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THE WONDER YEARS announce new record, release new acoustic version of “We Look Like Lightning”

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The official video for THE WONDER YEARS‘s new acoustic version of “We Look Like Lightning,” off ‘Burst & Decay (Volume II)‘ out February 14, 2020, has landed online and you can check it out above.

If there’s one thing for certain, it’s that The Wonder Years put their entire souls into each body of work they release. Nearly three years ago, some of their most popular songs like “There, There” and “Don’t Let Me Cave In” were taken to crushing new heights on the first edition of the groundbreaking Philly band’s first acoustic EP, “Burst & Decay”. And they were only just getting started.

Produced and engineered by Ace Enders (The Early November), “Burst & Decay (Volume II)”, out February 14 on Hopeless Records, truly takes this stripped-back TWY experience to an entirely new level. The new EP features stunning string arrangements from Little Kruta String Quartet and guest vocals on “We Look Like Lightning” from Alex Maniak of the band Shortly, streaming everywhere today.

“On the first ‘Burst & Decay EP’, we went in with a rough idea of re-envisioning a few old songs and walked out of the studio in love with the process. We were able to breathe new life into songs that had become neglected over the years and give new dimensions to ones that we’d played endlessly” vocalist Dan Campbell explains.

“This time, we went in knowing exactly what we wanted to do––build new versions of old songs that subvert expectations but remain familiar. We stretched our limits, we got to work with the insanely talented Little Kruta String Quartet, we had a legitimately good time in the studio and we made something we’re very excited to share with you”.



I forgot what month it is again. I’m half awake, and I know it’s wrong,
but I swear to god it’s almost christmas. In a language I don’t understand,
there’s a shaking voice on the PA. The other passengers seem nervous.
I’m playing “What Song Do You Wanna Die To?”

I’m suddenly aware of our speed. We tie the world together tightly;
stitch the gaps with pins and string. The beacon out there on the wing
lights the clouds from inside out. From the ground we look lightning.
I’m playing “What Song Do You Wanna Die To?”

I’m everywhere at once again. I hear the ocean in the engines.
I see the moonlight creeping in. Maybe it’s all in my head. I’m
foreign presence in your bloodstream. I’m a stranger in my bed.
I’m playing “What Song Do You Wanna Die To?”

I’m flashing back to us one night in a prairie town.
(Tornado alley, out running a storm.)
They can see the dirt there under my fingernails.
(I’m just a pile of bones left on an airport floor)
The bags under my eyes have got space when you bottom out
(to pack your things and make a break for the door)
One day the things you love are gonna put you in the ground
(but I’m planning to run till I can’t run anymore)

What song do you wanna die to?
What song do you wanna die to?
What song do you wanna die to?
What song do you wanna die to?

Karol Kamiński

DIY rock music enthusiast and web-zine publisher from Warsaw, Poland. Supporting DIY ethics, local artists and promoting hardcore punk, rock, post rock and alternative music of all kinds via IDIOTEQ online channels.
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