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THE WONDER YEARS To Release New Album The Greatest Generation on May 14th!

1051Spring Headlining Tour w/Fireworks, Hostage Calm, & Misser!

Will Appear on 2013 Vans Warped Tour Main Stage

Chosen As One Of Alternative Press Magazine’s Most Anticipated Albums of 2013

Philadelphia, PA – March 6, 2013 – The Wonder Years will be releasing their new album, The Greatest Generation, via Hopeless Records on May 14th, 2013. The album was produced and engineered by Steve Evetts (Saves the Day, Lifetime, Every Time I Die), and mixed by Mark Trombino (Jimmy Eat World, Blink-182, Motion City Soundtrack). The band will appear on the entire 2013 Vans Warped Tour Main Stage, as well as heading out on their Spring headliner tour with Fireworks, Hostage Calm, and Misser, kicking off on March 8th in Asbury Park, NJ. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit: www.TheWonderYearsBand.com.

Consisting of Dan “Soupy” Campbell (lead singer), Casey Cavaliere (guitarist), Matt Brasch (guitarist), Nick Steinborn (keyboardist/guitarist), Joshua Martin (bassist), and Michael Kennedy (drummer), The Wonder Years are a band that started as something of a joke and grew to become recognized around the country, courtesy of a sloppy debut LP that flicked some sort of switch. Releasing The Upsides in January 2010, a complete departure from The Years’ early work, was just the beginning of an ongoing avalanche of momentum that has led the Philadelphia sextet to the forefront of the pop-punk community.

Engaging musicianship and intimate, instantly relatable lyricism made The Wonder Years a critical darling even before hordes of fans began to take notice. But it didn’t take long for everyone to jump on board. Signing to Hopeless Records with their brand of “realist pop-punk” and re-releasing The Upsides with bonus tracks brought about new buzz, and the release of the sprawling, 13-track concept record Suburbia I’ve Given You All and Now I’m Nothing in June of 2011 confirmed what many thought: The Wonder Years were for real.

Playing shows in basements, backyards and VFW halls the country over in its early years, the band had a DIY mentality long before it broke through to a larger audience. “The idea was that, for a long time, no one wanted to work with The Wonder Years so we said fuck it, we’ll do it ourselves,” Campbell says. “We didn’t need anyone else. We weren’t looking for charity. We were just going to cowboy up and fucking do it.”

The Wonder Years graced the cover of Alternative Press, played an entire summer on the Vans Warped Tour, and supported New Found Glory on the Pop Punk’s Not Dead Tour to close out 2011. They opened 2012 in a huge way, with the Glamour Kills Tour, which Campbell called the band’s “first big-boy headliner.” Leading Polar Bear Club, Transit, The Story So Far, A Loss for Words, and Into It. Over It. across the country for six weeks of sold-out shows proved that The Wonder Years are still growing, still making new friends, and breaking new boundaries.

Now, with the bands new release, The Greatest Generation, we will get to see what The Wonder Years have in store for us in 2013. The band tells us, “We know that this is unequivocally our strongest, most honest and most heartfelt work to date. We can’t wait to show everyone what we have in store for this release.”

The Wonder Years will release The Greatest Generation via Hopeless Records on May 14th, 2013. For track listing and tour dates, see below.

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Track Listing:
1. There, There
2. Passing Through A Screen Door
3. We Could Die Like This
4. Dismantling Summer
5. The Bastards, The Vultures, The Wolves
6. The Devil in My Bloodstream
7. Teenage Parents
8. Chaser
9. An American Religion (FSF)
10. A Raindance In Traffic
11. Madelyn
12. Cul-de-sacs
13. I Just Want To Sell Out My Funeral

Headliner Tour Dates:
w/Fireworks, Hostage Calm, and Misser
3/8 The Stony Pony Asbury, Park, NJ – SOLD OUT
3/9 The Met Cafe Pawtucket, RI – SOLD OUT
3/10 Upstate Concert Hall Clifton Park, NY
3/12 A&R Music Bar Columbus, OH
3/13 The Irving Theater Indianapolis, IN
3/14 The Pyramid Scheme Grand Rapids, MI – SOLD OUT
3/15 Turner Hall Milwaukee, WI
3/16 Fitz’ Spare Keys Elmhurt, IL – SOLD OUT
3/18 The Aquarium Fargo, ND
3/19 Sokol Underground Omaha, NE
3/20 Firebird St. Louis, MO
3/21 Downtown Music Hall Little Rock, AR
3/22 Zydeco Birmingham, AL
3/23 Roc Bar Jacksonville, FL
3/25 The Soapbox Laundrolounge Wilmington, NC
3/26 Kingdom Richmond, VA
3/27 Empire West Springfield, VA
3/29 Harmony Grange Wilmington, DE – SOLD OUT




