The Wonder Years - Live Review: Clwb Ifor Bach, 17.11.13

In the late '70s, people claimed that punk was dead. Some thirty years later in the 2000s, others said pop-punk was dying because bands were selling-out to the charts. The Wonder Years, however, are here to dispel such myths. Pop punk exists, and with these guys and their scene, it's rocking louder than ever.

On the final stop of their UK tour, the American pop-punkers fuelled the predominantely teenage crowd with their latest release The Greatest Generation, mixing in fan favourites from their previous three albums for good happy-emo-tastic measure. 

Triple-threat support came from Neck Deep, Handguns and Real Friends, who literally warmed the crowd up. All that teenage pogoing can't but make the atmosphere a little sweaty! 

If only there were more bands like this around in the UK; there is an empty space here for welcoming, energetic, musically underrated rock. Judging from the electricity in the room and appreciation from the lyric-perfect crowd, The Wonder Years et al are welcome back any time.

Words by Amy Pay

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