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08.05.13 Warped Tour San Antonio, 2013

Warped Tour San Antonio, 2013

These are the bands I saw at this year's Warped. This list doesn't include bands I didn't go out rrrrrrof my way to see/didn't pay attention to.
This Is How the Wind Shifts

Silverstein was the first band I saw and it was pretty obvious the crowd was still sleepy, for the most part, minus the fairly crazy mosh pit that opened up halfway through the set, but they got more energetic later on in the set. The band did a great job slowly getting the crowd moving, and Shane in particular sounded great. I was glad to hear that it's true he's vastly improved his vocals since Silverstein's earlier days.
2 The Wonder Years
Suburbia: I've Given You All and Now I'm Nothing

As I expected, these guys kicked SERIOUS ass at their set. Every band member was really energetic(the bassist especially), and Soupy convinced me even further that he's one of the baddest motherfuckers in the industry. They were fantastic and the crowd loved them. 'Nuff said.
Fake History (Re-Release)

While TWY was awesome, letlive was PHENOMENALLY good, and they honestly managed to blow them out of the water. From Jason's emotional speech before Muther, to his eventual detour from singing to run across the top of several lined up porta potties in front of the stage, they were truly something else. Not to mention the crowd's reaction to them, which was easily one of the very most insane I was in all day(I even got mildly concussed by a fat guy who tried using me as the sole person to help him crowdsurf). letlive gave THE best performance at Warped and I let them know it several times when I met them later.
4 Chiodos
All's Well That Ends Well

While letlive's crowd was only moderately sized and insane, Chiodos' was massive and insane, which led to the most intense and sweaty experience of the day. They did an awesome job, which was great to see, since I've seen plenty of older concert footage where Craig seemed like he didn't give a shit and made the audience sing everything, but he never got lazy here. The best performer, though, was former Fall of Troy member Thomas Erak. From his excellent clean and unclean vocals to his occasional air humping and acrobatics, it's obvious that he's the new star of this band. Awesome experience overall.
5Oh, Sleeper
Children of Fire

I didn't see too much of Oh, Sleeper(only around three songs), since I was in a hurry to get to letlive's signing, but what I saw of them was pretty impressive. Their crowd was quite small, for whatever reason, but they were enthusiastic and full of energy anyway. While the clean vocalist had to strain some to get his job done and only sounded alright, the unclean singer was excellent vocally, and was the only really animated member of the band. I plan on seeing these guys in the near future to get a better look at what they can do.
6Billy Talent
Billy Talent II

The third best performance of the day, Billy Talent was simply badass. Every band member was clearly into their performance and did great, but Ben in particular put on an entertaining show by asking the crowd waiting for Black Veil Brides what they were staring at an empty stage for before inviting them to watch BT(which most of them didn't...). He also talked about the current music scene, the Toronto Raptors' shittiness, and past American tours. Despite a lot of people not knowing the band, Billy Talent got nearly everyone jumping and throwing up devil horns by the end of their set. A badass, interesting, and nice group of dudes.
7The Amity Affliction

I barely caught these guys after seeing Billy Talent, but I heard the second half of their set and they were just as great as I expected. They did an awesome job controlling the crowd and, as I've seen in live videos online, both vocalists are absolutely sick at what they do. The unclean vocalist has one of the best screams I've heard, and Ahren, the bassist, has one of the strongest voices I've heard in a hardcore band. TAF managed to get quite a bit of energy out of me, despite me nearly passing out from dehydration after Chiodos.
8The Story So Far
Under Soil and Dirt

I only caught three songs from these guys, and I wasn't quite as into their performance as I expected to be, but they did just as well as I expected. Parker apparently got into a motorcycle accident a couple days prior, but he didn't show it at all, and gave the crowd credit for that. I would have stayed if I didn't want to go to Billy Talent's signing, but they didn't disappoint from what I saw from them.
9 Bring Me The Horizon
There Is A Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It

The last major performance of the night, and I'd say the biggest crowd draw of the day besides (I assume)Sleeping With Sirens. I essentially missed their first two songs, but I managed to see most of their set from the very back of their humongous crowd, and they had one of the very craziest audiences of all the bands I went to, from what I saw. Everyone in the band did great, and Oli convinced the crowd to make easily the biggest circle pit I'd seen all day. They also did this thing where they had Jordan Fish and a friend of the band race in inflatable rafts held up by the crowd that was fun. I skipped their last song since they decided to close with Antivist, for whatever reason, but they did great during the songs I saw.
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