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The Wonder Years - Get Stoked On It!

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The Wonder YearsGet Stoked On It!
Record Label: No Sleep Records
Release Date: October 30, 2007
This review was written by an AP.net staff member.
Take a look around. What do you see?

Half-eaten bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos? Check.
Nun chucks hanging on wall (you know, just in case)? Check.
Telescope facing hot co-eds. Triple check (they’re blondes!).
A general air of debauchery and laziness? Check**

Well then, you’re an idiot. Whoa, whoa, whoa, don’t take that as a put-down. You have not been forgotten this time. You can finally dive into the cesspool of discarded expectations and “you had to be there” stories with a sufficiently boisterous soundtrack. For The Wonder Years have created Get Stoked On It! And Ted saw all that he had influenced, and that it was very good. He tried to tell Bill, but Bill had fallen asleep in the phone booth and was transported back to feudal Japan. Moving on.

The Wonder Years’ sound is very popular right now. Hardcore-influenced pop-punk seems to draw some very distinct battle lines. This is strange to me, especially in reference to a fun-loving record like Get Stoked On It! The Wonder Years could care less about revolutionizing music or what color your New Era hat may be. They just want to know what the hell a land pirate is. And unlike some of their peers, The Wonder Years are a bit more on the pop side of things. Main vocalist, Soupy Campbell, sounds like a mix between Kenny Vasoli (especially on “We Were Giants”) and Jordan Brown (Set Your Goals). His clean vocals are strong, as can be heard on the majority of “What If We [Swam] Into Nothing?,” but when the song gets heavy towards the end, he has no problem leading the gang.

“Let’s Moshcercise!!!” begins with an extended intro complete with zinging synths and sparse, chugging guitars. The whole thing sounds like a Motion City Soundtrack song if they stepped away from the PS3 once in a while. When Campbell comes in and gives his own special workout plan (“We say, yo, lets turn up the bass! / Today, we’ll mosh the pounds away!”), I immediately wish I knew him. Get Stoked On It! has impressed me with a considerable attention to detail. The vocal production sounds clear and rings true (see: “Keystone State Dude-Core”), there is an acoustic foray into apathy (“Racing Trains”) and the lyrics are always fantastic. Fans of the band will recognize “My Geraldine Lies Over The Delaware” from a split with Bangarang!, and the track sort of sticks out. Not in a bad way though, as it is possibly the most diverse song on Get Stoked On It! The track begins with a boinging bass line and semi-screams until the synth-filled chorus comes in and sets up for the most satisfying moment thus far. A HUGE gang chorus screams over a drastically slowed tempo, “And we’ll leave tonight / If you’re OK to drive. / We’ll leave this place behind / Thank God we don’t live here all the time!”

The Wonder Years have it. They blend genres without playing favorites and are poised to win scores of new fans with Get Stoked On It! “When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong” confronts the slacker generation in a language they can understand: “I got these friends, that hate their fucking lives / I guess that’s what inactivity does to the mind / So I stay busy day and night / I don’t have time to complain.” Amongst all the pop culture jokes and catchy breakdowns, there is a message here. Maybe that’s why I like The Wonder Years so much. Their ability to cut down the “plight” of the middle class (har dee har har) with self-consciousness and humor speaks volumes to me. These guys have crafted an intelligent and exhilarating ride through growing up. As the song fades out and The Wonder Years scream, “We know that everything is going to be OK,” I’m inclined to believe them. That’s more than I can say about most of the authority figures in my life (I’m sooooo misunderstood). And whether you think this sound is already stale or not, The Wonder Years are a wonderful addition to any music fan’s library (who are you kidding?).

**Equal chance of being dirty laundry


Recommended If You Like: Four Year Strong, Set Your Goals, this gentleman, Bangarang!, this strapping lad, Cheez-Its


We don't cut rugs.www.myspace.com/thewonderyearspa
 
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06:40 PM on 09/19/07
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Blake, you are the fucking man. This is a stellar review.

