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Warped Tour

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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Ah, Warped Tour. While last year's pickings were slim over at the Pittsburgh stop, I was surprised that even after all the acts I was looking forward to most dropped off (Gatsbys American Dream, mewithoutYou, the Fall of Troy, others I'm sure I'm forgetting), this year's lineup looked much more cons.


Ah, Warped Tour. While last year's pickings were slim over at the Pittsburgh stop, I was surprised that even after all the acts I was looking forward to most dropped off (Gatsbys American Dream, mewithoutYou, the Fall of Troy, others I'm sure I'm forgetting), this year's lineup looked much more consistent. Sure, there was the usual repeats, but I'd take familiarity over (to some, even more) watered down crap.

  • I watched the Distance for shits and giggles, and it turned out they only filled just under half their set with their questionable new style. The laughable "Inspired by You" opened the set, but luckily it was almost over by the time I'd arrived at the Hot Topic stage. That side also brought "Let It Rain" (I think). On the other side of the coin, the solid inclusions were their cover of "Anything, Anything," "Drowning in Details," and "Phase Two." So, not quite as bad I'd predicted -- good work, fellas.
  • The Bled was the first real anticipated act of the day for me and my 3 cohorts, however. I've noticed that even in the festival circuit, the band is a quality act to witness, properly releasing their intensity in frenetic but prolonged bursts. They kept a raucous crowd constantly hovered around a loose, misshapen hole in which the usual kung fu antics were practiced. One fellow in particular wearing a Hulk mask and gloves was called on stage, even letting Bled frontman James Munoz don the mask for the first minute of one song -- an entertaining site, obviously. While the set seemed to lean ever so slightly on the first of the band's 2 full-lengths, Pass the Flask, I can nearly promise the following was played: "Red Wedding," "You Know Who's Seatbelt," "Get Up You Son of a Bitch, 'Cause Mickey Loves Ya," "My Assassin," and "The Last Great American Cowboy." And even for "My Assassin," here's where the day's full, brodown display of push moshing began. Ah, Warped Tour...
  • You know, I did give Against Me!'s Searching for a Former Clarity quite a bit of shit last year by naming it my overall disappointment of 2005 -- however, I did stress it wasn't a bad effort, and I'm glad I did that, since it becomes more and more obvious these songs are much more welcomed in the live setting. Mid-tempo stomp-alongs like "From Her Lips to God's Ears" just feel a lot more easily grasped when put in front of you rather than when you place it yourself in front of you for some odd reason. In any event, that wouldn't be a problem since the band's set on tour has drawn from all 3 full-lengths quite respectably. The band was loud, tight, and to the point -- again, as on all their past sets this tour, barely a word was spoken to the audience between songs. It was a straight-forward set of rousing folk-tinged punk, and I wasn't going to complain. Other staples finding its way into the set as well: "Don't Lose Touch," "Cliché Guevara," "Sink, Florida, Sink," "Americans Abroad," "Rice and Bread," "Pints of Guinness Make You Strong" (with extended intro, of course), "Reinventing Axl Rose," "Miami" (with horn cameo from a member of High School Football Heroes), "Problems," and one other new song using a water metaphor and something about soul-splitting. Less talk, more rock.
  • Wow, so, I knew Motion City Soundtrack was big, but not that big. Garnering one of the largest crowds of the day, I watched them from quite a distance perform competent versions of "Capital H" (opener), "A-OK," "The Future Freaks Me Out," "Make Out Kids," and probably a few others from their new album I didn't much care for. Of course, I have to throw in the requisite "they were better back in the day," but it is true -- it seems like the restraint in the songwriting has caused the band to do the same for their live sets, not nearly matching the energy they once had. And no "Don't Call It a Comeback" or "My Favorite Accident?" Boo-urns.
  • Considering they had multiple hitmakers writing songs on their new album, Less Than Jake putting "Johnny Quest Thinks We're Sellouts" on their Warped Tour set seems awfully...you know, I don't even know what the word would be. Is this the band re-experiencing bitterness by resentful fans? Who knows, but I only let them play through this and "Ghosts of You and Me "and cut my nostalgia short to secure a decent spot for a band who hasn't (yet?) dropped a massive disappointment.
  • Thursday had an extra-long set, the majority of which I caught. They played a fairly predictable set, but one very mildly unusual cut was "Autobiography of a Nation," which seemed way more succinct than the studio version, its presence welcomed regardless. Also finding its way into the set was "Understanding in a Car Crash," "Signals Over the Air," "For the Workforce, Drowning," "Into the Blinding Light" (worst song on the new album, but it's a Warped staple so they must love it), "The Other Side / Over and Out (Of Control)," "Counting 5-4-3-2-1," and the ferocious "At This Velocity," as well as 2 others I think I missed. The band was solid, but I was aching for a good spot for...
