Introducing himself to us as Dan, we sat down with The Wonder Years’s “Soupy”..
So you’re at Leeds festival as part of a pretty amazing line-up, have you managed to catch many bands?
Story So Far, Tonight Alive, I managed to catch some of Papa Roach because, well obviously. I watched a little bit of Emily’s Army, all of Pup and all of Masked Intruder. Trying to get it all in!
With regard to Papa Roach we’ve heard a few of the American bands (naming no names) suggested that they are treated as a bit of a joke band in North America is that the case? So was the Papa Roach statement true, or sarcasm?
No, I watched Papa Roach and then I had to come here so I was only able to hear “Last Resort” from over here. But it’s absolutely a total fucking joke, but I don’t know man- there’s a nostalgia to it, like I’m not going to say that I didn’t fucking jam out to “Last Resort” in the eighth grade. I was really impressed with the show they put on, like they say the classic fucking rock ‘n’ roll bullshit between songs like “Oh fuck yeah/ Are you fucking feeling me?” whatever, but that’s just because I’m jaded and shitty that I don’t think that’s cool. He also jumped through a table, maybe he’s a pro-wrestling guy. But I thought they were great, they really did a good job.
So you guys are playing Leeds festival later today, how does that feel?
I’m tired because we flew in yesterday, I set an alarm for ten a.m. because I wanted to watch a bunch of bands and that would give me time to wake up, exist as a human and then go watch all my friends play. I woke up looked at my phone and was like “three, god damn it I missed everyone”. I put my pants on, started leaving the bus and realised, it’s still night time. It was three a.m and I’d only been asleep for like three hours, and then I couldn’t get back for a while so I’m fucked up on sleep issues, but I am pretty excited. We’ve never been here before, so it’s all a new surprise for me. I know there is the Nirvana live DVD from Reading, so it’s kind of cool to be at one of the longest standing rock festivals. So it is cool to be a part of it, but I think it’s cooler for people like the guys in Neck Deep who come here every year and now get to play versus me who’s never been here.
You were here in may with the UK leg of the Greatest Generation World Tour, how was that?
It was good, we had just been here in November too and I think maybe that’s too many times to play in the UK over the course of six months, I think maybe you’ve got to do eight months apart to really get everyone to come back, but the shows were awesome.
We saw you in Birmingham, and it was pretty great.
Yeah, I feel like the issue was people going “why aren’t you coming back to [insert city here]” but it’s like “we just played there, so we can’t” and then people are mad at you and that’s the kind of thing I want to avoid. But the shows were really good, I had a really good time. State Champs were awesome, A Loss for Words, Light You Up, everyone had a good time.
Obviously last year you released the latest album, what is the future looking like? You personally have released some solo stuff..
Yeah the solo stuff came out, it was the number one new record in America that week, new artist record I should say. Which was really exciting for me, and I’m doing my first show in England tomorrow with it. But yeah, we wrote the first piece of the first new Wonder Years song a couple of days ago, that was the first time we’ve been together as a band since we were last in England. So it’s the very tip of the iceberg with starting the new record.
What would you like to be remembered for?
I would like to be remembered for someone that stands up for the rights of the oppressed I guess. Recently I’ve particularly upset with the events in Ferguson, Missouri and the shooting of an unarmed young black man, for being unarmed young and black. I used to teach at a school in Philly, on our last tour there one of the students (not that I had taught but that went to that school) had been murdered in his apartment. I’m tired of the bullshit, I’m tired of the gun violence in America, I’m tired of economically oppressing people and I’d like to try and do something about it. Maybe it means going back to teaching, we’ll see.
Dream dinner guest (dead or alive)?
I have had this question before, and sometimes I’ll be like “Hitler” so that I could assault him, but then that ruins the point of the question. I don’t think the question is “who would you like to have in-front of you to gouge” so someone that I’d actually like to talk to is probably John from the Mountain Goats. He seems like a really interesting guy.
Favourite swear word?
Best excuse you’ve ever used to break up with someone?
I usually get broken up with.
Religious, humanist, spiritualist or none?
I guess humanist is the best way to put it, certainly not religious.
Worst thing you’ve ever put in your mouth?
Err, I don’t know I’m really picky about what I eat so I don’t put a lot of shitty things in my mouth. Oh you know what here’s one, one morning I woke up in a hotel room on tour and I felt great and so I brushed my teeth and all of a sudden I started puking and said “that was weird” and felt sick for hours and then I stated too feel a bit better, so I was like “I should brush my teeth, because I puked a lot.” So I brushed my teeth and I started puking again and I was like “What the fuck?” and I looked and my face wash had exploded on my tooth brush and so I was brushing my teeth with it and the face-wash was like super toxic- “If ingested go to the hospital immediately”. So I was accidentally inducing vomiting by brushing my teeth with face wash…
Soupy aka Dan Campbell was informed, sweet and humble a true pleasure to meet and such a talent. If you aren’t aware of The Wonder Years check them out NOWWWW!