The Wonder Years
#278 – July 2011
THE WONDER YEARS
The flag for the next generation of earnest pop-punk has been jammed into the soil of Eastern Pennsylvania, and these DIY-or-death upstarts are leading the charge.
CLASS REUNION: THE 10 MOST INFLUENTIAL ALBUMS OF 2001
Calendars don’t have rewind switches. That’s good, because we’ve all had moments in our lives we never want to repeat. But great music is timeless and worthy of repeated listens. That’s why we’ve revisited some of 2001’s most amazing records by catching up with members of ALKALINE TRIO, AMERICAN NIGHTMARE, CONVERGE, JIMMY EAT WORLD, SAVES THE DAY, THURSDAY and others about their ever-resonating contributions to the underground-music canon.
FALLING IN REVERSE
In his short time on the planet, Ronnie Radke has faced death, jail and rock ’n’ roll. With a new band, a new album and a new outlook, the singer is out to survive and thrive.
THE SUMMER SET
For their second album, the Arizona-based pop band continued to grow as musicians, songwriters and people. If they expanded anymore, they’d explode out of their clothes like the Hulk.
THE WORD ALIVE
How many bands’ trajectories have been affected by demanding girlfriends? We don’t know exactly, but we are aware of one near-miss…
SET YOUR GOALS
A tumultuous 2010 and an inescapable reality check have forced the popcore sextet to re-evaluate everything.
PORTUGAL. THE MAN
At various junctures in the past two years, the Alaska contingent second-guessed their abilities, fought with their A-list producer and became cynical toward their new label. And the record still rocks.
OP-ED: HOSTAGE CALM frontman CHRIS MARTIN
Featuring advice and inside information from BALANCE AND COMPOSURE, TERRIBLE THINGS, DRIVE A and more.
With THE ROSEBUDS
HEARTSOUNDS, ICEAGE, AFICIONADO and more.
We’re waxing poetic and dropping science on the new efforts by EVERY AVENUE, MARIACHI EL BRONX, RETOX, BOMB THE MUSIC INDUSTRY!, THE RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS, BLACK TIDE, BRAID, CHIMAIRA, FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE, NEKROMANTIX, SAINTHOOD REPS, JIM WARD, THE COPYRIGHTS, BURY YOUR DEAD, TRIVIUM and more.
Before FUELED BY RAMEN became the powerhouse label it is today, the imprint issued some bona fide scene gems that fell under the radar.