Pumped up for this - The Story So Far got the biggest reaction out of all the Warped Tour interviews I did in 2014, so thank you to everyone who read it. 300 cap room!

Pumped up for this - The Story So Far got the biggest reaction out of all the Warped Tour interviews I did in 2014, so thank you to everyone who read it. 300 cap room!

haulix:

Hello and welcome to a very special mid-week edition of our popular Journalism Tips series. We normally hold these columns until Saturday, but due to the time sensitive nature of the content contained within this post we decided to run it a few days early. Don’t worry, there will be something new…

Hey, I wrote this up real quick for my buddy James at Haulix. I love Warped, I’m still working on uploading interviews from the 7 days I was out.

Warped Tour Day Blog #1 - Pomona, CA

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First off, Pomona smells really bad. Like when I say bad, I mean flat out HORRIBLE. Also, what’s up with the lack of sidewalks? I almost got hit by a car 3 or 4 different times trying to get to the front gate…goodness gracious. Despite the interesting environment, the weather was actually quite nice - 92F with a slight breeze.

After checking into press, I had enough time to build my schedule around the interviews I that day: DJ Scout (Issues), Micheal Jagmin (Vocals - A Skylit Drive), and Alex Koehler (Chelsea Grin).

I started off with Stray From The Path on the Monster Energy stage at a very frustrating 11:15am time slot. It’s never easy to play right as gates open, but I was really impressed with how the band handled it - they waited an extra 3 or 4 minutes before launching into their set. It’s actually quite amazing how many people can pile into an area in just a few minutes. One of my favorite things about the band is guitarist Tom Williams, and how he’s able to properly utilize his guitar pedals - it’s actually really quite amazing. Songs such as “Negative and Violent” and “Mad Girl” really got the early crowd moving and warmed up for the day.

Next, I was able to get to the Acoustic Basement right as Bad Rabbits was set to begin. What a treat! I really loved how “Fall In Love” translated. I can’t wait to see their full band set soon.

 

After doing a few interviews, I made a dash over to the Kia Soul Mainstage to see The Ghost Inside play. I am so happy with how far this band has come - the very first time I saw them play was on the Bring Me The Horizon “Suicide Season” tour in mid to late 2008, and since then, I’ve been a huge fan. To be able to see one of my favorite bands play their hometown was a huge blessing that I’ll never ever forget. It was great to see songs like “Faith or Forgiveness” and “Test The Limits” in the setlist. This is a DO NOT MISS set if you attend the Warped Tour.

One of my favorite things about Warped Tour is how many awesome bands play on it. After seeing one of my favorite bands in The Ghost Inside play, I ran across to see another one of my favorite bands, Terror, play on the Monster Energy stage. This was also Terror’s hometown show as well. I loved hearing “Keep Your Mouth Shut” and “Overcome”. Vocalist Scott Vogel is one of my favorite vocalists period, because he speaks his mind and means what he says. He made it very clear that Terror is an anti-racist band, an anti-homophobic band, and a positive hardcore band - what a legend.

 

Yellowcard played over at the Kia Soul Mainstage, and I was absolutely BLOWN AWAY by how diverse their setlist was. They opened with “Lights And Sounds”, and proceeded to rip into other fan favorites such as “With You Around”, “Awakening”, and more. Also, everyone got to see violinist/vocalist Sean Mackin do a backflip, so that was cool! As you probably could’ve guessed, they closed with “Ocean Avenue”, as the crowd freaked out and sang along.

 

The Word Alive played over at the Monster Energy stage directly after Yellowcard concluded, so I barely made it there in time after weaving through the heavy crowd traffic.

 

Falling In Reverse closed out the night over at the Kia Rio Mainstage, which was conveniently located next to the parking lot, so I basically had no excuse not to watch. Vocalist Ronnie Radke had a pretty humorous bit of stage banter with (new?) bassist Max Green (formerly of Escape The Fate), where they knock on the stage and ask if anyone is there. The band significantly outdrew any other band that day, which wasn’t particularly surprising. I was also surprised to see the diverse range of people singing along to the band’s performance - dads, bikers, teens, etc. The dummy cabs that the band have set up look pretty cool too.

 

Overall, not a bad first day on Warped Tour. I really enjoyed myself quite a bit, and got to see a lot of great people I haven’t seen in a month or so.

 

Check back tomorrow for Day 2 - Mountain View

This is a really important interview to me. Joel is a great guy, and I really appreciate the kindness he’s shown me over the last couple of years. Can’t wait for them to come back in the fall.

