The Wonder Years & Friends @ The Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix

The Wonder Years and an all-star lineup made a stop at a Phoenix local favorite venue, The Crescent Ballroom, on March 3rd. The Wonder Years supported by Free Throw, Spanish Love Songs, and Pool Kids. The room they performed in seemed small, even when it was empty; yet, they managed to cram over 500 fans in there. This show was stacked from the relatively fresh Pool Kids, with about 18k monthly listeners, to the headlining The Wonder Years. All of these incredible bands deserve attention.

The first to perform was Pool Kids from Florida. Their debut album, Songs to Practice Safe Sex To, went live in 2018, but during, they played a couple new songs and made lots of mention of how nice it is to write again. I would expect some new content from them before too long.

Spanish Love Songs was set to follow up Pool Kids. The LA band entertained fans with their LA punk musicality and melodramatic lyrics revolving around the existential crisis that is the human condition. Next up was Free Throw. The Nashville band performed the day after their city was destroyed by a tornado. Homes, businesses, local hang out spots were all decimated. They’re raising money through t-shirt sales on their website with proceeds of these sales going towards Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund to help rebuild the city. You can learn more about the organization and how to donate by visiting their website.

Back in 2017, The Wonder Years released an acoustic album called Burst & Decay and subsequently embarked on a fully acoustic tour. It was a limited tour because they didn’t really know how people would respond. Apparently, the tour was received extremely well because with the 2020 release of Burst & Decay Volume II, came another acoustic tour-- sort of. They kicked off their set with a full acoustic set, followed by a full electric set. And It. Was. Incredible. The 15 year old band has an extensive repertoire to draw from. It came as no surprise when the sold out venue echoed back damn near every word belted out by singer Dan Campbell for nearly 25 songs. This is the tour to catch for any Wonder Years fan.

The Wonder Years

Free Throw

Spanish Love Songs

Pool Kids