• Good Charlotte (w/ Four Year Strong, Framing Hanley, The Wonder Years)

    18 Feb 2011, 18:42 by DanDy57

    Thu 17 Feb – Kerrang! Relentless Energy Tour

    Pop-punk was the order of the day in Birmingham as 2011's Kerrang tour hit the Academy, bringing with it a great lineup encompassing a varying level of melody and heaviness, as well as placing the old guard against the future of the genre.

    The Wonder Years
    Being right at the front, I'm not quite sure how many people were around at 7 when The Wonder Years hit the stage, but judging from the size of the queue outside, they must have pulled a decent crowd. Their upbeat, melodic hardcore-esque sound draws obvious similarities with Four Year Strong, however the strength of their songs wasn't quite to the same standard. They made up for this with an energetic live performance though, bringing some much needed movement and energy to the crowd after the freezing cold weather outside, which is exactly what you want from an opening act. They were good fun and entertaining, and whilst they may be a band that aren't suited to the full Academy stage just yet…