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Warped Tour Bands Rated

My opinions on the bands I saw at Warped Tour in 2011.
1The Word Alive

This was the first band I saw when I got there. They were one of the reasons I wanted to go to begin with. I guess Im one of the few on the site that actually enjoyed Deceiver. Anyways, they put on a great show, with my only issue being that the vocalist occasionally had issues with the clean vocals due to lack of breath. The guitar playing was spot on.
2August Burns Red

This was my third time seeing them, and they put on an entertaining show as always. The new stuff wasn't as well received as the older, but I guess that's to be expected. One of the guitars was messed up so I could only hear Dustin's guitar and not JB's. Jake's vocals were a lot better than previous times I had seen them. Worth seeing if you have the chance.
3Of Mice and Men

I only saw them because there was no other band playing at the time. They were surprisingly decent, with excellent guitar tone and their bassist/clean vocalist's vocals being spot on.
4Relient K

An old favorite of mine, just because I grew up with them. Played a good bit of stuff off of Forget, a cover of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, and a few off of 5 score and MMHMM. Excellent vocals as always.

This is where my day takes a turn for the worst. I was curious to see this band, as I didn't absolutely despise their first album and nobody else was playing at the time. I expected them to at least be okay and album quality. Long story short, Craig was absolutely terrible. The band got out of sync multiple times, with the guitar and drums being in two separate tempos, and the only real vocals Craig did was telling his fans to "Jump you motherfuckers". Besides that he pretty much had the crowd sing the whole time. Absolutely terrible.
6Enter Shikari

I only caught a bit of their set, but they had a big crowd and had some good instrumental stuff going on. Their vocalist seemed a bit winded, but I definitely liked their sound.
7The Acacia Strain

I love these guys. They didn't fit on this tour at all, and yet drew a huge crowd. They played a really wide setlist, even including a few songs from The Dead Walk. Vincent's vocals are incredible live.
8Against Me!

I was really excited to see this band, and honestly it was a bit of a letdown. They just don't seem pissed anymore. It felt like Miley Cyrus singing Smells Like Teen Spirit. Just fake and void of meaning.
9Go Radio

Im gonna be honest. I was really excited to see this band. I loved their album Lucky Street and a few songs off the EP. That being said, my problem wasn't their performance. The harmonies were off most of the time, but the lead vocals were great and instrumentally they were too. Their attitudes pissed me off. You don't get up and play softer pop punk songs while throwing 20 "fuck"'s a minute out and doing a bass drop every 4 beats. It was confusing and weird to listen to "So goodnight moon, and goodnigh- JUMP YOU MOTHERFUCKERS"
10The Wonder Years

Easily the best band I saw that day. They got the crowd moving like no other band there, with constant crowd surfing and stage dives. The vocals were spot on, with screams added in that aren't on the record. Just a very fun band.
11The Devil Wears Prada

This was pretty cool. Right when they started playing their Zombie EP material, a cloud literally came out of nowhere, and a torrential downpour started. It didn't stop the rest of the night. I was soaked and people were just building energy off of the storm going on around us. They played some new stuff that sounds fast and promising compared to their terrible old stuff. Only issue was I couldn't hear the keyboards at all.
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