Every band seems to go through that phase when they decide to write about the place they grew up in. Whether it’s a big city, the countryside, or anywhere in between, you can count on at least a few songs in each band’s catalog to depict the place in which they call home. The Wonder Years took that concept this past year and turned it into an entire record, full of honest lyrical work and choruses you just may never get out of your head.
“Suburbia I’ve Given You All And Now I’m Nothing,” released in summer of 2011, makes you feel as if you’re experiencing the band’s hometown right along with them. Frontman Daniel “Soupy” Campbell belts out lines out like “Every business on Main Street collapsed except Morgan’s mom’s place” in the song “Suburbia,” and “We ended up busted, broken and choking down a Grand Slam, I can’t think of a better way for the night to end,” in the song “Summers in PA.” While the band does make several references that are probably specific to their residence, they also speak broadly about living in “Suburbia,” making the album not just for the band’s insiders who know where they’re from.
With a good concept surrounding the songs, The Wonder Years also know how to write some excellent pop-punk music, taking a cue from the legends of the scene, New Found Glory and Saves The Day. Every chorus blasts out of your speakers, while the lyrics instantly relate, if not all that deep. Don’t be surprised if these guys are still making music and touring, 10 years from now.
The vinyl for “Suburbia,” can be purchased here, in a black color. Both the grey and baby blue versions of the record are sold out at Shop Radio Cast. The group also released several variations of the vinyl, with different photos (mentioned in the album) scattered throughout. They sold a very limited quantity of the special packages at their record release show and they pop up every now and then on auction sites and at absolutepunk.net.