We talk about Warped Tour, egotism, new album (Let The Ocean Take Me), and more.

vigiltgi:

PLEASE take a second to read this, to repost and donate if you can.
Music has always been the biggest part of my life. I was able to find myself though music at a young and very impressionable age. And it’s all because I was fortunate enough to be raised in a household that not only loved to listen to music, but had the means to play music everyday. It saddens me to think that some families just don’t have that luxury.
For those who don’t know, I lost my little brother very unexpectedly one night due to an unforeseen heart problem. I never got to say goodbye to him and it really tore me up inside. I was broken up about it for so long and I when I needed something to turn to, I turned to music. Because music had always been there for me. So I, along with the help of my bandmates, wrote a song to help me deal with the loss of him. That song is called “White Light”
One night while performing “White Light” I broke down on stage. I just let the music move me. There was a photographer that night named Tayler Aubin who captured the moment. And although I was hesitant to post the picture online, I wanted to show how therapeutic music can be for someone.
When I saw the overwhelming reaction to this picture I knew that I wasn’t alone in this feeling. To read all the comments about people who have gone through something similar, or have lost somebody close to them and knew what it was like to just break down. Surprisingly to me, most of them found comfort in our song “White Light” in the way that it had comforted me.
It was at that time that I knew I wanted to make this moment something more. I decided that I wanted to help spread the gift of music to kids who might not otherwise have the opportunity my brother and I had growing up. So thanks to the help of Little Kids Rock and photographer Tayler Aubin, we’re going to be holding a sweepstakes where will be giving away five signed prints of the “White Light” picture where ALL the proceeds go to help put music into kids hands, heads, and hearts who may never have had the means before.
I appreciate your time and the kids will appreciate your donation. www.littlekidsrock.org/whitelight

vigiltgi:

PLEASE take a second to read this, to repost and donate if you can.

Music has always been the biggest part of my life. I was able to find myself though music at a young and very impressionable age. And it’s all because I was fortunate enough to be raised in a household that not only loved to listen to music, but had the means to play music everyday. It saddens me to think that some families just don’t have that luxury.

For those who don’t know, I lost my little brother very unexpectedly one night due to an unforeseen heart problem. I never got to say goodbye to him and it really tore me up inside. I was broken up about it for so long and I when I needed something to turn to, I turned to music. Because music had always been there for me. So I, along with the help of my bandmates, wrote a song to help me deal with the loss of him. That song is called “White Light”

One night while performing “White Light” I broke down on stage. I just let the music move me. There was a photographer that night named Tayler Aubin who captured the moment. And although I was hesitant to post the picture online, I wanted to show how therapeutic music can be for someone.

When I saw the overwhelming reaction to this picture I knew that I wasn’t alone in this feeling. To read all the comments about people who have gone through something similar, or have lost somebody close to them and knew what it was like to just break down. Surprisingly to me, most of them found comfort in our song “White Light” in the way that it had comforted me.

It was at that time that I knew I wanted to make this moment something more. I decided that I wanted to help spread the gift of music to kids who might not otherwise have the opportunity my brother and I had growing up. So thanks to the help of Little Kids Rock and photographer Tayler Aubin, we’re going to be holding a sweepstakes where will be giving away five signed prints of the “White Light” picture where ALL the proceeds go to help put music into kids hands, heads, and hearts who may never have had the means before.

I appreciate your time and the kids will appreciate your donation. www.littlekidsrock.org/whitelight

What Are You Listening To?
PORTLAND, OR - Absolutepunk.net AFTERPARTY @ GROUND KONTROL ARCADE (ACROSS THE STREET FROM VENUE)
21+, $5 FREE PLAY, 11:30pm-2:30am - FULL BAR AVAILABLE
Appearances from various members on the American Dream Tour

PORTLAND, OR - Absolutepunk.net AFTERPARTY @ GROUND KONTROL ARCADE (ACROSS THE STREET FROM VENUE)

21+, $5 FREE PLAY, 11:30pm-2:30am - FULL BAR AVAILABLE

Appearances from various members on the American Dream Tour

CT Fletcher is the man. Don’t make excuses for inactivity, whether it be school, work, or the gym. Go! 

I supported my new friend Brandon’s wallet brand, MostRad. He also plays bass in metalcore band For The Fallen Dreams, a band I’ve been listening to since 2007. Order HERE

Jason Aalon and I didn’t win the prize for Westchester Youth & Government, but dammit, it still went to a good charity, the Ronald McDonald House of Albany. Congrats to Brandon Pagano of Handguns! 

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