The Wonder Years have released a full album stream of The Greatest Generation today, here. To Pre-Order The Greatest Generation on iTunes please visit: http://smarturl.it/TWYTGG_iTunes. For limited edition and exclusive bundles, please visit: http://smarturl.it/greatestgeneration.
The Wonder Years lead singer, Dan “Soupy” Campbell, has stated the below to all Wonder Years fans: “It’s 2013 and no one that wasn’t supposed to have our record got it until we mailed them out. It’s shocking and really a nice feeling that a bond of mutual respect with everyone who had the press stream kept the album where it belonged.
Now, the record is streaming so you can listen guilt free. Like I said, its 2013. I know how shit works. Music is free if you want it to be, so why pay for it? To that, I say, touché. I get it. I understand but I’d like to counter with this: it’s $10.
Crime in Stereo said this to me once and it really struck me. Just stop and think about what you’d spend $10 on; one trip to chipotle? Going to a movie if it’s a cheap one? Maybe a t-shirt from like Urban Outfitters if it’s on sale? Two beers at a bar?
We put in months of our lives into this record. We sweat and we froze in a shitty practice space. We argued and fought tooth and nail over every song. We spent weeks of 15 hour days at the studio working until we physically couldn’t anymore literally getting frustrated to the point of punching walls because we didn’t get it perfect. And that doesn’t even begin to account for financial shit. But forget all that. What’s most important is that we feel all the way down to our bones that this is our best record to date and the critics seem to agree.
It’s not intended as a guilt trip or like I’m pleading with you. It’s just a suggestion: next time you’re about to go to chipotle, maybe eat what your mom made or use your college meal card or make something yourself. The next time you’re gonna go to the bar, split a 30 rack with some buddies and drink at home. I’m suggesting you take that $10 and buy The Greatest Generation because we think its worth it and it matters to us as a band that you do. That’s all. Hope your lives are great. See you this summer.”
The band will be releasing their new album, The Greatest Generation, via Hopeless Records on May 14th, 2013. The album was produced and engineered by Steve Evetts (Saves the Day, Lifetime, Every Time I Die), and mixed by Mark Trombino (Jimmy Eat World, Blink-182, Motion City Soundtrack). The band will appear on the entire 2013 Vans Warped Tour Main Stage this summer, as well as performing their 4 Shows In 24 Hours, May 10th in Philadelphia, NYC, Chicago, and ending May 11th in Anaheim. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit: www.TheWonderYearsBand.com. In addition, The Wonder years have recently announced The Greatest Generation Pop Up Shop in collaboration with Glamour Kills Clothing. The Pop Up Shop will run from May 14th – May 17th at Stupid Easy Ideas Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. The shop will feature acoustic performances, signings, movies, food, and limited edition collaborative items! For updates, please visit: www.GlamourKills.com/twypopup.
In support of the recent Record Store Day and independent retailers everywhere, The Wonder Years are hosting a string of acoustic performance & signing events at independent record stores during the release week of The Greatest Generation.Fans can go to the stores listed below and pre-order their copy of The Greatest Generation to receive a wristband that guarantees them entry into the event. All other fans will be admitted on a first come first serve basis as store capacity permits. Hopeless Records is also teaming up with independent record stores to provide fans with a chance to get a 12 x 12 heavy stock poster featuring artwork from the first single off the record, “Passing Through A Screen Door”. There are only 1,000 of these posters available from independent retailers and only available when fans purchase the record from the store. All in store event locations are carrying the poster and fans can get one when they pre-order the record to get their wristband. Additional independent retailers carrying the exclusive poster will be revealed closer to street date. For more information, please visit: www.HopelessRecords.com/TWYinstores.
Consisting of Dan “Soupy” Campbell (lead singer), Casey Cavaliere (guitarist), Matt Brasch (guitarist), Nick Steinborn (keyboardist/guitarist), Joshua Martin (bassist), and Michael Kennedy (drummer), The Wonder Years are a band that started as something of a joke and grew to become recognized around the country, courtesy of a sloppy debut LP that flicked some sort of switch. Releasing The Upsides in January 2010, a complete departure from The Wonder Years’ early work, was just the beginning of an ongoing avalanche of momentum that has led the Philadelphia sextet to the forefront of the pop-punk community.
Engaging musicianship and intimate, instantly relatable lyricism made The Wonder Years a critical darling even before hordes of fans began to take notice. But it didn’t take long for everyone to jump on board. Signing to Hopeless Records with their brand of “realist pop-punk” and re-releasing The Upsides with bonus tracks brought about new buzz, and the release of the sprawling, 13-track concept record Suburbia I’ve Given You All and Now I’m Nothing in June of 2011 confirmed what many thought: The Wonder Years were for real.
