Taking one's name from a coming-of-age story says a lot about the Wonder Years. So does titling their latest album The Greatest Generation, after Tom Brokaw's book about World War II vets. The raging, ruminating Philadelphia Wonder boys think seriously about their time in the sun. Or so it would seem from their long, sold-out show at Electric Factory on Saturday, with Modern Baseball, Citizen, Fireworks, and Real Friends.
Rooted in driving pop with boyish harmonies and melodic bass lines (courtesy of Josh Martin), the band undid emo's credo of heartbreak at every turn, telling detailed stories about greed, dreariness, and a bird's-eye POV - literally on "My Life as a Pigeon." Dan "Soupy" Campbell went from croon to scream to chatter about portable life ("Everything I Own Fits in This Backpack") and outrunning one's past on "Cul-de-sac."