January 25- With Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, Hopeless Records is excited to announce the second installment of the “Love Is Hopeless” Valentines Compilation! This year the compilation features songs from your favorite Hopeless Records artists including: The Used, Yellowcard, The Wonder Years, Enter Shikari, The Dangerous Summer, Silverstein and many more.

The compilation is only available on the official Hopeless Records Facebook page. Download it here: www.facebook.com/hopelessrecords

With love, here are 13 tracks to make your Valentine’s Day one to remember.

Check out track listing below:
1. “Sing For Me” – Yellowcard from When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes
2. “Exits and Entrances” – We Are The In Crowd from Best Intentions
3. “Hoodie Weather” – The Wonder Years from Suburbia I’ve Given You All And Now I’m Nothing
4. “Sssnakepit” – Enter Shikari from A Flash Flood Of Colour
5. “I Come Alive” – The Used from Vulnerable
6. “Forget Your Heart” – Silverstein from Rescue
7. “Siren” – The Dangerous Summer from War Paint
8. “Face To Face” – Divided By Friday from Prove It EP
9. “The Joyride” – There For Tomorrow from The Verge
10. “Dead” – Samiam from Trips
11. “Let My Love” – Damion Suomi & The Minor Prophets from Go, And Sell All Of Your Things
12. “Useless” – Anarbor from The Words You Don’t Swallow
13. “Some Things” – For The Foxes



The Wonder Years To Headline The Glamour Kills Tour

Glamour Kills is proud to announce The Wonder Years as the spring 2012 Glamour Kills Tour headliners. This third annual tour will consist of 35 dates across the US and Canada, along with a fully packed line up of our favorite up and coming bands. The full tour line up and ticket information will be announced throughout this week.

Past line ups for The Glamour Kills Tour have included bands such as All Time Low, We Are The In Crowd, and The Ready Set. “I am beyond stoked to have The Wonder Years playing our tour this year, I have had the pleasure of getting to know these kids over the past year and they have revived my faith in the future of music with honesty and hard work,” says owner Mark Capicotto. “I haven’t been this excited for a tour package in a very long time and am honored that its the GK tour.”

Keep checking back at TheGlamourKillsTour.Com each day at 2pm EST as we unveil a new support band!

Tour Dates:
3/9 Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA
3/10 The Gramercy Theatre -New York, NY
3/12 Middle East Downstairs – Cambridge, MA
3/13 Ritual – Ottawa, ON
3/14 Annex Wreckroom – Toronto, ON
3/15 Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
3/16 Peabody’s Down Under – Cleveland, OH
3/17 The Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
3/18 Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN
3/20 The Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO
3/21 Club Sound – Salt Lake City, UT
3/23 The Venue – Boise, ID
3/24 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
3/25 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
3/27 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
3/28 The Troubadour – West Hollywood, CA
3/29 The Glass House – Pomona, CA
3/30 Soma Sidestage – San Diego, CA
4/1 Nile Theatre – Mesa, AZ
4/3 Trees – Dallas TX
4/4 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
4/5 Antones – Austin, TX
4/6 The Studio @ Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
4/7 Downtown Music – Little Rock, AR
4/8 Rockettown – Nashville, TN
4/10 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
4/11 Rocketown – Pompano Beach, FL
4/12 The Social – Orlando, FL
4/13 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
4/14 New Brookland Tavern -Columbia, SC
4/15 The Soapbox Laundrolounge -Wilmington, NC
4/16 The Canal Club – Richmond, VA
4/17 The Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
4/18 Madison Theatre – Covington, KY
4/20 Theatre of Living Arts -Philadelphia, PA


Full Lineup for Pop Punk’s Not Dead Tour Announced: New Found Glory, Set Your Goals, The Wonder Years, Man Overboard and This Time Next Year

Full Lineup For Pop Punk’s Not Dead Tour Announced: New Found Glory, Set Your Goals, The Wonder Years, Man Overboard and This Time Next Year;

Man Overboard Will Be Out in Support of Their Long-Awaited Rise Records Debut Full-Length Out Sept 27

Man Overboard will be touring the United States this fall on the Pop Punk’s Not Dead Tour along side New Found Glory, Set Your Goals, The Wonder Years and This Time Next Year. The tour will start October 6th, hot on the heels of the release of the band’s self-titled debut for Rise Records, hitting stores on September 27th. Man Overboard’s self-titled album was produced by Steve Klein and will feature 12 new songs. Pre-orders and a new track will be coming very soon.

