Music / The Wonder Years
The Wonder Years are a Pop Punk
band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania known for being the Trope Maker
for the Defend Pop Punk
movement of Alternative Rock.
They are notable among Emo-influenced bands for much of their discography having lyrical themes that are far more "mature" than most bands of the genre: their critically acclaimed "Depression" trilogy deals with, among other things, gentrification, homelessness, death of close friends/family, quarter-life crisis, and generational differences.
Their fifth studio album "No Closer To Heaven" reached #12 on the Billboard Charts in the United States.
- Get Stoked On It (2007)
- The Upsides (2010)
- Suburbia: I've Given You My All, And Now I'm Nothing (2011)
- The Greatest Generation (2013)
- No Closer To Heaven (2015)
- Concept Album: As stated above, The "Depression Trilogy" comprised of Upsides, Suburbia, and The Greatest Generation.
- Darker and Edgier: 'The Upsides' was a lot more mature than 'Get Stoked On It!' It only got more darker and mature from there:
- Dark Reprise: Zig-zagged between this and Triumphant Reprise in "I Just Want To Sell Out My Funeral" from 'The Greatest Generation'. While the music is full of energy, the lyrics are taken from previous songs in the album and as such the song is rather sad. It fits the tone of the album though.
- Downer Ending: 'The Greatest Generation' ends with 'I Just Want To Sell, Out My Funeral', which ends on a verse about how wanting to be a great person is no longer an admirable goal. 'No Closer to Heaven' ends with the titular song, about how Soupy will never truly find happiness (or heaven, in this case).
- Early Installment Weirdness: Get Stoked On It is far less mature lyrically than their trademark later sound.
- The Generation Gap: Much of "The Greatest Generation" can be seen as Soupy lashing out at the Baby Boomers and Generation X for their short-sightedness.
- Grief Song: Most of "No Closer To Heaven" consists of these.
- Lyrical Cold Open: "The Devil In My Bloodstream"
- Precision F-Strike: A particularly epic one in "The Devil In My Bloodstream".
- Power Ballad: "The Devil In My Bloodstrean" and "Cigarettes and Saints".
- Religion Rant Song: "I Won't Say The Lord's Prayer", and "Cigarettes & Saints".
- "Stuck at the Airport" Plot: "Came Out Swinging" deals with, among other things, Soupy having slept in an airport so many times it feels like home to him.
- Snow Means Death: "We Could Die Like This" mentions the possibility of Soupy having a heart attack shoveling snow.
- Triumphant Reprise: Zig-zagged between this and Dark Reprise in "I Just Want To Sell Out My Funeral" from 'The Greatest Generation'. While the music is full of energy, the lyrics are taken from previous songs in the album and as such the song is rather sad. It fits the tone of the album though.