Last Friday, the Vans Warped Tour punk rock music festival invaded the Camden Waterfront. Currently in its eighteenth year, the tour has branched out from their strictly punk lineup to include metal, hardcore, pop, electric and other genres; even with these changes Warped Tour continues the most noted punk music festival in the country.
Birthed from the South Philadelphia basement scene, The Wonder Years have developed into one of the biggest names in the current pop punk scene. Their main stage performance at this year’s Warped Tour was nothing short of a full circle moment for the band. Lead singer Dan “Soupy” Campbell was almost tearful as he proclaimed this hometown show as one of the best days of his life. The bands enthusiasm for playing the Warped Tour main stage translated into one of the best, most high energy performances sets of the day. Fans filled the the arena singing each song at the top of their lungs while people who were not familiar with the band had no choice but to be taken by their infectious sound. (If you’re a fan of The Wonder Years you should probably check out The Story So Far, a pop punk band form Walnut Creek, California who put on a great performance at this years Warped Tour. Their music is loud, powerful and unforgiving. Their energetic performance made their Warped Tour debut very promising.)
Also playing a hometown show was Hammonton, New Jersey’s The Early November. The Early November became popular in the early 2000′s with their emo-influenced sound, and recently broke a four-year hiatus in 2012 with its most recent album In Currents. The new album as well as their live performance shows the bands ability to grow and mature as musicians. Their set was polished and mature as they played tracks old and new. Continue reading →