Pop Punk’s Not Dead Tour dates featuring New Found Glory, Set Your Goals, The Wonder Years, Man Overboard and This Time Next Year

Oct. 6 – Santa Cruz , CA @ The Catalyst
Oct. 7 – Los Angeles , CA @ House of Blues
Oct. 8 – Tempe , AZ @ The Marquee
Oct. 10 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
Oct. 11 – Austin , TX @ Emo’s
Oct. 12 – Houston , TX @ Fitzgerald’s
Oct. 14 – Atlanta , GA @ The Masquerade
Oct. 15 – Orlando , FL @ House of Blues
Oct. 16 – Ft. Lauderdale , FL @ Revolution
Oct. 17 – St. Petersburg , FL @ Jannus Live
Oct. 19 – Charleston , SC @ The Music Farm
Oct. 20 – Charlotte , NC @ Amos’ Southend Music Hall
Oct. 21 – Richmond , VA @ The National
Oct. 22 – Philadelphia , PA @ Electric Factory
Oct. 23 – Baltimore , MD @ Rams Head Live
Oct. 25 – Buffalo , NY @ Town Ballroom
Oct. 26 – Syracuse , NY @ Lost Horizon
Oct. 27 – Boston , MA @ House of Blues
Oct. 28 – New York @ Best Buy Theatre Times Square
Oct. 29 – Sayreville , NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Oct. 31 – Pittsburgh , PA @ Club Zoo
Nov. 1 – Cleveland , OH @ House of Blues Cleveland
Nov. 3 – Royal Oak , MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
Nov. 4 – Chicago , IL @ House of Blues
Nov. 5 – St. Paul , MN @ Station 4
Nov. 6 – Iowa City , IA @ The Blue Moose Tap House
Nov. 8 – St. Louis , MO @ The Pageant
Nov. 9 – Kansas City , MO @ Midland Theatre
Nov. 10 – Denver , CO @ Odgen Theatre
Nov. 11 – Salt Lake City , UT @ The Grand @ The Complex
Nov. 13 – Seattle , WA @ The Showbox @ The Market
Nov. 14 – Portland , OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Nov. 16 – San Francisco , CA @ The Regency Ballroom
Nov. 17 – Anaheim , CA @ House of Blues
Nov. 18 – Anaheim , CA @ House of Blues
Nov. 19 – Las Vegas , NV @ Hard Rock Cafe
Nov. 20 – San Diego , CA @ House of Blues San Diego



August 15- Hopeless Records is excited to announce that The Wonder Years will be joining pop punk heavy weights New Found Glory on their upcoming Pop Punk’s Not Dead tour which kicks off October 6th in Santa Cruz, CA.

The tour also features Set Your Goals, This Time Next Year and Man Overboard!

The Wonder Years newest record Suburbia I’ve Given You All And Now I’m Nothing is now on sale on iTunes for $7.99: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/suburbia-ive-given-you-all/id437917996

Oct. 6 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst
Oct. 7 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
Oct. 8 Tempe, AZ The Marquee
Oct. 10 Dallas, TX Trees
Oct. 11 Austin, TX Emo’s
Oct. 12 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s
Oct. 14 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
Oct. 15 Orlando, FL House of Blues
Oct. 16 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
Oct. 17 St. Petersburg, FL Jannus Live
Oct. 19 Charleston, SC The Music Farm
Oct. 20 Charlotte, NC Amos’ Southend Music Hall
Oct. 21 Richmond, VA The National
Oct. 22 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
Oct. 23 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live
Oct. 25 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom
Oct. 26 Syracuse, NY Lost Horizon
Oct. 27 Boston, MA House of Blues
Oct. 28 New York Best Buy Theatre Times Square
Oct. 29 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
Oct. 31 Pittsburgh, PA Club Zoo
Nov. 1 Cleveland, OH House of Blues Cleveland
Nov. 3 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
Nov. 4 Chicago, IL House of Blues
Nov. 5 St. Paul, MN Station 4
Nov. 6 Iowa City, IA The Blue Moose Tap House
Nov. 8 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
Nov. 9 Kansas City, MO Midland Theatre
Nov. 10 Denver, CO Odgen Theatre
Nov. 11 Salt Lake City, UT The Grand @ The Complex
Nov. 13 Seattle, WA The Showbox @ The Market
Nov. 14 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
Nov. 16 San Francisco, CA The Regency Ballroom
Nov. 17 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
Nov. 18 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
Nov. 19 Las Vegas, NV Hard Rock Cafe
Nov. 20 San Diego, CA House of Blues San Diego




