The Wonder Years
Won't Be Pathetic Forever


4.0
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by Alexandra Caramelli USER (2 Reviews)
January 13th, 2010 | 12 replies | 11,850 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Wonder Years show their ability to write a good gong without any mention of ninjas or zombies.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

The Wonder Years are a catchy pop punk band from Philadelphia best known for their humorous lyrics and DIY worth ethics. What started as just a joke band, the Wonder Years really showed their ability to write a great, slightly more serious song with their "Won't Be Pathetic Forever" EP.

The EP opens up with "Mike Kennedy is a Bad Friend" which is essentialy nothing more than an intro. It starts off with the band's drummer Kennedy saying "Head above water this year, boys" and then we're off. The song shows that yes, The Wonder Years do know how to play their instruments.

The next track is "Solo and Chewy: Holdin' It Down". It's The Wonder Year's song about touring that has seem to become a pop punk essential. The song starts off with a single guitar playing behind Soupy's vocals and then a little bit of drums, pretty soon the track is filled with The Wonder Year's signature keyboards. In the middle of the track you'll be surprised to hear guest vocals by Rachel Minton, who manages to harmonize so well with Soupy's voice. By the end of the song things start to get a little heavier with some screaming vocals and overlapping voices.

The title track, "Won't Be Pathetic Forever" is a song that almost everyone can relate to, being sick of the pathetic life you're leading and actually wanting to be able to make a difference with what you're doing. The song starts off with drums and bass and then busts into one of the best Wonder Year's song up to that point by the time it gets to the chorus. The son'g chorus is laced with keyboards and gang vocals sang with tons of heart. "We won't sleep our lives away, and today(and today, and today.) We'll make waves. In this lake of *** we've made, I refuse to sink." The song progresses in the same manner and leads up to the end with a chant "I ***ing hate this town/ I ***ing love this town" overlapping.

The final song on the EP is, "You're Not Sallinger, Get Over It". It starts off with tons of fast paced drumming and guitars. The vocals on this track are all sang fast paced and filled with passion. The lines "Just cause we're down doesn't mean we've gotta stay there..." are followed with an outburst of melodic gang vocals that lead into a repeat of the chorus. The song gets a little bit slower with just the drums beating in the slower with "chin up, and we'll drown a little slower" being sang lightly until it progresses and becomes the main vocals. The EP ends with the listener wanting to hear more of The Wonder Year's new song writing style with no ninjas or zombies ever even being mentioned.


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BigHans
January 13th 2010



26455 Comments


You're new so probably not a big deal, but you are only supposed to post one review a day.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
July 2nd 2010



20856 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Even though it is only a 4 track EP, this is a step up for The Wonder Years. In comparison to their decent – but rather unmemorable - debut LP, this is a much more mature effort, is better produced, includes better song-writing and (most importantly) is much catchier. They use gang vocals really well on these tracks and hopefully all these little improvements bode well for their future. It is just a shame that the EP is only 11 minutes long! All songs are great, with probably the title track slightly standing above the other 3.

londoncalling457
August 20th 2010



2603 Comments


o.O I didn't know these guys were on here, they're from the same small town as me and I actually know a couple of them. Really cool dudes. It's weird cause they tour with bands like Streetlight Manifesto and still play shows at the local VFW, which is where I plan on seeing them in a couple of weeks.

drevans18
October 30th 2010



23 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

TWY get no love here.

Vesuvion
April 11th 2011



55 Comments


I like well-written gongs.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
April 14th 2011



17204 Comments


You're Not Salinger. Get Over It. is the best pop punk song of the last few years.

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
April 14th 2011



7023 Comments


^ interest piqued

Digging: FKA twigs - LP1

dimsim3478
January 15th 2012



4885 Comments


WE'RE SAYING IT LOUD
GET TO THE FALCON


This is the single greatest pop punk EP ever, if that's even saying anything.

Digging: Microwave - Stovall

Athom
Staff Reviewer
January 15th 2012



17204 Comments


it's a damn good EP but best pop punk EP ever, surely you jest? have you not heard The Decline, ...Has a Gambling Problem, Shitty Rambo, Jersey's Best Prancers, or For Your Lungs Only.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
January 15th 2012



17204 Comments


especially The Decline.

dimsim3478
January 16th 2012



4885 Comments


- Don't think The Decline is pop punk, but in any case, it's better than this.
- Forgot about For Your Lungs Only. That could definitiely rival this if I was in the moment but I played it out last summer.
- Like this better than the rest (Rambo not as good/feels a little too indie to be fairly compared; that Ergs EP and Gambling Problem sound a little too familiar but are both pretty great).

Fluttertrank
September 15th 2012



17098 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

were all fucked on the inside!



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