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Major League: What “WPNA” and this band mean to me
I’ve grown up on shows in the local Jersey music scene.
Everybody always seems to have more bad to talk than good when it comes to reflecting on the current state of the music scene versus how it used to be a few years ago. ”Oh, it’ll never compare.” ”Kids aren’t going to shows anymore.”
I have a realist attitude and I won’t build things up to look better than they are but to me, the local scene has always seemed to be on the come-up since I started going to shows about 6 years ago. I went from attending shows as a fan to being out at shows every weekend to watch and support friends, and, later, to photograph/video as I got more into what I was doing with photography, booking, promoting, and becoming more involved in the community here. It came to the point where it was just expected that there was a show worth going to every weekend, whether it was a few nationally touring bands and locals or just all of my friends’ bands playing a garage or one of the VFW’s.
About a year ago I started my first semester in college at Rutgers University and also started to deal with a lot of serious health problems. With these two things coinciding, I had very little interest in the nightlife at school, especially since taking care of myself became a priority. Parties hardly seemed entertaining when I had the chance to see my favorite bands play right down the road from my house and hang out regularly with some of my best friends - better yet, people who had the same interests as me, which were keeping the scene alive and supporting music that really meant something.
I had first seen Major League at Brotherly Breakdown fest in Philly on my 18th birthday. I only knew a few of their songs at the time, but I was so stoked that I was able to spend my birthday watching one of my favorite new bands at the time. Matt from TWY was filling in on drums, and I just remember there being an energy in the room that night that I wasn’t used to seeing from other local bands. The next show was at a sweet sixteen and bar mitzvah venue somewhere in Jersey with terrible sound, but the guys made it work. They always do, and I never hear them complain or talk negatively about anything at their shows. I have never seen them walk away from a kid who wants to talk to them or not give it their all when they play a show.
From the first few times I saw them, the crowd for them got larger and larger. They played their release show at the Freehold VFW late that December and the venue’s owners ended up shutting the show down pretty violently after some pushing started up. It was a bad situation to be in and I remember watching everything get chaotic from the front of the venue, but again - not one member of Major League reacted in a way that was less than polite and professional, vowing to make it up to us - which they later did, playing a free show packed from wall to wall in our friend Clayton’s garage. Going out of their way to make sure that all their fans are happy is something I really respect about them. Major League doesn’t preach about bullshit, they don’t start fights with other bands, they play shows and they give kids something positive to identify with. For that reason I will always respect and support them.
I’ve watched this band grow since those first shows, playing a full U.S. tour with Senses Fail, and at Skate & Surf Festival. No matter what they are always extremely humble and it has always been really inspiring to see a band that started off around here end up getting the attention they deserve. I look up to Major League because they have gone against obstacles and still always are smiling and grateful for what they get to do. They make music that means something and I hope anybody reading this who hasn’t listened to them yet gives this band a chance.
Major League has this motto - “WPNA” for short, or “Wolf Pack Never Alone”. This resonated with my friends and I but especially stuck with me because I know that the music community is what saved me from ever feeling alone over the past few years. High school friends have come and gone but it’s the people I met at shows since I wasn’t even a teenager yet who have stuck around and have helped me out through the few tough times when I was facing rough times that were out of my control.
If Major League is stopping in your city in these next few weeks or months, please do what you can to support them. They have changed my life for the better and are great musicians and people that deserve the support.
Pick up their new album on iTunes: Here.