VANS WARPED TOUR 2011, Cricket Amphitheatre, San Diego, CA, August 9th, 2011

It was the great summer heat wave all across the country – where Warped Tour went, the heat was also present, greeting the bands and the crowds spiraling well over 100 degrees.  A relief from it all finally arrived in the city of San Diego, California, where Warped Tour 2011 would kick off its final week on the road.

It had been over a month since Warped had been in the area, and now towards the end of the tour, while everything was beginning to wind down, there was still celebration and good times to be had. Here are the bands we reviewed at the San Diego date…


Those who made their way to the Tilly’s AP Stage were in for a euphoric hard rockin’ surprise. Based out of Silver Spring, MD, Lionize put on an explosive set of time traveling tunes reminiscent of such greats as Led Zeppelin, Steel Pulse, and anything else from the 70’s when music was truly inspiring and original. The musicianship is within Lionize is beyond superb, as the band brought a sense of timelessness and some super groovin’ tunes to the Warped crowd. Especially impressive with the grand retro keyboard sounds that sent the entire Warped crowd spinning into another dimension. Hope some of you were able to catch the musical roar of Lionize at Warped this summer, because they were arguably the best damn rock and roll band on the tour. Their current album Destruction Manual is now available from the folks at Hardline Entertainment.


An unsigned band based out of San Antonio, Texas who made their way to San Diego for a single Warped Tour is Not So Lucky. An interesting moniker for a band who seem headed well on their way to the big time. Not So Lucky performed a super catchy brand of pop punk and easily won the over the San Diego attendees who stopped by the Kia Kevin Says to check them out. Performing songs from their self-released EP Questions and Answers, top tracks in their set included the memorable Haylie, a brand new song entitled Something Great, and their rousing rendition of the Jay Sean song Down. Not So Lucky was playing as a three piece, yet retained their sense of fun and excitement. Only at Warped Tour could an unsigned band from out of town such as Not So Lucky be given a random slot – and Not So Lucky should be commended for a lively show filled with wonderfully infectious tunes.


On Warped Tour, this is surely turning out to be an epic summer for Of Mice And Men. The crowds have become so enormous in size for their sets, don’t be surprised to find these guys graduating to the Main Stage next year. Especially notable has been the return of their founding lead vocalist Austin Carlile, who delivered a super impassioned performance – he really put his heart into the material and the audience response was just as thunderous. Some of the fantastic tunes in the set included Farewell To Shady Glade and They Don’t Call It The South For Nothing as well as many new songs from their new Rise Records album entitled The Flood. Of Mice And Men are sure to be one of the band’s most remembered when people refer to the breakout acts of Vans Warped Tour 2011.


What Southern California Warped Tour experience would be complete without an appearance by the legendary Lee Ving and his band Fear! Kicking off with the punk rock anthem of all time I Love Living In The City on the Kia Kevin Says Stage, it was a classic circle pit in overdrive as Fear plunged headfirst into their set. Yes the playing was a bit sloppy, but the sharp Lee Ving wit was still ferociously intact. The grand old tunes never let up, with songs such as F*ck You Let’s Rodeo and Have A Beer With Fear really riling up the Warped crowd who were looking for some old school punk rock action. What a treat it is to see Lee Ving and Fear assaulting Warped Tour each and every year with memorable sets and brilliantly random onstage banter. Long live the great and wondrous Fear – and here’s hoping we are graced with some new music soon!


