The Wonder YearsThe Wonder Years have posted a new song entitled We Don’t Bury You online. The song was recorded for one of their close friends Mike Pelone who, sadly, never got to hear the song as he passed away before the band was able to show it to them.

The song was posted on Pelone’s cousin’s blog and can be heard there or below. Frontman Dan Campbell had some words to say regarding the release:

As I type this, I am just taking off my tie. Today, we buried, Mike Pelone, one of the best friends any of us have ever had. We would not be in this band without him. He introduced most of us to one another. He was originally supposed to play guitar but couldn’t make the first practice. We played our first ‘show’ in the middle of his band’s set. It was one song played on their gear and I remember it vividly still. Our first release was a split with his band. Our second release was put out on a record label he and I ran together.

Just last week, he was on the phone with Kennedy saying that he was proud of how far we’d come and henceforth we’ll be striving to keep him proud of us. Mike struggled with drugs for the past few¬†years. He had a serious desire to stay clean and would often not come hang out so that he wasn’t even around people drinking, but in the end, the addiction got him. In June, we recorded a song for Mike that we were planning on showing him this past weekend. He never got to hear it. It was inspired by a conversation I had with him when he went back to rehab last. I asked if there was anything we could do and if he wanted to start touring with us so that we could watch over him. He said that he needed to be in a facility for awhile and that he just wanted to make sure we didn’t bury him. Those were his words. I could tell a million stories about Mike and I know we all will for the rest of our lives but I’ll leave them out of this entry.

The Wonder Years will be re-releasing their second album The Upsides on their new label Hopeless Records with new artwork and four bonus tracks Sept. 21.

The Wonder Years – “We Won’t Bury You” from Hopeless Records on Vimeo.