“See people say the greatest generation has come and gone but they’re wrong… They haven’t seen what we’re capable of.”
Everyone, bear with me. This is an album I’ve been waiting months for, and one which I really care about. This is going to be a long article.
I’ve been hyping this album up on the site for a while now. Or better put, I’ve been echoing the hype this album has been receiving all over the Internet on the site for a while now. The last classic pop-punk album I remember waiting this anxiously for was Green Day’s 21st Century Breakdown, which I was extraordinarily thrilled with. But not since Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy has an album lived up to the Internet-hype so excellently.
In the early 00s, TWY frontman Daniel “Soupy” Campbell broke up with his girlfriend of two years. Subsequently, the other band members underwent life changes that left them as a whole feeling depressed and miserable. Enter The Upsides: TWY’s sophomore effort; a raw punk record about battling depression, inspired by everyday occurrences Soupy witnessed on early morning bike rides. To this day, punk fans will associate the fountain at Logan Circle with renewal. The Upsides established The Wonder Years’s songwriting formula: catchy hooks, power chords, stream-of-consciousness lyrics, recurring themes and motifs, and a colorful cast of characters (a.k.a. their closest friends). It was by all means a phenomenal album, but there was definitely room for improvement.
Building on their successes, TWY released Suburbia: I’ve Given You All and Now I’m Nothing, an ode to Allen Ginsberg seamlessly crafted into an album about self-discovery. Melding aspects of Ginsberg’s beat-generation rambling in the poem “America” with more real-life events, TWY created Suburbia to be a sequel to The Upsides. Names like Max, Spiro, and Dave are mentioned in both albums, and references to tracks on The Upsides are not infrequent on TWY’s third album.
In a YouTube trailer for the upcoming fourth album, Soupy’s narration explains that The Greatest Generation will conclude a trilogy begun by the proceeding two albums. Fans were treated to nothing more than two and a half minutes worth of footage of the band recording and a thirty-second snippet of the album’s opening track “There, There.” Yet from the moment I watched that clip, I knew that this album would claim its rightful place in my all-time favorites, as well as in punk history. The Greatest Generation moves on from just the themes of adolescence and depression and self-discovery, examining growing up in a historical context. The album derives it’s title from Tom Brokaw’s 1998 book about the generation of Americans who fought in World War II. In the album’s liner notes, Soupy argues that this generation has the same potential: “We’re sick of calling someone else the greatest. It’s our turn to shape the world.” Soupy’s lyrics examine PTSD (“I used to have such steady hands/Now I can’t keep them from shaking”), prescription drug abuse (“I’m filling you prescription/The orange bottles stare me down/They’re standing at attention/An army on your windowsill”), the morality of war (“They play the war drum out of time/So I’m not sure where I’ve been marching”) and the meaning of religion (“I don’t think there’s a God/I don’t think that there’s someone coming to save us/And I don’t think that’s the worst news of the day”).
Each song is as good as the next, but my favorite moment comes in the form of the epic closing track: “I Just Want to Sell Out My Funeral.” In a pop-punk defying seven-minutes, TWY ties the entire album together, before offering one of the more powerful stanzas in my recent musical memory:
“‘Cause I’m sick of seeing ghosts/And I know how it’s all gonna end/There’s no triumph waiting/There’s no sunset to ride off in/We all want to be great men/And there’s nothing romantic about it/I just want to know that I did all I could with what I was given.”
Conclusion: buy this album. Enjoy this album.
Every time I hear a new song from The Wonder Years’ upcoming fourth studio LP I can’t imagine how they could possibly write anything better, but I’ll be damned if this isn’t the best track they’ve released off the album so far. The Philly-based pop-punk band has really matured from their first effort, Get Stoked on It, where they wrote songs about ninjas, monsters, pirates, etc. I’ve already got my tickets to the release show in a few days and I can’t wait to hear these phenomenal songs live. Check out the lyric video below.
“Where I Left You” is Man Overboard’s second single from their upcoming album, this time coming with a music video. This single is definitely stronger than the first single (“White Lies”) for the album. It’s hard to deny hearing the Blink influences in the beginning, but that applies to pretty much every pop-punk song. Definitely a great release by the band and this should make Man Overboard fans even more excited for Heart Attack on May 28th. Look out for The Story So Far’s cameo at the end of the video.
