The 10 Bands to Catch at Vans Warped Tour This Weekend
Mike Brooks There should be a lot of this happening at Warped Tour this weekend
Oh, it's that time of year again. It's the time for all those sweaty punk and metal (and whatever bizarre blend of either) bands to descend on Fair Park under the banner of the Vans Warped Tour. This go-around features a lot of variety and many new(er) bands that should offer the dehydrated masses some excellent music and mosh pits.
Whether Warped Tour is an occasion you look forward to every year or something you scorn, there are plenty of reasons to brave the sun at Gexa Enegy Pavilion this Sunday. Here's our list of the 10 bands we think you should search out as you traverse the wild and wonderful world of Vans Warped.
There is always room for some stupid and fun hard rock on the Warped Tour and California's Acidic are glad to provide it. Fronted by the gleefully demented Michael Gossard, Acidic play silly music with serious energy.
Formed by Caleb Shomo from Attack Attack!, Beartooth are a surprisingly straightforward hardcore punk outfit from Ohio. In the studio, Shomo plays all the instruments, but for touring, he recruits several sidemen to flesh out his, ahem, warped vision. Beartooth's impressive debut album, Disgusting, hit the streets this week.
Front Porch Step
Warped Tour always has a few acoustic acts along for the ride and this year one of the best is Jake Mcelfresh. Performing under the moniker Front Porch Step, Mcelfesh writes some catchy, emotional songs and sings them with the appropriate intensity.
I Fight Dragons
Hailing out of Chicago, this fascinating four-piece combines pop/rock with something called chiptune, a synthesized electronic music made from the sound chips of vintage computers and video games. Sure, it's fairly cheesy, but the sweaty and sometimes angry masses could stand some lighthearted fare.
Although the band has only been together a couple of years, Atlanta's Issues sound like well-seasoned metalcore pros. Fronted by former Woe, is Me vocalist Tyler Carter, Issues is a raging beast of a band that has even covered Justin Bieber ("Boyfriend") and emerged unscathed.