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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...
2K. Flay
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.
3Crown The Empire
The Fallout

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...
Jetpack Soundtrack

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.
5Ronnie Radke
Watch Me

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.
6Falling 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.
7Of Mice and Men
Restoring Force

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.
8Bad Rabbits
American Love

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.
Talking Dreams

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.
Southern Air

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.
12Bowling 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 to know).
13Courage My Love
For Now

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...
14Courage 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.
15I 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.
Singles Club

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!
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