Well, we are officially 31 days from the 20th Anniversary of The Vans Warped Tour. I, myself, have been in attendance for eight of these tours in New Jersey (Hey Kevin Lyman, shouldn’t I be eligible for a dedication award or something?). There are more than 100 bands that will be in attendance for your concert-going pleasure, covering a broad spectrum of genres for your hungry musical appetites. Over the years, Warped Tour has diversified itself completely, where not only do you have the rock acts of old, but some hip-hop and electronic acts as well (as well as many other genres). Luckily for you, for this 3 Of The Week, I’m going to briefly highlight some bands you should look out for this year.
1. “Time Of Your Life” – Parkway Drive (July 2nd-August 3rd)
There are a lot of bands that I like that have origins overseas, particularly in Australia (I Killed The Prom Queen, Northlane). One of my favorite metalcore bands currently is Parkway Drive. I’ve seen them on tour supporting Bring Me The Horizon and on previous Warped Tour stops and they always bring a brutal, energetic edge to their shows. Lead singer Winston McCall effortlessly reproduces his ferocious screams from his studio records on a great backdrop of clashing guitars and percussion. They are on a limited, month-long run, but don’t miss their set if you are in the area.
2. “Share With Me” – Dayshell (Entire Tour)
I was a big fan of Of Mice and Men’s first two records, mainly due to the talents of clean vocalist Shayley Bourget. In 2012, he left Of Mice and Men and started his own band, which released its self titled debut in 2013, which was a shock to me because he was so instrumental in the band’s sound. This record not only provided Bourget with his own story, but injected a fresh sound into metal with influences from Deftones to Incubus. I have yet to see them live, but given how good the debut is, I’m going to suggest Dayshell’s set, assuming of course that the energy of the record can translate to a live setting.
3. “Moral Of The Story” – Watsky (Entire Tour)
Warped Tour is still primarily looked upon as a punk/metal festival. In recent years, rap and hip-hop acts have become much more prevalent. One of my favorite independent acts that is going to be around for the entire tour is Watsky. As a big Atmosphere fan, as well as a fellow poet, Watsky has been made in the same mold. His first independent album, Cardboard Castles, was recently number 1 on the iTunes hip-hop chart. If you are looking for some introspective and lyrical hip-hop, don’t miss Watsky’s set this year.