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Comatorium Goes To Warped Tour

At the age of 23 I realized I had never been to a Warped Tour, despite rhaving wanted to rrrdesperately plenty of times. So in spite of the shitty rlineup, the girlfriend and I braved the rheat rrand the circus of a crowd for our rfirst ever Warped Tour at Merriweather Post Pavilion. rHere's rrhow the day rwent...
1Born of Osiris
The Discovery

NEGATIVE: I decided to swing by BOO's set because nothing else at the time grabbed my attention and it was close by. The laughable crowd was full of hardcore dancers and the setlist was plagued with shitty breakdown fests from their newest album. Only one cut from The Discovery? Boo, indeed
2Enter Shikari
Take to the Skies

POSITIVE: Enter Shikari opened the day on the main stage. An energetic crowd coupled with surprise old songs made it a good, nostalgic way to kick off the day. They lost me later in the set with new material but the crowd stayed energized and fun.

POSITIVE: Bayside is one of the girlfriend's favorites, so we hurried to catch the tail end of their set after ES. I liked the energy and they were definitely one of the better bands present on the bill.
4Of Mice and Men
Of Mice & Men

NEGATIVE: Call it nostalgia or what have you, but seeing OM&M with Carlile sounded like fun. Once I realized the setlist had zero songs from the self titled and Carlile's vocals had gone to shit, all that was left was bland chugging, horribly forced screams, and off key cleans. Not a winner.
5Cute Is What We Aim For

POSITIVE: At this point it was hot as balls and we needed a break. We stopped by CIWWAF's set out of nostalgia for the days they were really big around Baltimore and played tons of local shows. Shaant's voice has aged nicely and the musicians were tight. Sitting in the shade with a pen full of hash oil didn't hurt, I'm sure.
6Courage My Love

NEUTRAL: There was nothing interesting to us in this time slot so we parked in a shaded area between stages and could hear this band playing pretty clearly. Sounds like a slightly heavier Paramore with shitty, random screams. Not the worst thing I heard all day.
7The Ghost Inside

POSITIVE: Mostly just because it was hot and Yellowcard was playing next on the same stage. I jammed Returners back in the day but this band never left an impression. We watched from seats and the band was tight, the vocals were powerful, and the crowd was consistently moving. Could have picked something worse to waste time watching, but then my girlfriend found...

POSITIVE: ...that this guy was on in between TGI and YC, so we hoofed it across the complex to the rap stage. I didn't expect much and was thoroughly amused by this dorky little white guy's witty and fast rapping. It was cool.
9A Skylit Drive
Wires...and the Concept of Breathing

NEUTRAL: I caught them playing a side stage on the walk between TGI and Watsky, and decided to park it for a song. Was new material I didn't know. I can't believe I used to like that whiny singing. Their singer is a big dude, its weird that his voice is like that. Whatever.
Ocean Avenue

POSITIVE: Holy nostalgia, which was the theme of the day if you can't tell. They opened with Way Away, my favorite, and they were my girlfriends favorite band for years, so she thoroughly enjoyed them. However, I had to leave before Ocean Avenue to make it to the highlight of my day...
11Every Time I Die
From Parts Unknown

BIG FUCKING POSITIVE: It was my first time seeing ETID, they're the reason I was at Warped, and fucking hell did they not disappoint. As late in the day and tired as we all were, both the band and crowd went absolutely insane for 30 raucous minutes of the best music of the day. Collapsed in the shade with a cigarette the second the last chords of "No Son of Mine" rang out.
12The Devil Wears Prada

POSITIVE: I loved TDWP back in the day so I felt obliged to check em out. We watched from a distance for a few songs. I was surprised that Hranica's screams weren't completely atrocious, and the band seemed to sound tight. As tight as they could sound playing the monotous chugfest of a setlist they chose. I found myself bored and wandered back to the Monster stage to catch one song from Vanna that I specifically was dying to see live for years.
A New Hope

POSITIVE: Trashmouth. The best Vanna song hands down, and the staple closer of their setlist, what with it's stupid fun breakdown. The crowd was lively and there were a few dudes screaming along right in front with me. The vocalist saw this and seconds before the vocals in the breakdown kick in, hands over the mic to me. Dream come true. I screamed the verse of the breakdown, trading off with other people who obviously knew the words. And then it was over, I was tired, sweaty, and hoarse, but also exalted. Warped Tour success.
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