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The Wonder Years Are Close But So Far From Home in "Dismantling Summer" Clip

Pop-punk's flag bearers drop an anxiety-riddled music video about being forgotten at home

The Wonder Years' latest album, The Greatest Generation, is the Philly pop-punk act's most explosive and personal album to date. Today, the sextet premiered a new music video for the LP's single "Dismantling Summer." Check it above!

"Dismantling Summer" comes loaded with one of the catchiest choruses on The Greatest Generation. The track finds frontman Dan Campbell telling the story of his grandfather undergoing heart surgery following a series of heart attacks the day before the band flew to England for a tour. 

His feelings are delivered with most impact during the song's bridge, when Campbell harmonizes with guitarists Matt Brasch and Nick Steinborn: "If I'm in an airport, and you're in a hospital bed, what kind of man does that make me?" In the chorus, Campbell's cries of "I haven't felt a heart break until now" hammer home the emotion.

Meanwhile, the video chooses not to present a actual depiction of the song's concept. Campbell breaks it down best: "We knew that for a song so personal, a literal re-telling for the video would be unwelcome and painful. [Director Drew Russ] took the core nerve of the song, the idea of being away when it matters most, and spun it into an absurdist piece of dark comedy during which my family found themselves fed up with my perpetual absence and replaced me with a mannequin, leaving me in the literal cold." 

The Wonder Years are currently headlining the North American leg of their Greatest Generation Tour with Fireworks, Real Friends, Citizen and Modern Baseball. Find the dates here.

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