The Warped tour will be making it’s run across America in a month’s time, beginning in Alaska and finishing in Colorado, Warped is the thing can propel bands to new heights and give new stages for new records, Warped is probably the most important music festival in America from a musician’s perspective, as it’s the easiest way to have a big crowd for your music – and these are the bands that I would go see if I wasn’t in the UK, in the rain (probably).
1. Nick Santino – Acoustic Basement on Warped all Summer – With Big Skies coming out at the end of the May, his debut solo album comes out and after two excellent EP’s released, Big Skies seems to be a promise to be excellent, with country vibes and well written songs, Nick Santino solo has an excellent catalogue of songs for you to be serenaded with in the acoustic basement on Warped – Nick Santino is much more than former band, A Rocket To The Moon’s lead singer, he’s very much his own musician – definitely catch him on tour this summer. (Key song: Keep On Going).
2. Echosmith – Journeys stage on Warped all Summer – Echosmith are a unique and interesting band and excellent live, and have had gained experience at a young age of how to put on a show, with lead singer probably the youngest person on the tour – Echosmith have a collection of songs with exquisite melodies and rhythms that you will want more of – Sydney has a really gorgeous voice and she is definitely well worth listening to on Warped – where female led singers are considered niche on Warped, Echosmith are creating their own niche sound. (Key song: Cool Kids)
3. Young Statues – Playing the Acoustic Basement (Playing 6/13-7/6) – Young Statues are a great band, who came to my attention after hearing Bumble Bee on the Glamour Kills Sampler, and are definitely worth seeing a whole set by on Warped – signed to Run For Cover records, who have an illustrious group of artists, Young Statues is certainly one of them – with a great self titled album and EP release Age Isn’t Ours, expect a unique vocal and maybe some arm waving to some acoustic jams, definitely worth seeing on Warped. (Key Song: Eraser)
4. Neck Deep – Playing the Hard Rock Kevin Says Stage all Summer – Neck Deep are freakin’ awesome live and will definitely bring the crowd to a fever pitch across America, with awesome vocals and amazing riffs, and a live show which can bring a crowd to a moshy mess, Neck Deep are going to take America by storm once again, Wishful Thinking definitely has some amazing highlights and I can assume they’ll play A Part Of Me, the song that really that got them heard – though this band is much more than a broken hearted love song now. (Key Song: Growing Pains).
5. The Color Morale – Playing the Monster Energy Stage all Summer – The Color Morale live definitely bring it on Warped tour, after sing them play the Warped tour here in the UK at Alexandra Palace last year – they’re definitely who can get things going in this situation – new album from this band comes out later in the year on Fearless Records and ‘Hold On Pain Ends‘ is definitely going to be a heavy record – expect it to hear more of this band over the coming year here in the UK, I expect great things from this band – only time will tell. (Key Song: Strange Comfort)
Other bands that stand out to me playing Warped this year include, Less Than Jake, Mayday Parade, Real Friends, The Maine, State Champs, The Summer Set, Allison Weiss, Chunk! No Captain Chunk, Mixtapes, Marmozets, We Are The In Crowd and Yellowcard – whatever your style though, Warped will definitely have something for you (unless you’re into drum and bass, then I think you’re lost).