Dan “Soupy” Campbell is among a select few who have crafted some of the most iconic songs and records in modern pop punk. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone at the Warped Tour who doesn’t know his name and his band, the Wonder Years, and their accomplishments.
The band – vocalist Campbell, guitarist Matt Brasch, guitarist Casey Cavaliere, drummer Mike Kennedy, bassist Josh Martin and keyboardist/guitarist Nick Steinborn – is, in a word, quintessential. With lyrics that cut to the bone, hooks that grab you and lift you up by your collar, and an intensity that is nigh unmatched, the band has created a fervent and devoted fan base.
If you want to know what pop punk is all about, start here. The albums “The Upsides” and “Suburbia I’ve Given You All and Now I’m Nothing” are staples of the genre, and the band is set to bring the house to the ground Friday in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.) with songs from those releases, as well as its newest album “No Closer to Heaven.”
Also performing are the equally talented, yet hard to pin down letlive, one of the most unique and talented post-hardcore bands today. Frontman Jason Butler is on a list of his own in terms of game changers. With solid young talent in Tiny Moving Parts and Microwave rounding out the show, this moves from the realm of “you should probably go” to one of the must-attend concerts of the month.
Tickets are $19.50 (box office, Ticketfly).