The Wonder Years | Cannery Ballroom | Nashville, TN

Written by Kayla Albee | Photos by Nick Zimmer


The Wonder Years

Venue: Cannery Ballroom

City: Nashville, TN

Date: May 10, 2018

 The Wonder Years are currently on tour in support of their latest album, Sister Cities, with support from Tigers Jaw, Tiny Moving Parts, and Worriers. We caught their show at Cannery Ballroom, which has become the home for many of The Wonder Years recent performances in Music City. 

Worriers started off the show with alternative punk jams full of thoughtful and introspective lyrics. Vocalist Lauren mentioned how they "don't understand the gender binary or why we even need it" before playing "They / Them / Theirs" which garnered cheers from the crowd.

Up next where Tiny Moving Parts, who were top notch as usual. Having seen them open for the Wonder Years once before while in Birmingham AL, it's safe to say that they know how to work the stage.

They opened with their hit "Sundresses," and the band gave a quick Happy Birthday shout out to Free Throw's Cory Castro before dedicating their song "Birdhouse" to him. They were definitely the most technical sounding band on the tour, and Dylan Mattheisen's rough vocals drove the set home.

Tigers Jaw never cease to put on an enjoyable show, and their setlist ranged from  2017's Spin to their 2008 self titled release. Songs like "Plane vs. Tank vs. Submarine" and "The Sun" radiated sentimental nostalgia, while newer material like "Nervous Kids" and "Follows" showcased their continuous song writing capabilities.

"Chemicals" slowed things down and got the crowd singing along, while "Hum" closed out their set and left fans buzzing with excitment for The Wonder Years to take the stage. 

"Pyramids of Salt" kicked off their 19 song set list with the surprise addition of a four song encore. Vocalist Dan Campbell commented on how the band never thought that they would be in a place where songs like "Coffee Eyes" would be considered old material, which proved how far they've come as artists over their 13 year career.

Throwback numbers including "I Was Scared & I'm Sorry," along with "Came Out Swinging" caused the crowd to be overrun with energy -- people even started a small pit by the front of the stage, and a handful of people ended up crowd surfing before the night was over. 

It's so satisfying to see a band grow with their fans over time and still be able to connect on a deeply personal level while broadening their reach and connecting with people across the world. The Wonder Years have proven that their musical capabilities span far beyond the barriers of their pop punk roots, as they've developed a mature and polished signature sound while still maintaining a solid fan base that continues to grow with them over the years.