Live. The Wonder Years

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Live. The Wonder Years
8th May 2014, London Scala

Ten years ago Green Day released American Idiot and redesigned pop-punk. Then it all went a bit quiet. No one quite knew what to do next. Fast forward to 2014 and the genre is not only making a resurgence, it’s going through a renaissance. Bands from both sides of the Atlantic are desperately making their mark, while The Wonder Years are leading the way in fine art.

Last year The Wonder Years released The Greatest Generation, painting a landscape that we can all, unfortunately, relate to. Tonight’s show, was an in-depth scene study of that environment. There wasn’t a single moment of quiet appreciation though. From the opening cry of ‘There, There’ to the last dying screams of ‘I Just Want To Sell Out My Funeral’, every word was echoed back at them. From the front to the back, there wasn’t a single person not emotionally invested in tonight’s show. Heart and soul engaged, it felt like a victory for the everyman. A glorious and visceral catharsis.

For every band singing about chicks and parties, we have The Wonder Years screaming about drinking alone. In a world where we project our best moments, and squirrel the rest away, we need The Wonder Years to remind us that it’s ok to be human. It’s ok to feel. Despite all the pain, all the suffering, what The Wonder Years really offer is hope.

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~ by justdip on 29/05/2014.

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