The Wonder Years > Four Year Strong.
06:48 PM on 09/19/07
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Awesome review Blake, but you already know I like your reviews haha. Keep up the awesome work
06:52 PM on 09/19/07
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hahaha, this album art is killer! That, combined with your review, make me wanna check these guys out.
07:35 PM on 09/19/07
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album is quite good when they don't abuse screaming and gang vocals. unfortunately, they do that way too often, and i probably won't listen to this again because of it... it really turns me off for some reason. screaming doesn't fit in, and gang vocals are just too prominent.

if i want this sound i'll stick to Daggermouth, Set Your Goals, and Living With Lions (who I only recently discovered, and we'll see how long that lasts).

also, blake, the image you hotlinked is missing the 'g' in 'jpg.' great review, though.
08:00 PM on 09/19/07
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album is quite good when they don't abuse screaming and gang vocals. unfortunately, they do that way too often, and i probably won't listen to this again because of it... it really turns me off for some reason. screaming doesn't fit in, and gang vocals are just too prominent.

if i want this sound i'll stick to Daggermouth, Set Your Goals, and Living With Lions (who I only recently discovered, and we'll see how long that lasts).

also, blake, the image you hotlinked is missing the 'g' in 'jpg.' great review, though.



thanks for the heads-up! Appreciate the kind words, and while I love the gang vocals (obv.), I see your points. This one is probably going to be (much like FYS) a love it or hate it type of thing. I enjoy the sound for what it is, but even more, i enjoy the aura that surrounds this release with its jokes and playful feel (or whatever, themes, if you will). It took me a bit to catch on, but once it clicked, i couldn't stop listening. And I haven't stopped for nearly a month now.
08:17 PM on 09/19/07
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thanks for the heads-up! Appreciate the kind words, and while I love the gang vocals (obv.), I see your points. This one is probably going to be (much like FYS) a love it or hate it type of thing. I enjoy the sound for what it is, but even more, i enjoy the aura that surrounds this release with its jokes and playful feel (or whatever, themes, if you will). It took me a bit to catch on, but once it clicked, i couldn't stop listening. And I haven't stopped for nearly a month now.
i don't like FYS either, so maybe that's it. i normally love fun and playful humorous albums, and i definitely enjoy gang vocals, but i don't know.... wasn't feeling this.

i think gang vocals are like cheesecake, where it's delicious in small doses but i have a threshold and if you keep force feeding it to me i'm bound to vomit. although i'm not sure if its even frequency of gang vocals or just the way they come off on the album. and the screaming is definitely the worst part... can't stand that.
09:29 AM on 09/20/07
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recently checked these guys out. i like them.

cheezits, cheezits, cheezits!
09:44 AM on 09/20/07
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thanks for the heads-up! Appreciate the kind words, and while I love the gang vocals (obv.), I see your points. This one is probably going to be (much like FYS) a love it or hate it type of thing. I enjoy the sound for what it is, but even more, i enjoy the aura that surrounds this release with its jokes and playful feel (or whatever, themes, if you will). It took me a bit to catch on, but once it clicked, i couldn't stop listening. And I haven't stopped for nearly a month now.

Is Buzz Aldrin on the album? That was my favourite song from the split ep with Bangarang.
09:46 AM on 09/20/07
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Is Buzz Aldrin on the album? That was my favourite song from the split ep with Bangarang.


yeah it is. I'm meh on that song, though.
09:50 AM on 09/20/07
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i used to love their old song Super Bowl Sunday (it might have been called something else, but the main refrain involved the phrase Super Bowl Sunday)
10:02 AM on 09/20/07
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The Wonder Years > Four Year Strong.

nah, they aren't bad, but not FYS level

of course this is my opinion
10:32 AM on 09/20/07
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Love the cd... wish the production was better.
11:04 AM on 09/20/07
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Love this CD, I cant wait to pick up a real copy.
11:27 AM on 09/20/07
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i love these guys.

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