The Wonder Years

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.”

Modern Baseball was formed in 2011 by friends and guitarists Jacob Ewald and Brendan Lukens, who were soon joined by Ian Farmer on bass and Sean Huber on drums. The band self-released their first EP The Nameless Ranger in 2011 while still in high school. Shortly after the members relocated to Philadelphia to attend college and quickly gained a strong following in the Philadelphia music community, teaming up with locals Marietta to release the Couples Therapy split in the spring of 2012. Modern Baseball released their debut full-length Sports later that year on Lame-O Records, which they self-recorded and produced. After spending the summer of 2013 touring heavily across the US, the band headed into Studio A in Philadelphia to self-record You're Going to Miss It All. Mixed by Jonathan Low at Minor Street Recordings and mastered by Will Yip, You're Going to Miss It All features 12 tracks that showcase the band's signature witty indie-pop.

-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

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The Wonder Years with Modern Baseball, The Sixties

Friday, May 10 · Doors 6:00 PM / Show 6:30 PM at First Unitarian Church

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