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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...
|1||Born of Osiris|
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
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
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.
|4||Of 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.
|5||Cute 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.
|6||Courage 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.
|7||The 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.
|9||A 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.
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...
|11||Every 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.
|12||The 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.
|Shout out to the manufacturer's of The Kind Pen for making a discreet vaporizer, the dude who made the hash oil I had for making a beautiful product, and Brostep for the format of this list.|
|When I saw tdwp live they were surprisingly solid too|
|should have gone to see protomen, marmozets, and lionize. those were the 3 best bands i saw behind etid|
|yeah the courage my love bassist can't scream for his life js. did they play their surprisingly mediocre cover of dark horse for you too?|
|I saw 1, 2, 4, 10, and 12 when I went.|
1 sucked, 2 didn't impress me at all, I thought Austin sounded great (better than last year, and had better stage presence too) but yeah cleans sucked, 10 ruled, 12 ruled and Mike sounded much better than the last time I saw them (and iirc, their setlist was voted on by fans for every stop so they didn't actually choose it)
|ES always put on a great show|
|I saw a bit of Lionize's set, but not enough to take it in. I dont know if they played the KP cover but i would assume so. It was all in all a good day. Better than I expected|
|I enjoyed reading this, despite having little interest in any of these bands. I went to warped tour '09 and '10 and it was semi-enjoyable, but there were so many shit people everywhere. A hash pen is a good idea though, maybe I should try that. I skipped out on Mayhem too, because it was a lame lineup.|
|Plus ETID live is wicked|
|yeah i wasnt thriled with the lineup... at all. we more went for the experience and honestly the crowd was one of the best parts. People watching all days. Warped Tour is a circus and it is hilarious.|
It actually ended up being pretty fun though seeing some not so objectively great bands that i used to like back in the day. Plus Yellowcard and ETID are actually good and I dig them on a regular basis now.