Yesterday at 11:00 a.m. EST, pop-punk’s biggest up-and-comers The Wonder Years released “Dismantling Summer,” the second single off of their upcoming album The Greatest Generation, which will be released on May 14th via Hopeless Records. And Mind Equals Blown is here to give you our thoughts.
The band gave the public their first taste of the new album three weeks ago with “Passing through a Screen Door,” a thunderously confident track that since then has helped build consistent buzz for The Greatest Generation. And let me tell you…having to follow a song that solid is no easy feat to accomplish. Because the song was so successful in accomplishing its goal, the band resultantly put themselves on a pedestal for how the rest of the singles would be perceived.
Fortunately, I’m here to tell you that the band hasn’t dug themselves in too deep of a hole – “Dismantling Summer” is another winner. It doesn’t surpass the expectations that they set with the first song, but its message is still very clear: the impending release of The Greatest Generation should be on your radar.
Though it doesn’t stray too far from the themes or attitudes showcased through “Passing through a Screen Door,” this song is a lyrical success. It’s not the best work that frontman Dan “Soupy” Campbell has produced, but the lyricism is still dripping with poignancy. The straightforward chorus is the song’s highlight, as Campbell doesn’t dance around his feelings: “I’ve been acting like I’m strong, but the truth is I’ve been losing ground to a hospital too crowded/I hadn’t seen heartbreak until now.”
Though its title suggests a breezy, possibly bubbly detour into lighter territory, the song ends up being one of the band’s most brooding yet. The lyrics are cohesive, the imagery is apparent and the emotion continues to pour out of the artists – everything that we expect from a solid Wonder Years song.
Musically, the song continues to show a step in the right direction. The production is to the point and effective. One of the major highlights is guitarist Matt Brasch lending his pipes to the song’s bridge around the 2:00 mark. Though Brasch has made numerous appearances in the band’s previous works, it’s fantastic to see them utilizing his talents to where they’re more noticeable.
The same can be said about bassist Josh Martin. His work on the new material has definitely been more apparent on The Greatest Generation’s latest two songs, which is fortunate to see. Though Campbell admittedly told Mind Equals Blown back in March that they’d been under-utilizing their bassist’s talents until now, they reported they’d be having Martin shine on the new material. It’s a pleasure to see the band advancing their sound record after record, and “Dismantling Summer” provides a little light because of that.
All things considered, “Dismantling Summer” will win the hearts of old and new Wonder Years fans alike; there’s no denying that. Though the track had the unfortunate duty of raising the bar even higher, they end up accomplishing their goal of creating more buzz for their latest record. If the band continues to pump out equally gratifying songs like this, they’ll have zero problem proving that they’re The Greatest Generation.
Give “Dismantling Summer” a listen for yourself here, then let us know what you think in the comments!