For most people who go to the Vans Warped Tour, their hometown date is one of the most anticipated dates of the year. My local date was in Detroit, Michigan, which was an awesome time, but this year I was lucky enough to attend two dates, which was a great decision on my part. Even though the venue in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio wasn’t as enjoyable as the one in Detroit, I still enjoyed myself considerably. So without further adieu, these are the bands that I witnessed for my second go at Warped Tour.
We Came As Romans – Score: 1/5
Awards: *The Where’s My Auto-Tune? Award*
We Came As Romans is clearly one of the most popular bands in what most kids know as the “screamo scene.” Using mostly gimmicks like synth, breakdowns and auto-tune to earn their fan-base, WCAR became one of those bands that just makes lovers of true no-bullshit music sad and their live performance didn’t help their case at all. Chugging along is fun for maybe two seconds and even though unclean vocalist David Stephens held his own on the stage, clean vocalist Kyle Pavone sounded like a hyena giving birth to a rhinoceros and his cheesy dance moves made him painful to the eyes and ears. Just bad.
Enter Shikari – Score 4/5
Awards: *The Most Entertaining Band Award*
Four-piece British outfit Enter Shikari knows how to put on a show. Every silly dance move and word spoken from each member was downright hilarious and as vocalist Rou Reynolds tossed a mic through the air (mic stand and all!) then proceeded to dangle from the rafters behind the stage, I couldn’t help but think that these guys are just so fun to watch and I highly recommend them to anyone even if they aren’t a fan of the music. Check. These. Guys. Out!
Standout Song: “Zzzonked”
Set Your Goals – Score: 4.5/5
Awards: *The Redemption Award*
If you read my review of the Detroit date, (and if you haven’t click here and do it ya ninny!) then you already know how disappointed I was with Set Your Goals at that date, but luckily someone lit a fire under their behinds in Ohio as they had one of the more flawless sets of the day. Each song was full of energy and the crowd response was perfect. The whole crowd was on its feet during songs like “Summer Jam” and “Certain” and the pit was wide and crazy during songs like “Gaia Bleeds” and “Mutiny!.” So all in all, SYG redeemed themselves and I was very pleased that they had done so.
Standout Song: “Mutiny!”
The Dangerous Summer – Score: 2/5
Awards: *The Legitimately Disappointing Award*
I don’t know if it was just a bad day for the band or if it was the fact that they were playing in an amphitheater with terrible sound quality, but The Dangerous Summer just sounded out of synch and were really disappointing as I had heard nothing but good things about their set. (Looking at you Pat Haynes!)
3OH!3 – Score: 3/5
Awards: *The Party Hard Award*
Okay. Most of us know how unimpressive 3OH!3’s musical abilities are. Their lyrics are very…blatant, and their entire music catalog could be created in 20 minutes on GarageBand. But with that said, these guys sure do know how to have a good time. Some people might not believe it by how displeasing their lyrics are, but both Sean Foreman and Nathaniel Motte are pretty funny, chill guys. Yeah, their music is terrible but you have to give them credit for putting on a good show.
Paramore – Score: 3/5
Awards: *The Incredibly Overrated Award*
I have to admit, I was a little excited to see Paramore in Ohio. They didn’t play the Detroit date and I have never seen them live, but boy was I underwhelmed. I was expecting a great show backed by the huge voice of Hayley Williams. Even though the show was okay to watch to say the least and Williams is definitely good to look at, Williams’ performance vocally was really just “meh” to me. The other musicians in the band came off as surprisingly sloppy which was a real bummer as well.
Standout Song: “Careful”
Every Avenue – Score 3.5/5
Awards: *The Sexiest Vocalist Award* *The We’re So Glad To Be Here Award*
I’ve always considered Every Avenue to be just All Time Low with a better vocalist and that was pretty much proven on this date. Singer Dave Strauchman’s performance shined just as brightly as his glistening chest, earning him a spot on my top vocalists of the day list as well as the coveted “Sexiest Vocalist Award,” in a smashing upset over Hayley Williams. The rest of Every Avenue seemed to be having a great time and in turn, so did the crowd.
Standout Song: “Tell Me I’m A Wreck”
The Wonder Years – Score: 4/5
Awards: *The Shitty Sound Quality; Awesome Set Award*
The Wonder Years are well-known for their energetic live show, which is exactly what we got in Ohio, but the set was somewhat dampened by the terrible sound quality that I had previously mentioned in the amphitheater. Vocalist Dan “Soupy” Campbell proved once again that he is one of the most energetic frontmen in pop-punk and drummer Mike Kennedy followed suit in the drumming category. Even though the quality wasn’t that great, Soupy and the gang put on another great set as expected and I was utterly satisfied once again.
Standout Song: “Local Man Ruins Everything”
So as the day ended, my second trip to the Vans Warped Tour proved to be another undoubtedly enjoyable one and I learned once again why the tour is such a smashing success.