ARTIST: The Wonder Years
SUPPORT: Apologies, I Have None; Hostage Calm
VENUE, TOWN: Corporation, Sheffield
DATE: 27th November 2011
FIVE WORD REVIEW: TWY bring summer to November.
MAIN REVIEW: The fact that The Wonder Years are playing in the main room of Sheffield’s gloomy Corporation venue may come as a surprise to many, though it is simply a testament to their increasing popularity.
Fresh off their run stateside with New Found Glory on the landmark Pop Punk’s Not Dead tour, the Pennsylvania outfit are back in the UK for a selection of dates with two of the genre’s other stalwarts, Saves The Day and Yellowcard.
In support, both Apologies, I Have None and Hostage Calm perform commendably, with the latter offering up admirable energy amid their zestful punk rock tracks. Despite this, their efforts are not enough to galvanise the room’s audience, who just courteously nod and clap, hotly anticipating the arrival of tonight’s headliners.
The dark Corporation, coupled with the traditionally cold British weather, may not be the ideal environment for the group’s radiant, anthemic pop-punk to be showcased, but tonight’s crowd are extraordinarily passionate.
As every line is emphatically sung back at Dan “Soupy” Walker, it’s easy to forget that we’re approaching December, as the music’s summery vibe circulates throughout the room.
‘All My Friends Are In Bar Bands’ is the only noticeable omission from tonight’s setlist, which virtually represents a greatest hits collection of The Wonder Years’ career thus far. ‘Logan Circle’ leaves the crowd in raptures, before the frenetic ‘Keystone State Dude-Core’ elicits a raucous reaction.
After ‘Washington Square Park’ brings the gig to a close, clenched fists are held aloft, with fans triumphantly singing Soupy’s closing lyrics for him, ending the night in spirited fashion.