Anyone who says that there’s no longer a punk presence on Warped Tour needs to look no further than Lansdale, PA act the Wonder Years. The pop punk quintet began catching ears last year with its upbeat and snappy album The Upsides before unleashing one of the most talked about pop-punk albums in recent memory with this summer’s Suburbia, I’ve Given You All and Now I’m Nothing. This darker, more aggressive collection of tracks has gained the band even further notoriety and landed it a full run on this year’s Warped Tour.
Fronted by outspoken vocalist Dan “Soupy” Campbell, the Wonder Years are quickly becoming one of the most intriguing bands in the scene with a killer live performance and a penchant for speaking its mind. Suburbia is a journey through a difficult 12-month period for the group following the release of The Upsides and takes a critical and thoughtful look at the ideas and values instilled by suburban America. PopMatters recently caught up with bassist Josh Martin to talk about the band’s new record and the pains and joys experienced during its current summer-long trek.