Hopeless Records Signs The Wonder Years

Uncategorized — By HopelessMelissa on May 27, 2010

Hopeless Records is excited to welcome the newest members of the family, Philadelphia’s own, The Wonder Years. Made up of vocalist Dan Soupy Campbell, guitarists Matt Brasch and Casey Cavaliere, bassist Josh Martin, drummer Mike Kennedy and keyboardist/guitarist Nick Steinborn… The Wonder Years are just six dudes here to bring you some pop-punk straight from the Keystone state.

In regards to the signing The Wonder Years want everyone to know, “Hopeless was the right choice for us. We’ve never been concerned with sounding like the other bands on a label. I mean, when we signed with No Sleep there were two other bands on the label. One sounded like Botch and the other sounded like Modest Mouse. For us, it’s more important that a label gets us and what we want to do and after a ton of meetings with Hopeless, we know that it’s the right home for us. The roster is small and so we know we won’t get lost in the mix. The staff members are hard working and super nice. We respect all of the charity work the label does and are excited to be a part of a label that has such an interest in helping people. Hopeless has an amazing back catalouge full of some of my all-time favorite records and we’re really honored to have the chance to even be mentioned in the same breath as some of their bands.”

The Wonder Years’ first home was with the SoCal independent label, No Sleep Records which put out numerous EP’s, splits and the recent full length album “The Upsides” for the band.

The band adds “No Sleep is one of the best up and coming labels right now. In a few years, Chris is going to be on top of this game and we couldn’t be more excited for him and the bands he’s signing. We love that dude with all our hearts and are so proud of how far his label has come. For us, it was time to move on.”

No Sleep Records president, Chris Hansen shows the band his support, “The Wonder Years and No Sleep have been together for basically almost both of our lifetimes, and I couldn’t be happier or prouder of how far they have come and with their move to Hopeless Records. Support these guys always, some of the best dudes and my best friends.”

The final details of the signing were recently ironed out… through a pancake eat-off, duh. See how it all went down at the local IHOP and see who was victorious in this match up… Lets Eat!

The Wonder Years critically acclaimed sophomore album, The Upsides is a record about hope. During the past year, The Wonder Years found themselves trudging through their early twenties along side an army of downtrodden friends. It felt like sadness had become the status quo and that didn’t sit well with them. On a bike ride around the fountain at Logan Circle on the first day of spring, the idea struck that this constant state of defeat was no way to live and out of that, “The Upsides” was born. Instead of a writing format derived from the ideas of one member, The Wonder Years built a record out of opposing influences, colossal arguments and gallons of sweat. In writing “The Upsides,” The Wonder Years have created a soundtrack for the hopeful.

Need a dose of The Upsides, get your copy from our webstore

The Wonder Years aren’t slowing down anytime soon… the band is currently on tour in Europe before making the trek back to the states for a full summer and fall packed schedule. Vocalist Soupy adds… “Hopefully, we’ll see you all this summer with Streetlight Manifesto and/or New Found Glory and Lemuria.”

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Upcoming Tour Dates

[UK/Europe Tour]
5/27/2010 Manchester, UK – Retro Bar [w/ All Or Nothing]
5/28/2010 Camden, UK – The Purple Turtle
5/29/2010 Hatfield, UK – Uni of Herts [Slam Dunk Fest]
5/30/2010 Leeds, UK – Leeds University [Slam Dunk Fest]

[UK/Europe Tour w/ Four Year Strong, Fireworks]
6/01/2010 Wolverhampton, UK – Slade Rooms
6/02/2010 Liverpool, UK – Academy 2
6/03/2010 London, UK – Islington Academy
6/06/2010 Cologne, Germany – Underground
6/07/2010 Paris, France – La Boule Noire
6/08/2010 Frankfurt, Germany – Nachtleben
6/09/2010 Stuttgart, Germany – Universum

[w/ Streetlight Manifesto, Supervillains, Dan Potthast]
6/23/2010 Towson, MD – Recher Theatre
6/24/2010 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
6/26/2010 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
6/27/2010 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
6/29/2010 Montreal, QC – Metropolis
6/30/2010 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
7/01/2010 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
7/02/2010 Chicago, IL – Metro
7/03/2010 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Small’s
7/04/2010 Covington, KY – Mad Hatter
7/06/2010 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
7/07/2010 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
7/09/2010 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
7/10/2010 Portland, OR – Satyricon
7/11/2010 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
7/12/2010 West Hollywood, CA – Key Club
7/13/2010 West Hollywood, CA – Key Club
7/15/2010 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
7/16/2010 San Diego, CA – Soma
7/17/2010 Tucson, AZ – The Rock
7/19/2010 Austin, TX – Emo’s
7/20/2010 Dallas, TX – The Door
7/21/2010 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live

7/23/2010 Jacksonville, FL – The Pit
7/24/2010 Tampa, FL – Transitions
7/25/2010 Pembroke Pines, FL – The Talent Farm

[w/ Streetlight Manifesto, Crime In Stereo, Dan Potthast]
7/28/2010 Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theater
7/29/2010 Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
7/30/2010 New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
7/31/2010 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
8/01/2010 New York, NY – Highline Ballroom

8/19/2010 St. Louis, MO – Fubar

[w/ New Found Glory, Lemuria]
8/20/2010 Springfield, MO – Remington’s Downtown
8/22/2010 Memphis, TN – The Hi-Tone
8/24/2010 Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
8/26/2010 Wilmington, NC – The Soapbox Laundrolounge
8/27/2010 Greenville, SC – The Handlebar
8/28/2010 Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern
8/29/2010 Tallahassee, FL – Floyd’s Music Store
8/31/2010 Pensacola, FL – Phineas Phogg’s

9/03/2010 Vineland, NJ – Hangar 84

9/09/2010 Brisbane, Australia – Globe
9/10/2010 Brisbane City, Australia – The Fort
9/11/2010 Sydney, Australia – Gaelic Club
9/12/2010 Sydney, Australia – Masonic Hall
9/15/2010 Perth, Australia – Amplifier Bar
9/16/2010 Adelaide City, Australia – Fowlers Live
9/17/2010 Weribee (Melbourne), Australia – Club POW!
9/18/2010 Fitzroy (Melbourne), Australia – Everlyn Hotel
9/19/2010 Footscray, Australia – Phoenix Youth Centre

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  • Stephen Robinson

    Bring on Liverpool!

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