirming Suburbia I’ve Given You All And Now I’m Nothing. Recounting Campbell’s return to his suburban hometown, the record attracted attention for its more contrasted, level-headed look at themes of recovery and and finding home.
2013’s The Greatest Generation took The Wonder Years' sound and lyrics further into a darker place, exploring Campbell’s continuing struggle with mental illness in a skin-deep display, and garnering overwhelming acclaim.
After a two-year break, the band returned with No Closer To Heaven, an album which found its genesis in writer’s block. Drawing more than ever from emo and alternative rock, it was a thematic departure from the “trilogy about growing up” that the previous three albums formed.

Following the end of No Closer to Heaven’s touring cycle, the band announced that they would start a loose arts collective called Loneliest Place On Earth, whose first release would be the band’s first acoustic EP, Burst and Decay.