Originally released in 2010, ‘The Upsides’, the debut full length from Philadelphia pop punk legends The Wonder Years, is considered one of the best pop punk albums of the 2010’s. After years of being out of print, the fan favourite coming of age album for The Wonder Years is finally available again on vinyl. ‘The Upsides’ saw the band at a crossroads – shedding the synth pop sound that characterized their early work, they embraced a more lyrically driven, storytelling, name dropping, relatable sound that moved toward pop punk with feelings while maintaining the strong DIY work ethic of the punk / hardcore scene.
Culminating in marquee events, like playing three shows in 24hours across the country for their album release, and touring with scene heavyweights like New Found Glory and Set Your Goals, The Wonder Years built a reputation for big ideas and creative marketing.
Fast forward to 2021, 11 years after the band released the album that would change their lives, the band would play a global anniversary tour celebrating ‘The Upsides’ and prove to the world that you don’t have to be defeated at 23 – life is worth fighting back for.