Pop Punk-a-Palooza : The Wonder Years and others rock The Fonda

The Wonder Years

Real Friends

Knuckle Puck



Who: The Wonder Years, Real Friends, Knuckle Puck, Mooseblood, Seaway

Where: Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, CA

When: November 6th, 2016

The Wonder Years have been a band for quite some time now, they might be what you would call pop-punk veterans. These veterans are on tour right now with Moose Blood, Seaway, Knuckle Puck and Real Friends. They just made a stop in Los Angeles,CA on November 6th at The Fonda theater and played and sold out the largest LA show of their careers that night as well.

The band released their latest album last year entitled No Closer to Heaven. It’s about losing someone you love. After writing about the same thing on past albums, Dan Campbell, or “Soupy” as he is more commonly known, changed up the subject of his lyrics. If you’re going to compare all of the albums written by The Wonder Years, No Closer To Heaven should be in the top three.

The show included a whopping 19 song set by The Wonder Years filled with greatest hits and some songs that don’t get played that often. They opened the show with the title track for No Closer To Heaven. The intro to the song was a crazy build up of all the instruments, a moment of silence and the right into the song!

One of the best moments of the show effects wise was when they threw out giant balloons into the crowd and they all bounced around for the remainder of the show.

The coolest musical moment, in my opinion, was when “Devil in My Bloodstream” was played. Having never heard The Wonder Years play a song acoustically until this night was what made this song so great. It was different from what is normally played and that made it stick out.

The atmosphere at this show was one to be remembered. Everyone was really excited to be there and to see all these bands in one night. People were moshing, jumping and doing that weird finger pointing that people always do at punk shows. Everyone was stoked to be there hearing all their favorite songs played by their favorite bands.

All good things must come to an end and just like that the show was closed with the classic song “Came Out Swinging” from the album Suburbia. People at pop-punk shows always seem to know all the words to songs and this show was no exception. The crowd sang this song so loud that “Soupy” let them finish it off for the final notes of the show.

  1. No Closer To Heaven
  2. Local Man Ruins Everything
  3. I Don’t Like Who I Was Then
  4. Washington Square Park
  5. Dismantling Summer
  6. Cigarettes & Saints
  7. Brothers &
  8. Cardinals
  9. A Song For Patsy Cline
  10. I Was Scared & I’m Sorry
  11. There There
  12. My Last Semester
  13. Thanks For The Ride
  14. Don’t Let Me Cave In
  15. Madelyn
  16. The Devil In My Bloodstream
  17. Palm Reader
  18. Passing Through A Screen Door
  19. Came Out Swinging

Post and review by Madeline Cronin

Photos by Meg Mindlin

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