In 2003, Yellowcard captured the hearts of teenagers with its first hit, Ocean Avenue. Two years later, The Wonder Years hit the scene with the new, fresh sound for punk music. Friday night, to a sold-out crowd at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, both bands showed how they became a voice for youth by putting on one hell of a show.
The Wonder Years started its hometown set (to a crowd that was moshing to the intro music) with an ironic tune called ‚??Local Man Ruins Everything.‚?Ě As the band progressed through its 40-minute set, the crowd grew louder, rowdier, and slightly more dangerous.
Kids moshed, skanked, danced, and screamed while TWY played one of the best sets to date, mixing old and new seamlessly. And based on the banter between songs, it was evident the group‚??s hard work has payed off well, and the guys are beyond grateful.
By the time The Wonder Years were finished, there were some doubts Yellowcard could steal the crowd back - but they were quickly laid to rest.
Vocalist Ryan Key ran out and proclaimed ‚??Philadelphia! We sold out the Electric Factory tonight!‚?Ě before performing perhaps the most energetic first song in the band‚??s history, ‚??Awakening‚?Ě. Later Key announced that Philadelphia had sold more tickets than any other show on the tour.
Yellowcard‚??s set list set the tone for the night, starting off with two new tracks from recent top-10 hit Southern Air. The band then brought some nostalgia with ‚??Miles Apart‚?Ě from Ocean Avenue.
The rest of the set was well-balanced. Although no songs from debut album ‚??Midget Tossing‚?Ě and only two from Lights and Sounds were were played, five of the ten songs from Southern Air were played, as well as a nice collection from Ocean, Paper Walls, and When You‚??re Through Thinking, Say Yes.
The band also added a surprise when Key and drummer Longineu Parsons played a cover of Mumford and Son‚??s ‚??I Will Wait.‚?Ě
A lot of bands have been covering songs that are on the radio these days, Key said to the crowd. They take a lot of those dancing songs and bring them on stage. We thought that we would cover a band that plays guitars and drums instead of a computer. We're not going to cover that.
The cover was followed with WYTTSY‚??s ‚??Hang You Up,‚?Ě which lead into the first 5-song encore. Key dedicated the song ‚??Believe‚?Ě ‚?? which was written after 9/11 ‚?? to the people who have been involved with Hurricane Sandy, both the victims and rescue squads.
The second encore featured current single ‚??Here I Am Alive,‚?Ě where Key was joined by Tay Jardine, vocalist for opener We Are The In Crowd, as well as the famed Ocean Avenue.
Overall, Yellowcard‚??s return to the Electric Factory was a success. The Wonder Years went above and beyond as an opening act, and YC showed why Philly was the city of choice for its live DVD years ago.
Key ended the set by telling the crowd they will be back during this time next year, again touring in support of Southern Air, but with something special that they are working on.