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ABSOLUTExclusive & Too Long; Do Read: The Wonder Years / Stay Ahead of the Weather
Today we are excitedly teaming up with our friends in The Wonder Years
and Stay Ahead of the Weather
, along with Hopeless Records
, to bring you a stream of the Punk Is Dead. Get A Job.
split, which comes out April 24. You can listen to the songs and check out our Too Long; Do Read
cover article for April right here
. If You Get A Chance To Win, Take It
traces how The Wonder Years have grown steadily from the release of The Upsides
to their first "big-boy headliner" on this year's GK Tour. It also gets into important stuff like haircuts and tattoos. Leave your thoughts on the article and the new songs in the replies.
In fact, that growth has led to a point in time where there is another movement among the band’s older fans. They’ve reached the point that many bands reach where getting called sell-outs and being criticized for their popularity is commonplace. Signing to Hopeless Records? Sell-outs. A t-shirt in Hot Topic? Who are you, Nickelback? Having a driver on a tour? Lazy bums. The Wonder Years are no longer just your band – that band you told your best friends about but never wanted to tell everyone about. You didn’t need to tell everyone…they already found out for themselves.
Campbell puts it into perspective more eloquently than most. “A lot of times when a band gets to a level of popularity and you start to see that fucking kid you hated in high school wearing their T-shirt, kids are like, ‘But no, that’s my ba – oh fuck it, fuck this band,’” Campbell says. “And I can’t blame them, I did it too.”
Just another piece of the progress.