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Dan Campbell of The Wonder Years announces solo project

Soup! There he is...

Soup! There he is…

Soupy, best known as the energetic and angsty frontman of The Wonder Years, an incredibly huge pop punk band hailing from PA, has announced a solo project.  Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties is his latest endeavor, a character study and a way for Dan Campbell to get into a new headspace and write.  It’s an artistic adventure that he’s on, and we’re all really proud.

From what I can tell in the announcement video, Campbell is exploring a new vocal range, a new sound, a new everything.  He’s collaborating with Ace Enders, who is also producing the album and Kennedy who is the drummer for TWY.  The record is “the story of the worst year of his (Aaron West) life.”  Soupy spent a year researching and creating this character.

There’s harmonica and banjo, it’s a concept album, it has so much thought and care put into it.  It’s unlike anything else the man has ever done.  “We Don’t Have Each Other” is due out on July 8th.  A 10-track concept album doesn’t seem too far out of Soupy’s reach, and he’s kind of been leading up to it anyway.
With “The Greatest Generation”, TWY’s last release, Soupy’s songwriting got more intense and more narrative.  He was telling stories with his songs, connecting them to each other with recurring lyrics and melodies and riffs.  It was obvious he’s wanted to make something bigger, and apparently he’s been working on Aaron West since before last summer’s Warped Tour.  It’s been a process, and I can’t wait to see where this process has brought Dan.

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