The Wonder Years is another up and coming band who are delivering triumphant sets at the Warped Tour on the Nintendo 3DS Stage and gaining a huge following in the process. Presenting a show filled with positive, inspiring songs, The Wonder Years performed with an intense passion and the crowd response was just as tremendous. Suburbia I’ve Given You All and Now I’m Nothing (released on Hopeless Records) has been the album of the summer for many, and the songs from the recently released effort were certainly powerful when performed live. There was a good amount of crowd surfing and jumping up and down to be witnessed, as the audience sang along to each and every song.  It is good to see such a hardworking, dedicated band finally receiving the attention and accolades they deserve. Judging by the sheer numbers gathered around the stage and beyond, one can only expect to see The Wonder Years as one of the big headliners next year.


There was a major sense of disappointment and disbelief when Jim Lindberg left Pennywise after over 20 years with the band. Older fans have only to rejoice, because The Black Pacific retains a sense of urgency and melody that made Pennywise so hugely popular. The Black Pacific performed a mid-afternoon set at Warped Tour San Diego on the Tilly’s AP Stage, and clearly won over many in the crowd with their glorious punk rock anthems. Songs such as Put Down Your Weapons, When It’s Over and The System are classics in the making, and in their live shows, The Black Pacific performs with an intensity that is absolutely exhilarating. Bands like The Black Pacific bring the early years of Warped Tour back with a vengeance when punk rock ruled the fest! A definite triumph for Jim Lindberg and The Black Pacific!  Do whatever you can to see this band live!  By the way, The Black Pacific’s cover of the Jawbreaker classic Boxcar was outstanding!


Back to the Nintendo 3DS Stage to check out Every Avenue from Marysville, Michigan. Performing a rock solid brand of melodic punk, Every Avenue definitely had something for everyone in their lively set. With instantly memorable songs and top-notch vocals, the band has grown tremendously and has gained quite a fan following. Performing tracks from their brand spanking new Bad Habits release on Fearless Records as well as a few older cuts, the audience was singing along and really enjoyed the refreshing songs that fit in perfectly with the sunny San Diego afternoon. Crowd favorites included Whatever Happened To You, A Story To Tell Your Friends, and No One But You. Possessing the right amount of edginess along with a keen knack for writing thoroughly infectious melodies, Every Avenue deliver the goods with skilled precision live and are well worth checking out. The former headliners of the Rock Yourself To Sleep Tour will hopefully be back in the Southland soon to thrill the sunburnt masses again with their fantastic tunes!


Speaking of the Rock Yourself To Sleep Tour, another headliner from the Motel 6 extravaganza We Came As Romans took to the Advent Stage very late in the day. I remember seeing this band a few years ago at the Cobalt Café, and since then, We Came As Romans has become a force to be reckoned with. Performing songs from their breakout album To Plant A Seed as well as previewing cuts from the forthcoming Understanding What We’ve Grown To Be, WCAR unleashed a tremendously powerful set. The combination of clean and screamed vocals was particularly effective, and the entire band has grown tremendously tight with all of the relentless touring they now have on their resume. Impressive cuts from their live show included Intentions, Mis//understanding, and To Plant A Seed. Not one to rest of their laurels, expect heavy touring and an even larger fan base once their new Equal Vision album is released.


Interviews conducted today were The Devil Wears Prada, The Word Alive, and We Came As Romans – all coming soon to Highwire Daze Online!

And thus ended our day in San Diego at the Cricket Amphitheatre. It was now on to Carson for the final Southern California Warped Tour date of 2011. No rest for the wicked to be sure…

(Reviews and Photos by Kenneth Morton)

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The Wonder Years: Checking in from Warped Tour Pomona

The Wonder Years are currently touring across the country on this year’s edition of the Warped Tour, packing wildly enthusiastic crowds in on The Nintendo Six Stage.  Performing songs from their just released Suburbia: I’ve Given You All and Now I’m Nothing on Hopeless Records as well as other crowd favorites, The Wonder Years are definitely gaining a good deal of attention well beyond their hometown of Lansdale, PA.

We caught up with Dan “Soupy” Campbell at the Pomona Warped date to find out how the tour has been going, their new album, past tours with New Found Glory, and an upcoming UK tour with their friends in Such Gold.  Read on…

Introduce yourself and tell me what you do in The Wonder Years.
My name is Dan and I sing in The Wonder Years.

How has Warped Tour been going so far and what have been some of the highlights?
Well first, it’s a lot of work – all day, every day. The highlight for me every day is getting to play our set. And whenever we get to watch one of our friends play – it’s awesome – because it’s a rarity on this tour where our set times align the right way and our signings align the right way and our press aligns the right way – that I could actually have a hour to go watch bands. Hellogoodbye has been incredible everyday, so I try to make it out to see them as much as I can.