  • Moneen, who quite simply tore it up. As they were playing a few minutes earlier than scheduled, I arrived halfway through the firestarter of "Start Angry...End Mad" -- while I would've liked this to close the set, at least it meant I got to catch all of the absolutely flawless "Don't Ever Tell Locke What He Can't Do," which followed it up. While I do love The Red Tree, words cannot express how much of a fantastic opener it possesses. "If Tragedy's Appealing, Then Disaster's an Addiction" seemed to get the biggest rise out of the small crowd, of which a few devoted fans stood sporadically amongst the front. The epics of "Tonight I'm Gone" and "This Is All Bigger Than Me" provided great contrast, while other energy packed numbers, "Are We Really Happy with Who We Are Right Now?" and "The Passing of America" brought smiles. While I would've loved to hear "The Frightening Reality...," due to sheer energy and passion Moneen was responsible for the set of the day, easy. (And yes, this means I missed the Bouncing Souls, and while Greg actually looked to be having fun for once at the Pittsburgh set, I'd watched the entirety of it and only one and a half Moneen songs there, so I was more than willing to make the sacrifice.)
  • What I saw of Biology's set wasn't terrible. Atmospheric mid-`90s emo with a bit of shoegaze to it, frontman Fran Mark's voice is a liiiittle irritating, but not enough to completely shun potential enjoyment.
  • Saves the Day will always be one of my favorite bands. While I may not care for one in particular, they've put out 5 distinctly different sounding albums and thus written a crop of great, fun and/or emotional songs. That was more or less the makeup of the expectedly Sound the Alarm-heavy set here. I'd managed to get an up-close spot in a big crowd for the first time that day and I'm not sure if it was the best decision -- the crowd was obviously made up largely of non-fans (a normally duh circumstance that somehow initially evaded me), and this resulted in one shirtless fellow -- probably thinking he was an inspiration for the crowd to get energetic -- without hesitation or permission, taking me by the hips and launching me into the air. I was carried several feet until my pleading to be let down was acknowledged. What the fuck? In any event, a set list the likes of this wasn't going to be ruined by obnoxious bros: "All-Star Me," "Rocks Tonic Juice Magic," "At Your Funeral," "Firefly," "Anywhere with You," "The End," "Shattered," "Say You'll Never Leave," "Bones," and maybe another one or two I can't think of.
  • I then began running around headless chicken-like looking for the stage that would uphold Every Time I Die's ferocious...sarcasm. I wasn't entirely keen on Gutter Phenomenon, but hot damn if Last Night in Town and Hot Damn! aren't 2 of, if not the, best albums to come out of metalcore in the last 5 years. Unfortunately, by the time I finally found the stage, tucked way in the front of the layout by the entrance, they were halfway through the 3rd-to-last offering, "Off Broadway" -- but what a jam it was. I hadn't been nearly that enthused all day, but the band's intensity, roll and vicious swagger intact made it a highlight. Afterwards, the iffy cut "Bored Stiff" from Gutter was played as Keith Buckley urged the crowd to form a considerably sized circle pit, even stopping the song initially at his disappointment of the first attempt. These antics were amusing, but it was the explosive "I Been Gone a Long Time" that really set things off before the cowbell-laden finish.
  • I'm starting to lose hope I'll ever hear Rise Against play "Alive and Well" again -- or more than one of Revolutions Per Minute's standouts in the same set, for that matter. Thank heavens for "State of the Union," though -- if that's not the most intense song the band's written, I'm missing out on some top serious B-sides. A rather large, apathetic looking crowd looked on as that particular one opened it up -- a friggin' fantastic opener at that. Following it up was another of their best songs, "Black Masks & Gasoline" -- and that would just about do it for the best 1-2 punch of the set. One slightly offending statement was that Rise Against proudly proclaimed that this, Warped Tour and the gathering of people coming together to witness these bands, "was punk rock" -- whuhhh, okay dudes, whatever you say. We all know the band is one of the only genuinely close socially/politically aware bands on the tour, but I think their presence doesn't exactly invalidate a tour slightly oversaturated by cell phone and energy drink companies, huge electronic chains and one other questionably present organization. That one potentially inaccurate conclusion aside, the rest of the set was relatively solid if not really predictable, including "Life Less Frightening" (bar none one of their best choruses), "Chamber the Cartridge," "Ready to Fall," "Give It All," and probably a few other melodic hardcore cuts I fail to recall ("Anywhere But Here?" "Dancing for Rain?").

