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|Brostep Goes To Warped Tour 2014|
Just got back from Warped. Wasn't officially covering it for Sput but that's
what lists are for, right? List will go over good and bad things of the day.
NEGATIVE - TRAFFIC. Standstill traffic for 6 miles approaching the venue, which I
suffered through for about 45 minutes before finding a back road via Google Maps.
This meant that...
Life as a Dog
NEGATIVE - I MISSED K.FLAY'S SET. Serious bummer - she performed first, and I
got there about 45 minutes late. She was one of five artists I really wanted to see,
too, which was a bummer.
|3||Crown The Empire|
POSITIVE - CROWD. The crowd was surprisingly excellent for the most part. I was
expecting rude (younger) teenagers sullenly updating Instagram, but for the most
part the crowd was very respectful of artists they didn't know and supportive of
artists they did. (Obviously, it helps that I'm still a teenager and can schmooze
with the best of them.) However...
NEGATIVE - LIONIZE'S CROWD. There were a couple reasons Lionize, despite some
kick-ass stoner rock jams, had such a disappointing crowd. First, they were
performing on a dual-artist stage, where on the other half of the stage the staff
were setting up for We Are The In Crowd. Second, Lionize are not your standard-
fare Warped material, and WATIC are. Thus, the crowd was pretty densely packed
over at the WATIC side and not paying attention at all to Lionize. It sucks, but the
Warped crowd can be pretty fickle.
POSITIVE - I AVOIDED RONNIE RADKE. Thank goodness for that. What's more, it
turns out that even people who have a passing interest in Falling in Reverse
typically hate him too.
|6||Falling in Reverse|
The Drug in Me is You
NEGATIVE - FALLING IN REVERSE SHIRTS. About 1 in 20 people there were
wearing a FiR tee or tank top of some sort. Their logo isn't even that interesting,
either, so it's not like it's possible to appreciate the sheer artistry of the shirt.
|7||Of Mice and Men|
POSITIVE - BANDS. I had an atypical Warped experience, as I don't like screamed
vocals or metalcore (least of all watered-down metalcore), but the bands I saw
were pretty fantastic - there wasn't a bad performance anywhere.
POSITIVE - BAD RABBITS. Their funk/pop/RnB blend went over quite well, no doubt
thanks to the charisma and dancing skills of their lead singer, who controlled the
crowd for their entire set. Very fun, summery music.
POSITIVE - ECHOSMITH. Taking the award for "most twee band at Warped,"
Echosmith put on quite a nice display of pop-a-licious goodness. The smartly
dressed quartet bounced around, singing about love and happiness and whatever
else indie-ish-pop groups sing about, and though I hadn't heard their stuff
beforehand it was a very satisfying performance.
POSITIVE - YELLOWCARD. Is there any surprise here? Ryan Key is one of the most
competent pop-rock masterminds of the past dozen-odd years, and their expertise
shone through. Easily the most packed part of the day for me (the other bands I
wanted to see were at the significantly smaller Ernie Ball stage), the main-stage
environment was less intimate (obviously) but also conducted the electric buzz of
Yellowcard's greatest hits naturally, and it was definitely a high point of the day.
POSITIVE - PVRIS. The young four-piece hometown heroes (from Lowell, about an
hour or so away from Mansfield) put on a high-energy performance - it's clear
they're a talented group, no doubt buffeted by Lynn Gunn's fantastic voice, which
carries over well live. ALSO: I got to interview Lynn briefly after the show - stick
around for that to go up probably early next week.
|12||Bowling for Soup|
The Great Burrito Extortion Case
POSITIVE - BOWLING FOR SOUP ARE STILL KICKING AROUND. They've been
around for God knows how long at this point, and they were easily the oldest
artists at the festival, but they still know how to be Bowling for Soup: be
incredibly immature and irreverent in a good-natured way all the time. I only
caught the tail end of their set, but they still know how to rock (or at least pretend
|13||Courage My Love|
POSITIVE - COURAGE MY LOVE. The young Ontario pop-punkers have a crowd-
controlling savvy far beyond their years, and it was refreshing to see the Arn-Horn
sisters' charisma. They even wove in a cover of Katy Perry's "Dark Horse," which
was good until...
|14||Courage My Love|
NEGATIVE - THE CML BASSIST CAN'T REALLY SCREAM. What exacerbated the
problem was that in place of the weird-sexy-whatever "there's no going back" he
substituted a half-hearted high scream. He's a pretty good bassist, probably, but
he didn't have the same cool composure as the other two members, and looked
like he'd probably be more at home with Ice Nine Kills over at the Monster stage.
|15||I Fight Dragons|
POSITIVE - I FIGHT DRAGONS. The excellent chip-rock group (and probably my
number 2 guilty pleasure, behind Anamanaguchi) put on a satisfying (if stripped-
down - no Rock Band MIDI controller? Seriously?) performance near the end of the
day. They showcased some new material from their excellently-covered The Near
Future as well as two songs from KABOOM!, and closed with a bewildering cover of
Tegan and Sara's "Everything is Awesome."