Have you played real early yet?
We played at 12:30 one day.

How did it go?
It’s difficult, because my voice is not ready yet. No matter what you do to try to warm it up, it doesn’t really get there.

So far, the dates have been pretty hot. How do you prepare yourself to play in heat like this?
You don’t. You just deal with. There’s no preparation. You drink a lot of water – you put on sunscreen – you hope for the best. You almost vomit – you stop jumping around as much when you are onstage. Take a couple minutes and you jump around a lot – you almost vomit again – you take a couple of minutes. It’s brutal! You try to keep the sweat out of your eyes. But it’s worth it! You do it, you come out here, and you’re part of the Warped Tour.

How surprised are you by the success that your band has achieved in just the past year alone?
I don’t know. It’s a weird question to ask, because we put a lot of work into it, so it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. It’s not like we’re sitting on our asses waiting for something to happen and it just happens. We’re out there grinding on it every single day. Even when we’re home, it’s 12-hour days worth of emails and errands and phone calls and everything to make sure that we’re doing the right thing at the right time. There’s been a lot of planning – a lot of effort put into this last year for us. But at the same time, we appreciate the shit out of the fact that people care about our band. For being a band that works as hard as we do – and has played in as many basements and churches and shitty tours where no one comes to the shows – to get to this level is really important for us. It’s kind of a nice reminder of why we did it for so long.

Is there any concept behind the CD title Suburbia: I’ve Given You All and Now I’m Nothing?
It’s a line from Allen Ginsberg. The first line of America by Ginsberg is “America: I’ve Given You All and Now I’m Nothing” – and I felt like the poem and the record had a lot of similar tendencies – kind of question social norms. He’s doing it on a large scale of America. I’m doing it more on a localized scale of the place we grew up. So instead of America, it’s ‘Suburbia: I’ve Given You All and Now I’m Nothing.’

Where did you grow up?
We grew up in Lansdale, Pennsylvania – it’s a suburb of Northwest Philadelphia.

What was it like touring with New Found Glory and were they cool to hang out with?
New Found Glory are amazing guys! We did a tour with them last year. For us, it was kind of a dream come true, because they’re a band that I’ve loved for a very long time. Not only did we go on tour with them, but they hung out with us and treated us as equals, which was amazing! And they let me come up and sing Third And Long and it was crazy for me. That was cool! They’re great guys!

Have you heard from any of the members of Such Gold since they had to pull off of your previous tour?
Yeah, they’re actually really good friends of ours. We’re doing another tour with them in September in the UK. Their drummer filled in for us for three months – he came on tour with us and played drums. They’re some of our very good friends and they are a very talented band. They’ve got some big things coming up. Ben’s feeling much better – he recovered very quickly and that band is going to be very big this year.  (Editors Note:  For the background on this story, please go to our Such Gold News Item at http://highwiredaze.com/suchgoldnews1)

And so what are your plans after Warped Tour is all over.
The next thing we have is going to England with Valencia and Such Gold, which I’m really excited about. It’s our first “proper” headliner over there, even though we’ve done four. But it’s the first one where there was like an agent that booked it. And we’re bringing over other bands from America. So I’m excited about it. We’re playing “real rooms” instead of little bars and basements. It’s gonna be cool.

Well the bars and basements can be fun sometimes…
They can be, but this is our chance to prove that we’re more than a bar and basement band, you know what I mean? We’re going to step it up!

Do you have any messages for your fans out here in the Los Angeles area?
We are here today in Pomona and then in the Ventura area. Warped Tour comes back through in August and does So Cal again. We love Southern California – we lived here for a month before the record and every time we’re here, we’re really happy. So I’m excited to come back out for the rest of Warped Tour and to play here again. I hope to see people at those shows – and we’ll be back out in the fall on a secret tour. And we’ll announce that soon…

(Review and Photo by Kenneth Morton)

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Such Gold Singer Ben Kotin Speaks Out About Stabbing

Earlier this month, promising up-and-coming pop-punk band Such Gold stunned fans when they announced that they were cancelling their upcoming tour dates due to a serious incident involving a member of the band. The band remained quiet on specifics, causing the internet rumor mill to fly into action and suggest that vocalist Ben Kotin had been stabbed.

