I used my really great (and obvious) title for last year’s Warped recap, so I’m stuck with generically listing them from now on.
Anyway, this was my SIXTH Warped experience!
For some reason, a bunch of bands on our list were playing between 1:50 and 3:20, so it was hard to determine who we saw and who we neglected, but we generally went with bands we’d never seen before (which meant I missed Neck Deep and The Wonder Years, but that’s okay because they both have new albums coming out, so I’ll catch them on tour). We “discovered” some new bands we ended up liking it (Moose Blood), saw some old favourites (Family Force 5), and managed to catch the top three bands we most wanted to see: PVRIS, Hands Like Houses, and Mallory Knox.
In order of when we saw them:
As It Is
They sound better live than they do recorded; also, he has a very high voice.
Vocalist Lynn sounds even more powerful live than recorded, and it’s so impressive. They played the main stage, and it was well deserved.
A British band that has an old-school Taking Back Sunday vibe? Count me in!
Hands Like Houses
Three words: Australian David Beckham. The music is excellent too.
We weren’t that impressed with them, which was sad because we were expecting their set to blow us away.
Black Veil Brides
Andy’s voice is considerably deeper than you would expect from someone who looks so effeminate, but it was a pleasant surprise.
Classic pop-punk. You can’t really go wrong with Man Overboard, even if Zac’s dancing weirds us out.
It’s impossible to stand still during one of their shows – it’s always so much fun.
Set It Off
“Why Worry” is such a jam.
We were front row and we didn’t stop screaming from the time they walked on stage. It was amazing.
We also saw part of ’68,Juliet Simms, and August Burns Red, plus the first song from This Wild Life before we wandered away to look for the Mallory Knox band members (we ended up finding Mikey, the singer, who was very sweet!).
Overall, it was one of the most successful Warped experiences we’ve had, despite it raining for the first 6.5 hours (including an hour when we were standing in line to get in). I can’t wait to see what next year brings!