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.“We didn’t need anyone else. We weren’t looking for charity. We were just going to cowboy up and fucking do it.”
The Wonder Years graced the cover of Alternative Press, played an entire summer on the Vans Warped Tour, and supported 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 breaking new boundaries.
Now, with the bands new release, The Greatest Generation, we will get to see what The Wonder Years have in store for us in 2013. The band tells us, “We know that this is unequivocally our strongest, most honest and most heartfelt work to date. We can’t wait to show everyone what we have in store for this release.”
The Wonder Years will release The Greatest Generation via Hopeless Records on May 14th, 2013. For track listing and tour dates, see below. To Pre-Order The Greatest Generation, with limited edition and exclusive bundles available, please visit: http://smarturl.it/greatestgeneration.
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The Wonder Year: 4 Shows In 24 Hours
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5/10 6pm The First Unitarian Church (SOLD OUT) Philadelphia, PA
5/11 12:45am The Gramercy Theatre (SOLD OUT) New York, NY
5/11 10am The Bottom Lounge (SOLD OUT) Chicago, IL
5/11 6pm Chain Reaction (SOLD OUT) Anaheim, CA
UK- Slam Dunk Festival:
May 24 Slam Dunk Festival Glasgow, UK
May 25 Slam Dunk Festival Leeds, UK
May 26 Slam Dunk Festival Hatfield, UK
May 27 Slam Dunk Festival Wolverhampton, UK
May 28 Slam Dunk Festival Wales Cardiff, UK
May 29 Slam Dunk Festival Dublin, Ireland
CANADA w/ Silverstein:
Jun 07 Crocks Thunder Bay, ON
Jun 08 Pyramid Cabaret Winnipeg, MB
Jun 09 The Exchange Regina, SK
Jun 11 The Starlite Room Edmonton, AB
Jun 12 The Den Calgary, AB
Jun 14 The Columbia Theatre New Westminster, Canada
Vans Warped Tour 2013:
Sat June 15 White River Amphitheatre Seattle, WA
Sun June 16 Portland Expo Center Portland, OR
Wed June 19 Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre San Diego, CA
Thurs June 20 Pomona Fairplex Pomona, CA
Fri June 21 Pomona Fairplex Pomona, CA
Sat June 22 Shoreline Amphitheatre Mountain View, CA
Sun June 23 Seaside Park Ventura, CA
Wed June 26 NMSU Practice Field Las Cruces, NM
Thur June 27 Quail Run Park Phoenix, AZ
Fri June 28 Silverton Casino Las Vegas, NV
Sat June 29 Utah State Fairpark Salt Lake City, UT
Sun June 30 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Denver, CO
Wed Jul 3 Klipsch Music Center Indianapolis, IN
Fri Jul 5 Molson Canadian Amphitheatre Toronto, ON
Sat Jul 6 Darien Lake Performing Arts Center Buffalo, NY
Sun Jul 7 PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel, NJ
Tues Jul 9 Farm Bureau Live Virginia Beach, VA
Wed Jul 10 Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia, MD
Thur Jul 11 Comcast Center Boston, MA
Fri Jul 12 Susquehanna Bank Center Camden, NJ
Sat Jul 13 Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Uniondale, NY
Sun Jul 14 Comcast Theatre Hartford, CT
Tues Jul 16 Toyota Pavilion Scranton, PA
Wed Jul 17 First Niagara Pavilion Pittsburgh, PA
Thur Jul 18 Blossom Music Center Cleveland, OH
Fri Jul 19 The Palace of Auburn Hills Detroit, MI
Sat Jul 20 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre Chicago, IL
Sun Jul 21 Canterbury Park Minneapolis, MN
Tues Jul 23 Cricket Wireless Amphitheater Kansas City, KS
Wed Jul 24 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis, MO
Thur Jul 25 Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood Atlanta GA
Fri Jul 26 Vinoy Park Tampa, FL
Sat Jul 27 Cruzan Amphitheatre West Palm Beach, FL
Fri July 28 Central Florida Fairgrounds Orlando, FL
Mon Jul 29 Charlotte Verizon Wireless Charlotte, NC
Tues Jul 30 Riverbend Music Center Cincinnati, OH
Wed Jul 31 Marcus Amphitheater Milwaukee, WI
Fri Aug 2 Gexa Energy Pavilion Dallas, TX
Sat Aug 3 AT&T Center San Antonio, TX
Sun Aug 4 Reliant Center Houston, TX