MGMT unleashes their new single entitled “Alien Days.” The psychedelic track takes on a unique sound with a child’s voice opening up the ballad. The lead singer then comes in over an acoustic guitar, a drum beat, and some synth play later in “Alien Days.” The mellow offering from MGMT may be a new direction for the band, but the track still keeps me interested in MGMT’s forthcoming album. I’m about to go back and listen to Congratulations after hearing “Alien Days.” Stream MGMT’s new single below.
MGMT - Alien Days
Philly-based pop-punk band The Wonder Years released their second single off of their upcoming album The Greatest Generation, set to release May 14th. “Dismantling Summer” keeps all of the classic elements of their older material. Lead singer Dan “Soupy” Campbell has said that this upcoming record will be the band’s most personal yet. The Wonder Years are one of my absolute favorite bands, and I cannot wait for the album to come out in May.
The Wonder Years - "Dismantling Summer"
Fall Out Boy let loose their new rap influenced single featuring G.O.O.D. Music’s own Big Sean titled “The Mighty Fall.” Big Sean recently released his new street single featuring Common titled “Switch Up,” and Fall Out Boy let go the 2 Chainz remix to their past single, “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up).” Sean Don and Fall Out ‘Boi’ deliver an interesting single with “The Mighty Fall.” The bells, chimes, backing drums, guitar riffs, and grimey vocals from Fall Out Boy’s lead singer, Patrick Stump, make this one a loud and unique release. Stream Fall Out Boy’s “The Mighty Fall” featuring Big Sean below and hit “Read More” to listen to Fall Out Boy’s collaboration with Elton John “Save Rock and Roll.” Both “The Mighty Fall” and the album titled single, “Save Rock and Roll” will be featuring on Fall Out Boy’s forthcoming project, Save Rock and Roll, due out April 15.
Fall Out Boy - The Mighty Fall (feat. Big Sean)
Not only did we get a Snoop Lion and Miley Cyrus collaboration today, but we also received a 2 Chainz and Fall Out Boy collab. 2 Chainz lends a verse on the remix to Fall Out Boy’s first single ”My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up).” The original track will reside on Fall Out Boy’s upcoming release, Save Rock N Roll, due out April 16. Stream 2 Chainz’s remix to the single below. Hit the jump to check out Fall Out Boy’s tour dates and to pre-order Fall Out Boy’s forthcoming album, Save Rock N Roll.
Fall Out Boy - Light Em Up (2 Chainz Remix)
Last weekend, YGM went to see one of our favorite upcoming indie acts perform in Rockville Centre. Old Best Friend performed their first full-band set that night, and it sounded absolutely awesome (nowhere near what you would expect a bands FIRST show to sound like). There wasn’t the biggest crowd out there for him that night, but with Old Best Friend’s near flawless debut EP and memorable live show that’s sure to change very soon.
Mike Comite of Old Best Friend was nice enough to sit down with us for a interview after the show. Click ‘read more’ to read the interview and see some live footage from the show.
I’ve been obsessed with Awolnation’s record “Sail” ever since I heard the single on 101.9 New Rock in NY. Since then, the station has been shut down which is pretty upsetting since it was the only station on FM that I really listened to, but “Sail” still earned a spot in my iTunes and was in heavy rotation in the summer. What better way to revive the record then to give it the TDE treatment? Kendrick Lamar raps about his rise to fame and how ‘nothing’s familiar’ anymore while Ab-Soul talks about topics ranging from his ADD to being thankful and showing his love. The remix is available as a free download below. Look out for a CDQ version with no tags in the future hopefully. LA Leakers delivered this one.
Awolnation - "Sail" (Remix)
Vampire Weekend released two new singles today off their upcoming album Modern Vampires Of The City. “Diane Young” is classic Vampire Weekend: fast-paced, indie, and catchy beyond belief. “Step” is the band’s version of a ballad; resulting in a very chill and beautiful song with a Beatles-esque vibe. Modern Vampires Of The City will be officially released on May 7th.
Vampire Weekend – Diane Young
Vampire Weekend – Step