Live Review: The Wonder Years

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The Greatest Generation tour rolled into Toronto on Wednesday April 16th.  Headliners The Wonder Years were joined by Fireworks (replacing Defeater on the entire tour, who had dropped the run due to medical issues),  Real Friends, Citizen and Modern Baseball.  When I first saw this fabulous line-up I was instantly stoked. The Wonder Years are one of my pop-punk favourites with Real Friends close behind. Citizen has been growing on me more and more and the show would be my first real exposure to both Fireworks and Modern Baseball.  Not a single band disappointed that night and the tour fully lived up to my expectations.

Modern Baseball opened the show with an energetic and youthful set, creating a kegger-like atmosphere – fun and likeable.  They were followed by Citizen, who delivered a more intense, and well-executed set. Fans were yelling back at the band throughout their performance, especially during “The Night I Drove Alone.” The third act of the night, Real Friends, played an engaging set, introducing a little more energy to the room. Singer Dan Lambton clearly enjoys what he does for a living, as he could not help but smile for most of the set. The band’s enthusiasm was translated into moshing, dancing and jumping in the crowd. Real Friends may sing “sad songs” but they are most definitely upbeat.

The Wonder Years opened their set with the first track off of their most recent album, “There, There”, and as soon as the band really kicked in the crowd went wild. The Wonder Years played several songs off of this album, as the tour name might have suggested, and threw in some older songs as well. The band members are all very capable musicians and provided excellent live renditions of their music. Frontman Dan “Soupy” Campbell was able to keep the crowd engaged between songs with stories, song introductions and other stage banter. The crowd endured mosh pits, circle pits, crowd surfing and stage diving throughout the set. Fans made their way to the stage one after another, after another and were quickly hurried off stage by security. The final song of the night was “I Just Want to Sell Out My Funeral”, which quotes several other songs off of The Greatest Generation, making it a great way to close out an amazing night.

 

 

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