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Uproxx has shared their year end list of the Best Punk Albums of 2018, and lookie who's right up top at #1, Lansdale's The Wonder Years, calling Sister Cities a "masterpiece."
The top 10 list also includes Philly's Kississippi , and Scranton's Petal.
Here's their full editorial write up as to why The Wonder Years reigned supreme in the punk realm this year:
"The Wonder Years have been a band for thirteen years. In that time, the band has gone through a few small lineup changes but countless sonic evolutions. All of these musical twists and turns over the course of their career seem to be leading here: Sister Cities feels like the culmination of years spent writing records and touring relentlessly, featuring frontman Dan Campbell’s best lyricism to date and a band unwilling to compromise their shared vision.
The record opens with a vivid description of coping with loss and yearning for family, all from oceans away (“Raining In Kyoto”), while its title track recounts a group of fans in Chile that came together after the band’s scheduled show was canceled and welcomed them into their local community to throw together a makeshift gig.
Finally, a decade-plus of constant travel, eye-opening culture shock, and worldly information overload comes together in the album’s closing track “The Ocean Grew Hands To Hold Me.” Across its nearly seven-minute runtime, Campbell examines the large bodies of water that are often used as a measure of separation, but he instead shifts the paradigm to understand them as the ties that bind everyone on the planet together. “I miss everyone at once,” he sings in a broken voice as he returns home to Philadelphia for the first time in nearly two years. “But most of all, I miss the ocean.” Enter a cinematic instrumental that builds to a swell, then a cacophony of silence.
When all is said and done, the sextet’s 11-track masterpiece exists as a document of a group of friends searching for love and finding it in the most surprising places. More than just a collection of songs, Sister Cities is an expansion of worldview. It is a testament to humility. But most importantly, it is a timely explanation — from a group of individuals with thirteen years of relevant experience and a platitude of wisdom to dispel on the topic — that a different culture doesn’t mean a different humanity."
Congrats and cheers guys!