NEGATIVE - TRASH. Trash everywhere. I mean, it's one thing when one or two
people don't clean up after themselves, but when half the crowd is leaving some
discarded plate on the ground? I feel for the maintenance crew.
NEUTRAL - MONSTER ENERGY. All of the artists were drinking water from cans of
Monster, which was a bit unsettling. Also, corporate advertising is ruining music
and so on and so forth
That's all I got!
|Sounds interesting, although I'm really only interested in Bad Religion for this tour.|
|it's a shame 4 happened, I happen to love that album.|
but I'm pleasantly surprised with 12 so...
|bowling for soup is a fun band ya but cool list|
|yeah bfs are pree cool. glad I got to see Lionize briefly too as I didn't know they were gonna be there|
|What a self-featuring kinda guy|
|Warped Tour seemed dead to me, but it actually doesn't seem too bad from this list.|
|Not surprising that you enjoyed Of Mice & Men even not liking the genre. They put on a hell of a show.|
|bad rabbits are at warped? coolio|
|My favorites at Warped were Beartooth, The Story So Far, and Parkway Drive. Stray From The Path was tight, Motionless In White was surprisingly good, and Ice Nine Kills was solid.|
|"The Story So Far, and Parkway Drive"|
Pretty much two of the only reasons I go to Warped Tour
|"All of the artists were drinking water from cans of Monster"|
|""All of the artists were drinking water from cans of Monster""|
sounds like you had quite a night there..
|Awesome list. Hearing 16 sucks, I went warped last year and I don't remember it being very dirty.|
|yeah dude at summerfest where i go the trash is probably even worse. it is absolutely disgusting and makes me want to not come back. but i can't pass up rise against, arctic monkeys and third eye blind.|
|I can't imagine ever wanting to go to warped, so congrats on actually staying for as long as you did|
|As far as I can tell, since Monster was sponsoring the whole shebang they got exclusive drink rights, and since Monster is generally not what you want to drink the artists had water in the cans or something|
|Arcade lol, it's really not that bad. |
|theres like 1 in 15 bands that I can tolerate on warped tour. would much rather hold out for smaller shows that less angsty kids will be at|
|Intimate club shows are definitely better but there are some good bands on warped|
|"Also, corporate advertising is ruining music and so on and so forth"|
Well, it supported this list...
|im sorry you wasted time going to warped tour|
|I think it Warped his mind.|
|WHITE BOI ON THE BEAT ROCKIN GUCCI SNEAKS|
|didnt see ES smh|
|who actually drinks monster|
|I know a guy who drinks Red Bull, but none who drink Monster|
|I'd love to see Bad Rabbits live|
how did all the edgy scene kids react to their fun music?
|Sup I actually drink Monster.|
|I like coffee monster|
|Yeah I dig monster as well|
the ultra red white and blue ones are the shit
|I don't mind red bull occasionally but monster is so sickly sweet it's like a can of fucking sugar|
|@owantjaaaa Bad Rabbits told the crowd to mosh and they did which was weird given the music but whatever|
|Hey brostep I'm going to warped on Wednesday, I'm wanting to see WATIC so could you explain this split stage thing?|
|didnt even see falling in reverse smh|
|will this looks awful man. just sayin i don't even see etid which is usually the one redeemer to warped. however, props for catching 10|
|Sounds like a pretty shitty time |
|Basically split stage means that there are two stages next to each other and while one is used for playing the other is being set up for the next band|
|Looks like a terrible fest.|
|DUDE NO PROTOMEN???|
|There were some good bands there and you managed to avoid all of them. |
|being mad at corporate sponsorship is silly tbh|
|Yeah it was more facetious than anything else but sarcasm is tough to pick up via text-based mediums or whatevs the |
|Went for the first time this year just cause i never went as a youngster. Was pretty happy with the whole experience, even
just people watching was great. The Warped crowd is a fucking circus. I managed to catch...
Born of Osiris
Of mice & men
Cute is what we aim for
Courage my love(passing)
The ghost inside
A skylit drive (passing)
Every time I die, the devil wears prada, vanna|