Ben has now come forward with the statement below which addresses the rumors, the cancelled dates, and upcoming plans for Such Gold:

“First of all I would like to apologize for pulling out of the Manscout Jamboree tour so last minute but I assure you that we would not bail on such an amazing tour without a good reason. There have been a lot of rumors flying around the Internet and I think it’s about time to clarify things. About three weeks ago I was stabbed multiple times outside of a party. I can’t go into any details but I will say that I’m lucky to be alive. I want to thank all my friends and band mates who saved my life. I’m very sorry to leave you all to decipher whether the rumors were true or not for so long but I felt it was necessary to keep to myself for a certain period of time.

There’s no telling exactly when I will be well enough to perform again but Such Gold will be doing some dates in the month of May with one of my best friends Skylar, from an awesome Massachusetts based band called Building, filling in for me. I ask that you treat him with as much respect as you would me or anyone in this band. Again I’m very sorry to leave you to speculate on what happened for so long. I can’t wait to get back on the road and hang with all the amazing friends and fans that I’ve met over these past few years. I also want to thank everyone who did know about this for their love and support throughout these past few weeks. Every day I wish we could be hanging out with The Wonder Years, Fireworks, Make Do And Mend and Living With Lions but soon enough Such Gold will be coming back harder than ever and I can’t wait!

- Ben Kotin, Such Gold”



Fireworks Releases Free Track For Download; Band to Release New Album May 24 on Triple Crown Records




Detroit’s Fireworks have just posted a free track (“Summer”) for download, in anticipation of the May 24 release of their Brian McTernan-produced full-length Gospel on Triple Crown Records. Visit http://ilgrock.com/fireworks/gospel for all of the info.

Gospel is also now also available for pre-order at: www.merchdirect.com/fireworks.

Fresh off a two week tour of the UK with Make Do & Mend, Fireworks are now back in the states and ready to kick off their co-headline Manscout Jamboree Tour with The Wonder Years this Friday, April 8th, with support from Such Gold, Make Do And Mend, and Living with Lions.

In speaking of the new album, guitarist Chris Mojan explains, “Gospel represents Fireworks better than anything we’ve done in the past. I think it really is the photo for the fundamentals we started this band on. The songs came so naturally and working with Brian (McTernan) pushed them and us to a level we’ve never came close to reaching in the past. Fireworks Lives.”

The Man Scout Jamboree tour dates and ticket links:
04/08/11 Lansing, MI- The Loft (www.fusionshows.com)
04/10/11 Covington , KY- Mad Hatter (www.cincyticket.com)
04/12/11 Dekalb , IL- The House Café (www.yourticketstand.com)
04/13/11 Des Moines , IA- The Vaudeville Mews (www.midwesttix.com)
04/14/11 Omaha , NE- The Waiting Room (www.etix.com)
04/15/11 Wichita , KS- The Oz Café (www.kpconcerts.com)
04/16/11 Colorado Springs , CO-Black sheep (www.ticketweb.com)
04/18/11 Sparks , NV- The Alley (www.ticketweb.com)
04/19/11 Stockton , CA- Plea for Peace Center (www.tgptix.com)
04/20/11 Fresno , CA- Club Retro (www.tgptix.com)
04/21/11 Bakersfield , CA- Jerry’s (www.tgptix.com)
04/22/11 North Las Vegas , NV- Area 702 (www.ticketfly.com)
04/24/11 Tucson , AZ- Skrappy’s (www.ticketmaster.com)
04/25/11 Albuquerque , NM- Launchpad (www.launchpadrocks.com)
04/27/11 Austin , TX- Emo’s (www.ticketweb.com)
04/28/11 Oklahoma City , OK- The Conservatory (www.ticketstorm.com)
04/29/11 Little Rock , AR- Downtown Music
04/30/11 Nashville , TN- Rocketown (www.ticketweb.com)
05/01/11 Birmingham , AL- The Firehouse (www.kapiro.com)
05/03/11 Pensacola , FL- Big Easy Tavern (www.ticketweb.com)
05/04/11 Pembroke Pines , FL- That Talent Farm (www.kapiro.com)
05/05/11 Jacksonville , FL- The Pit (www.foryourfriends.bigcartel.com)
05/06/11 Augusta , GA- Sector 7G (www.kapiro.com)
05/07/11 Raleigh, NC- The Brewery (www.etix.com)