This guy!… plus hundreds of thousands of angsty teenagers. Pretty sweet, no? In all seriousness this is the first time I’ll be able to make it to warped tour in 6 years and I’m absolutely stoked about it. There’s nothing I like better than seeing punk music live and Warped Tour is an opportunity to see a lot of it in one day, which means a lot when you don’t get out that often. Sure, all of the sets are ridiculously short (the headliner of the day played 45 minutes last time I was there, which is completely ridiculous), but the 30 minutes or so I’ll see of each band are sure to be magic.
I’ve been to a few other more traditional festivals – Lollapalooza, Pitchfork Music Festival, and Outside Lands – but there’s one thing I’ve found special about Warped. It’s pretty much exclusively punk music which you pretty much can’t see anywhere else (although I guess I did see Manchester Orchestra at Lolla). I’m a huge punk fan, particularly live, because of the raw energy in the performance and the crowd. I love all types of music but in college I started to get increasingly bored at more “shoe-gazy” shows – even for bands I truly enjoy listening to such as the Shins, Sigur Ros, and Wilco. Particularly if the even is seated it just loses all of its allure for me. At that time I got increasingly more into electronic, dance-driven, downright poppy music and in particular punk and that’s only continued to be the case through the years.
The best news about being able to attend this year’s Warped Tour is the line-up is great. As a huge Early November fan who’s never seen them live I’m really pumped to see both them and Ace Enders doing his thing as I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody’s Business. I haven’t see Motion City Soundtrack since the first Warped Tour I went to in high school so seeing them again should be a trip. Last time I tried to see Chiodos with Craig Owens in the band my plans were thwarted so seeing them reunited is going to be great. Woe, Is Me should be a good time even with all of their drama among the band members and I See Stars I think is going to be a ton of fun live. Definitely looking forward to Like Moths to Flames, Hands Like Houses, VersaEmerge, We Came As Romans and Sleeping with Sirens. Should be fun seeing my old high school-mates blessthefall again.
NeverShoutNever should be a trip. Some of his music is truly great, some of it kind of sucks and lot of it is so sappy and poppy you can’t help but love it. Will be interesting to see the mix he chooses to play and what his stage presence is like. In videos he seems like a giant tool but I do love a lot of his music. I’m really looking forward to Memphis May Fire and Bring Me the Horizon. I’m hoping their performances will be intense and aggressive. I’m sure there are more who unannounced who will be great too.
Overall I have to say this is the most excited I’ve been for a show in years. Can’t wait for July 22nd where I’ll be one of 17 people at the Mountain View Warped Tour old enough to purchase beer. Fuck yeah!