This is so brilliant.
It's been ten years since The Wonder Years released their pop-punk classic 'The Upsides', and they haven't been able to celebrate all that much this year.
That's changed now though with the release of a new song called 'Brakeless' that the band have recorded in the style of the record. The song is being released now because of a challenge the band set their fans as part of requesting their mail-in ballots for the upcoming election.
Let vocalist Dan Campbell explain:
“Brakeless” is one of two new songs we recorded over the summer. We were thinking about ways to celebrate the ten year anniversaries of The Upsides and Suburbia. The two records were released a year apart and, maybe, from the outside, they feel like different eras of the band but internally, it was one long, sleep-deprived blur of rest stop bathrooms, walmart parking lots, airport floors and dirty green rooms. To us, the two records are forever intertwined and needed to be celebrated together.
In a deep-dive through an old hard drive, I (Dan) stumbled onto a voice-note demo dated during the writing of Suburbia. It was a song I never showed the band because I didn’t feel like it had a place on the record and the idea struck me to try to go back in time and turn it into a full song. And then we thought, “If we’re going to do a new song in the style of Suburbia, then we should do one in the style of Upsides as well.” So we did. We went back and dug through old-unused ideas from the era. We reread journals and sifted through memories and we wrote two new songs that we feel would be at home on those records and we got the team back together to do it. Steve Evetts who produced and mixed Suburbia produced these songs and Vince Ratti who produced and mixed Upsides mixed them. Because of the pandemic, Steve produced remotely from California via technology that is way above my pay-grade and so our live engineer, Andy Clarke, engineered for us in person at Retro City Studios in Philadelphia.
Now, like we said, this song wasn’t going to come out for another two months. We challenged y’all to register to vote, check your status and request your mail-in ballot and you showed up in numbers to do that; so we’re keeping our end of the bargain and putting it out now. All that really means is that you should keep your eyes peeled, because there’s more to come and we’re really excited to show you all of what we’ve been working on."
How absolutely brilliant is that?
The result is a track that employs the same poetically relative lyricism and youthful fury of the record but brings it crashing into the modern day with a varnish that only a band who have been honing their craft for a decade could.
Have a listen to it below:
How incredibly special.
Here's 'Melrose Diner' from that record, as a little extra treat:
The band are set to play a special livestream in lieu of their annual Halloween show where they will splitting into two and playing two sets as blink-182.
You can pick up a ticket from right HERE