PopSyd: Pop-punk perfection
Pop-punk outfit The Wonder Years treated fans to an impressive 40-minute set at The Fillmore in Silver Spring on Monday, Oct. 7.
The five-piece from Lansdale, Pa. was incredibly high-energy throughout the night.
Not having performed in Maryland since the Vans Warped Tour this past summer, they expressed their eagerness to play a show in front of a Maryland crowd again. Though they were not headlining, they sure performed like they were.
As the members bounded back and forth across the stage and screamed into their microphones, fans were enthralled and fed off of the never-ending energy.
Apart from stage presence, lead singer Dan “Soupy” Campbell showed that he truly has a way of connecting with the fans.
In between songs he spoke of his personal struggles, such as depression, feeling lost and losing loved ones.
He created common ground with the fans and made them feel right at home. The band played 11 songs, choosing from all three of their full-length albums.
With choices like “Melrose Diner” and “Chaser,” both veteran and new fans seemed pleased with the song choices.
The highlight of the night happened four songs in during “Dismantling Summer.”
In dedication to his grandfather, Soupy sung of how helpless he felt being away from home while his grandfather was ill.
The entire song is full of heart-wrenching and powerful lyrics but the end of the chorus is where he makes his point, “I hadn’t seen a heartbreak until now. I hadn’t felt a heartbreak until now.”
Other songs on the set list included “Passing Through a Screen Door” and “Woke Up Older.” My personal favorite is “Don’t Let Me Cave In.”
Though I’ve seen The Wonder Years perform it many times before, I’m still enamored each time I hear them play the song.
“Came Out Swinging” was their last song. As the lead single from their third album, “Suburbia,” it’s fast pace made it a perfect closer.
The band and the fans gave it their all for one last song.
In a parting gesture, Soupy held the microphone out to one crowd surfing fan that was just being lifted out by security guards.
He let the fan finish the final words of “Came Out Swinging,” smiled and gave the fan a high-five.
A few ending riffs, microphone swings and key touches and The Wonder Years were done.