Wonder Years (The) Biography

The Wonder Years are a pop punk/hardcore punk band from Philadelphia started in June 2005. Since then they have 2 full lengths, 2 EPs, and several splits and compilation contributions. They are signed to Hopeless records.

Formation and early years (2005-2006)

The Wonder Years were born in 2005 out of the remnants of an old Lansdale, PA band called The Premier.

Their first two years of existence amounted to two relatively unknown split EP's with two Lansdale bands who are no longer together. Their first split came in 2005, with Emergency and I, which featured two songs that would later be included in their first full length Get Stoked On It!, "I Fell in Love With a Ninja Master" and "Buzz Aldrin: The Poster Boy For Second Place", and a third song entitled "Cowboy Killers".

The Wonder Years quickly followed up with a split with Bangarang!, releasing two more songs that would be on GSOI!, "My Geraldine Lies Over the Delaware" and "Let's Moshercise!", as well as two more songs titled "I Ain't Saying She's a Gold Digga (Sike!)" and "Through Two Hearts", that would not make the following record.

Get Stoked on It! (2007)

For their first full length album, Get Stoked On It! caused the then-small fan base to grow significantly. GSOI! was released on October 30, 2007 and featured 12 songs, all playfully titled.

The Middle Years and extended plays (2008-2009)

After a very successful campaign with their first full length, The Wonder Years signed with local label No Sleep Records. In the spring of 2008, The Wonder Years prepared to release the EP Won't Be Pathetic Forever, an album that was released both digitally and on vinyl on June 10, 2008. This release is seen as a turning point for the band. Lyrically, WBPF takes on a bit more of a serious note (aside from the song titles). Their only release in 2008 was a split EP entitled Distances with UK Pop Punk band All or Nothing. The split only held two songs by The Wonder Years. It was after this release that keyboardist/vocalist Mikey Kelly left the band to pursue other goals.

The Upsides (2010)

The week of January 24-31, known to some as "Upsides Week", featured release shows in Philadelphia, Detroit, Cincinnati, Boston, and the Los Angeles area. The release shows were also the final shows for drummer Mike Kennedy who left the band to pursue an education. Nick Steinborn permanently replaced him for the tour that shortly followed the release shows.

The album sold 1852 units in its first week, landing it on four Billboard charts: #5 on Alternative Artist, #9 on Top New Artist, #26 on Top Internet Album, and #43 on Indie Label Album.

Future plans (2010-present)

The Wonder Years have announced that they will release a split 7" with Fallen From the Sky. The split will have one song for each band and both will be covers. The Wonder Years are expected to cover "Zip Lock" by Lit.

Other than the announced split, The Wonder Years have announced no new future plans and are currently touring with Therefore I Am and Man Overboard.

The Wonder Years officially announced a tour with bands Set Your Goals and Comeback Kid on the "Kimbo wants a Pepsi tour" starting April 16th.

On May 5th they announced their first ever Australian tour for September 2010 with Heroes For Hire, Tonight Alive and Skyway as support.

On May 27th the band announced they had signed with Hopeless Records.

On May 31st, it was announced on Punktastic and Absolutepunk.net that Hopeless Records would be re-releasing The Upsides with four new songs: one song recorded with the full band, one acoustic song, an acoustic rendition of "Washington Square Park", and a reworked version of "Logan Circle." The album will also receive new artwork.
Source: wikipedia.org
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