We last caught up with everyone's favorite pop-punk band, the Wonder Years, at the 2015 Alternative Press Music Awards in Cleveland, Ohio. The group told us all about their new album, No Closer to Heaven, their frontman Dan Campbell telling us,
"We say this with full honesty and earnestness, if we didn't think the record we were making is the best one we've ever made, we wouldn't make it. We're just not interested in putting out sub-par work. We can say down to every cell in us that we're incredibly proud of this record. It's our best work to date. We can't wait for everyone to hear it."
You can read the rest of that conversation here. Before that, we got a taste of the record in "Cardinals," a powerful song with an equally powerful visual accompaniment. The group aren't fixing what ain't broke and today have shared "Cigarettes & Saints," an equally strong song and video.
In the clip, we see a young, distraught woman write what appears to be a suicide note. She takes a backpack and leaves her empty room to wander into woods. At one especially troubling scene, she takes giant stones from a nearby creek and places them into her knapsack. She walks up a hill with the heavy rocks on her back and contemplates jumping in. When the song reaches its apex, Campbell scream-singing, "You can't have my friends / You can't have my brothers," she tosses the bag into the water, and jumps in after it. It's a powerful image, one that speaks to the strength of those who've contemplated suicide and have survived.