Label: Hopeless Records
Released: 23rd September 2022
Dealing with the world and all that comes with it has been an integral part of The Wonder Years’ draw. On ‘The Hum Goes On Forever’, they’re dealing with parenthood.
Chucking all of their prowess into reckoning with needing to survive simply because you must, it’s this sense of urgency that emits like a solar flare through vocalist Dan ‘Soupy’ Campbell’s howls. While this sense of growing up to the point of needing to be responsible for another life form could potentially change the trajectory of The Wonder Years, ‘The Hum…’ is still chock-full of brash melodies powering through the internal inner-angst.
The likes of ‘Wyatt’s Song (Your Name)’ rouse anthemically, while ‘Summer Clothes’ strips away the urgency for moments of poignant reflection. It sees the six-piece hone in on the most integral aspect of being a band: understanding their people. ■ Steven Loftin