The Wonder Years

By:  Elizabeth Wiltshire

As all good things must end, the Wonder Years’ Sister Cities tour has come to a close.  With support from Worriers, Tiny Moving Parts, and Tiger’s Jaw, the Wonder Years headlined an incredibly successful tour to celebrate the release of their newest album, Sister Cities.  On June 7th, I was fortunate enough to catch this killer lineup out in Worcester, MA, on one of the last shows of the tour.

Worriers, a melodic punk band from Brooklyn, warmed the crowd up with a brief but energetic set. Songs such as “They/Them/Theirs” and “No More Bad News” appeared to be crowd favorites, despite being a new band to a majority of the audience. Luckily for Massachusetts, we’ll be seeing Worriers again soon when they open up for the Gaslight Anthem at the House of Blues later this summer.

If Worriers’s warmed up the crowd, Tiny Moving Parts’s set them on fire. As soon as guitarist Dylan Mattheisen took the stage, the moshing began. The trio from Minnesota maintained a strong energy and stage presence throughout the entirety of their set. “Always Focused” and “Caution”, two of TMP’s most popular songs, had every person in the venue at least banging their head, regardless of their familiarity with the band.

The final opener was Tiger’s Jaw, who never fails to exceed expectations. Strong lighting compared with smooth vocals made the performance stand out. The band opened their set with “Plane vs. Tank vs. Submarine,” and hearing every person in the venue sing “Lie to me, like you used to,” was surreal. Other favorites such as “June” and “Window” had the crowd smiling and getting increasingly excited for The Wonder Years.

The Wonder Years are incredible performers, and this show was no exception. The set started off with “Pyramids of Salt” followed by “I Don’t Like Who I Was Then.” Dan Campbell, known as “Soupy” to TWY fans, was high-energy, engaging, and entertaining from the first note of the opening song to the final chord of the closer, “Cigarettes & Saints.”

Although the tour is over, you can catch The Wonder Years playing Riot Fest on June 14-16 in Chicago! Don’t miss out on the chance to see these talented pop-punk rockers.  

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