The Wonder Years
Modern Baseball, The Sixties
2125 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19103
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 6:30 PM
This event is all ages
The Wonder Years
What was originally a one-off song written by a group of bored suburban kids turned into a five-year plan none of them were expecting. Call it the ultimate after-school project. With only the intent and purpose of taking that one song and infecting it on everyone they knew, this ragtag group of “socially awkward” musicians called The Wonder Years found themselves in the middle of a burgeoning - wait for it - career. Now, as the band joins the Hopeless Records family, it’s obvious their easygoing short-term plans have changed dramatically.
The Wonder Years have come a long way from piggybacking their friends’ shows in Philly with that one initial song to sharing stages with the likes of New Found Glory, Set Your Goals and Comeback Kid. Oh, and Boyz II Men. Comprised of Dan “Soupy” Campbell (vocals), Casey Cavaliere and Matt Brasch (guitar), Nick Steinborn (keys/guitar), Josh Martin (bass) and Michael Kennedy (drums), they’re a band that used to borrow gear from their friends, trying to make shows memorable and exciting without worrying whether it was a perfect set or if they were even on time. It shows what the relatable appeal of a band can do - even when, as in the early days, they’re not even really trying.
Their influences, ranging from tour mates NFG to Saves the Day and the Hold Steady, are apparent in the attitude of a band that just want to connect with their audience in the most authentic and unpretentious way possible. “We’re just ourselves all the time, and we don’t have any rad gimmicks,” Campbell said. “We play loud and fast and recklessly. We front flip off speakers and sweat and spit and break just about everything. We've walked off stage needing stitches more than once.”
'Sports' is a uniquely modern record, capturing the sort of love and loneliness that could only occur in the second decade of the second millennium. Recorded over a series of late nights at Drexel University's free studio and released by Lame-O Records at the end of 2012, Sports conveys how it feels to be young and hopeless in modern Americaâ€”a cracked cellphone clutched in oneâ€™s hand, subconsciously refreshing social media, hoping to get noticed by that girl at the party and ignored by the ghosts from high school past. Calling on Say Anything's bravado, the Front Bottoms' tongue-in-cheek quirk and the Weakerthans' literary misery, Modern Baseball have made a record with remarkable depth and relatability
-Named One of Top 5 STL Bands in the U-City Examiner only 6 months after formation
-Named One of the RFT's "Local Artists Not to Overlook in 2011"
-Nominated by the RFT for Reader's Choice Best New Artist 2011
-Named Saint Louis' Best New Artist of 2011 by The Riverfront Times