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The Wonder Years makes local stop for in-store acoustic show

By Austin Vicars
Arts and Entertainment Editor

The Wonder Years play an intimate show at Dearborn Music on Sept. 1 before the release of their latest album “No Closer To Heaven” Photo by: Austin Vicars

The Wonder Years play an intimate show at Dearborn Music on Sept. 1 before the release of their latest album “No Closer To Heaven”
Photo by: Austin Vicars

The Wonder Years have never been a band afraid to try new things. The band released their fifth studio album “No Closer To Heaven” on Sept. 4 via Hopeless Records. In order to help promote their new album and support local music, The Wonder Years are traveling the country performing acoustic shows at fourteen record stores.

On Sept. 1, the band made a Michigan stop at Dearborn Music in Dearborn, Michigan to put on a show and signing for fans. This was their fifth stop on their cross-country promotional tour. The band played a six-song acoustic set in the store featuring songs new and old. The small record store made for a very intimate and personal show as some sat in arms reach of the band.

“It’s really down to earth that a band can get really close to their fans, also it shows that there’s a lot of people that are willing to shop locally and support local businesses.” said Dearborn Music co-owner Rick Leannais. The event was limited and only 300 albums were available for pre-sale purchase. Fans who received a wristband and poster were guaranteed a spot for the performance and signing.

After the band concluded their six-song set, fans lined up for autographs and to talk to the band. “We think it’s a cooler way to come out and meet people and tell them how much we love the record,” said singer Dan “Soupy” Campbell after the Dearborn show.

Schoolcraft student and Wonder Years fan William Querseld expressed how much band member Campbell cares about their fans. “Good show, showed how much appreciation he (Campbell) has for the fans.”

The band’s new album “No Closer To Heaven” was set to release Sept. 4. After three impressive singles in “Cardinals,” “Cigarettes & Saints” and “I Don’t Like Who I Was Then,” the record is riding a lot of momentum into the Friday release. “What we try to do with every record is take every aspect of what our band is and push it outwards another step. We try to play with time signatures, key signatures, different melodies, different structures, and different instruments. It’s just taking what makes us us and pushing those boundaries,” said Campbell.

The Wonder Years have an upcoming tour in support of their new record with Motion City Soundtrack, State Champs and You Blew It! this fall. The tour stops at the legendary Fillmore in Detroit on Oct. 23 and is bound to be a great time. Since playing Warped Tour this summer The Wonder Years have been picking up steam and on Sept. 4 the world will get to experience just what this band is made of.