The Wonder Years have been a hot topic here on Mind Equals Blown for the past few weeks. We’ve had our thoughts on their new song, a review of a show on their latest tour, and a brand new interview with bassist Josh Martin to name a few things the band has been involved with. Well, here they are once again as we bring you a preview of their new album and Hopeless Records debut Suburbia: I’ve Given You All and Now I’m Nothing. I recently got a hold of a three-song sampler of the new album, so without further adieu, let us dive into these songs.
“Local Man Ruins Everything”
The first song on the sampler is one that has already been released to the public, and my thoughts on this particular song, can be read here.
Song number two on this nifty little sampler is a song that offers much more than “Local Man” as it stands at nearly a minute longer. Starting off with a slow riff then leading into vocalist Dan “Soupy” Campbell’s frantic vocals accompanied by hastened drums, “Coffee Eyes” opens strongly and leads into an enormous chorus that will no doubt be one of the more memorable choruses on Suburbia. Though the backbone of the song lies in its chorus, the true brilliance of this track lies in the outro in which all the instruments crescendo into a heroic group chant in which the band belts the main chorus line, “There’s always been a table for me there.” “Coffee Eyes” is a prime example of how far the band’s sound has evolved, incorporating more Alternative influences which shy away from the average pop-punk formula we are used to seeing from this group.
“Don’t Let Me Cave In”
While “Coffee Eyes” showcases The Wonder Years’ progression in sound, “Don’t Let Me Cave In” delivers the same style that can be found on the band’s past work, but contains a new spin that follows the new-found sound of both “Local Man” and “Coffee Eyes.” Opening with soft vocals and delicate guitar-work, Soupy recites “You drove me all the way up here/Cause you could tell that all was a mess/I wasn’t gonna make it to dinner/I shouldn’t be callin’ again/You drove me all the way back.” After this effective intro ceases, the full band kicks in, displaying a classic pop-punk beat. As Soupy exclaims the song title and transitions effortlessly into the still-catchy chorus, it is nothing but enjoyable to witness how natural and fluent his vocals have become after his nasally contributions to The Wonder Years’ breakout album, The Upsides. At first listen, this might be a song that comes off as skippable and exudes boredom, but once one can truly appreciate all aspects of it, this track definitely becomes a delightful tune that grows stronger and stronger with each listen.
As the final song on the sampler comes to a sudden halt, I am left feeling satisfied, cheerful and above all, undeniably excited to hear the rest of this album. If all of the other tracks on Suburbia display a sensational progression in musical creativity and still hold the same amount of passion and heart as these three songs, then it is without a doubt that this will be an album to remember from a band that has already stapled their name in the pop-punk history books.