|Warped '16 Bands That're Worth a Shit|
Around the World and Back
State Champs have blown the fuck up over the past year. Their latest album, Around the World and Back, has garnered the band a crazy amount of attention. The lead single Secrets is a must have on any summer jam playlist. These dudes have been touring like crazy since the release of the album and it's unsurprising that they're a main stage act this summer.
|2||The Story So Far|
Under Soil and Dirt
The Story So Far are one of the biggest pop-punk bands in the modern scene. Under Soil and Dirt is still a must listen for anyone looking to get into the scene even five years after it's release. The band's live performance is energetic and entertaining. Even if you don't know the tunes, the vibes coming from their extremely loyal fanbase are enough to get anyone in the crowd hyped up.
Mayday Parade have never been a band I paid much attention to. They've always been that one really popular pop-punk band that all the girls swooned over; but with the release of their latest Black Lines they've piqued my interest. The record is basically a love-letter to the late 90's-early 2000's alternative scene with influences ranging from OK Computer-era Radiohead to Brand New's Deja Entendu. The band is able to channel these influences without ever feeling like they're aping or trying to cash in on the success of these bands. It'll be interesting if the band sticks to the hits or if they'll play some cuts off of Black Lines this summer.
|4||Four Year Strong|
Four Year Strong
Four Year Strong have pretty much become synonymous with everything Warped Tour is. They're loud, fast, fun, and exceptionally catchy. It's no wonder they're one of the top billed bands on the tour poster. Four Year Strong are a staple of the scene, one that the veterans and newbies can appreciate.
|5||Less Than Jake|
While Four Year Strong is the modern Warped-staple, Less Than Jake are the old jacks. This year is the band's ninth appearance on the tour's lineup, with good reason. Less Than Jake are the ultimate summer rock band. Their songs are lively and bring nothing but amusement to anyone lucky enough to catch their set. These guys have released so many ear-worms it's not even funny, tracks like The Science of Selling Yourself Short, All My Best Friends Are Metalheads and History of A Boring Town provoke some of the loudest, most fun crowd interactions of the whole summer.
Issues are a divisive band on this site to say the least. Their self titled debut is one of the most evenly distributed ratings charts I've ever seen. They're easily the definition of a love 'em-or-hate 'em band. Their music is undeniably catchy, and with the release of their sophomore LP, more diverse and varied than ever. Songs like The Realest and COMA are insanely addicting and will definitely be some of the most fun songs to shout along to this summer. If the band rounds out their set with fan favorites like Mad at Myself and Hooligans, while throwing in some older cuts like The Worst of Them and King of Amarillo, the band will have one of the most entertaining sets of the tour.
|7||Every Time I Die|
Every Time I Die are the pinnacle of unbridled, raw energy. These guys are fucking noisy, abrasive, and tight, their madness is totally deliberate in a way that few bands can imitate. Their live performances are some of the craziest, most aggressive, most dynamic of any band in the scene. Every Time I Die bring a necessary absurdity to the Warped lineup every year they play, and are a must see for all who enjoy a good show.
Wage War are newcomers to Warped Tour and the scene in general. With only one release under their belt they've already proven themselves worthy of the attention they've been receiving from the metalcore scene. They took everything you've come to know from the current state of metalcore, mixed in some slight nu-metal influences with focused songwriting to create one of the best records of last year. In a live setting these guys are intense, but humble and genuinely gracious of anyone who comes out to their shows. I can say with 100% certainty that if these guys continue to tour their asses off and write solid albums they will quickly become a household name of any modern metalcore fan.
Ocean Avenue is one of the most instantly recognizable pop-punk songs ever written, it's intro chugs are ingrained in the hearts and minds of anyone who was listening to alternative radio stations (or mainstream depending on where you lived) in the mid-2000's. Yellowcard are one of the most consistently great bands in pop-punk and their appearance on this year's lineup only sweetens the pot for fans who attend the tour every summer.
|10||Ice Nine Kills|
Every Trick in the Book
To the average music listener Ice Nine Kills is just another metalcore band, and for the most part it's true. However, Ice Nine Kills' use of tasteful samples as well as an almost theatrical approach to songwriting makes these guys stand out. The amount of storytelling these guys can cram into three-to-four minute songs is impressive. Their music almost feels like an event. Ice Nine Kills is definitely one of the most interesting bands on this year's lineup.
All Killer No Filler
People have been begging Kevin Lyman and co. for years about bringing some classic bands back to Warped and this year, he delivered. Sum 41 is a band that any old-school pop-punk fan knows and adores. Their first three albums are seen as classics in the genre by many and with good reason. They put out some of the most entertaining, catchiest records back in the day. It'll be interesting to see how the band sounds in 2016 with three of the members of the best era of the band's music together again.
|12||Crown the Empire|
Crown the Empire are easily one of the most interesting, most dynamic bands in the modern metalcore scene. Their first full length as well as their debut EP are viewed by many as staples of the current scene. While their sophomore album brought them more mainstream attention with the single Machines, it's those earlier releases that the band's fanbase is in love with. The band's upcoming third LP, Retrograde, is shaping up to be a return to form for the band and many fans eagerly await it's release. As far as their live performance goes Crown the Empire are solid, front-men Andy Leo and Dave Escamilla being the highlight of their live sound.
|13||Veil of Maya|
Veil of Maya's fifth full length record, Matriarch saw the band overhauling their sound almost completely. Ditching their earlier deathcore sound for a more progressive metal sound à la Periphery, the record introduced a new vocalist as well as a new vocal style for the band, this record being the first in the band's discography to feature clean vocals. Matriarch was generally well-received and their inclusion on this list is more for my own personal interest as I'm extremely curious to see how Lukas Magyar sounds performing the new material as well as classic tracks from the band's back catalog.
Mark of the Blade
Whitechapel are easily one of the most recognizable names in extreme metal. They are definitely one of the most interesting inclusions on the lineup, easily being the heaviest band on the tour. Warped is no stranger to more extreme acts, The Black Dahlia Murder played the 2013 tour, however I'm curious to see how the Warped Tour crowd reacts to their music. Most Warped-goers aren't into the more extreme end of the metal spectrum but who knows, Whitechapel is a band with mass appeal, for an extreme metal band that is, so maybe the crowd will be into it.
|15||New Found Glory|
New Found Glory
New Found Glory is a band that needs no introduction. Along with Sum 41 and Yellowcard these guys are on the tour to appease the Warped Tour purists out there who want the band to return to it's pop-punk/skate punk roots, and goddammit I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited to see these guys on this year's lineup. New Found Glory have written some of the greatest pop-punk bangers ever and like Sum 41 I'm interested to hear how they sound in 2016.