    Oh, and once again, in the midst of the set, I suddenly feel and see hands around my hips -- I sigh, realizing what's next, and am launched into the air. What's funny is only minutes before I heard a brodude mention "We need to start clearing this area out!" I guess my small stature made me an easy target. Struggling to avoid kicking innocent kids in the head, it made it nearly impossible to get back down to the floor before I was carried to the barricade -- thus, I was embarrassingly scooped up by the muscular security guards and sheepishly walked behind the gate to the side. Picking some random dude up and throwing him into the air? Seriously, who does that? Am I watching a band I enjoy perform or participating in the throwing end of a dwarf tossing event?
  • I watched Gym Class Heroes' last few while waiting for Saves the Day's acoustic set. They brought out the dude from the Academy Is... for the second most obnoxious song on their new album, but unfortunately I also heard the most obnoxious song off the album that preceded it ("Cupid's Chokehold").
  • You probably have to be a fan of Saves the Day to actually enjoy their acoustic set, and rather open-minded to embrace Chris Conley's newer, confounding vocal style. Nevertheless, I fall in line with both of these criteria, and thus feel preeeeetty fanboyish when I see them play in this style. The double-time beats of "You Vandal" were reeled in so it could be played first, and my did that chorus resonate with those devoted fans in the crowd. The low points might've been the overplayed "Freakish" and "What Went Wrong" with its devastatingly awful verses, but those were minor bumps in a pretty comfortable mattress. "Three Miles Down?" Expected, but embraced. "Certain Tragedy," "This Is Not an Exit" and "Jessie & My Whetstone" were all great jams. One great moment was the surprisingly melancholy, minimal "Don't Know Why," which felt even more heart-wrenching in the live setting as the often self-deprecating Conley sat on the stage alone with his guitar and pleading lines. Overall, a set I knew I'd love, I loved.
  • As I'd already seen most of their set at the aforementioned Pittsburgh stop, I felt like the 500-foot trek wasn't exactly worth it for 5 minutes of Anti-Flag. Their new album is quite good, but having witnessed them a few times this year I didn't feel to be missing out on much.
  • NOFX has been trying some pretty amusing conceptual set lists on this tour, and this one, simply titled 'Set List,' would be like its title: every song began with the letter 's.' No shit. While this ambitious, risky procedure brought out pretty raw, so-bad-they're-good inclusions like "Six-Pack Girls" and "Screamin' for Change," it also meant great ones like "Seeing Double at the Triple Rock" and "Separation of Church and Skate" (the title of which the band emphasized) were played. As well, the solid deliveries of "She's Nubs," "Scavenger Type," "Soul Doubt," and "Stickin' in My Eye" were first class. Notable was White Trash's "Straight Edge" -- that is, their blues cover of the Minor Threat classic with El Hefe's roughed up BB King impression. As a whole, the band was surprisingly energetic on some songs, but El Hefe especially looked to be having a good time with his skatepunk jumps.

    Oh, and the Underoath thing was mentioned briefly -- they simply cleared up the rumors by saying they were thrown off the tour for doing heroin and having anal sex with Less Than Jake. Makes sense.

    NOFX is as NOFX does. An undeniably enjoyable and hilarious set from the veterans, and rarely can you really ask for more.
Overall, definitely a step up from last year. Again, there were certainly a few acts of recycling to be found, but ones I wasn't going to mind if it meant a more solid, well-rounded and diverse lineup. As long as I'm not paying out the ass, I think 2007 will find me dragging my slightly reluctant self there yet again.

 

 
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Anonymous (August 15, 2006)

"rather than when you place it yourself in front of you"

Please never write anything ever again.

ConsequentialBanditry (August 14, 2006)

Hell of a review Brian.

Anonymous (August 14, 2006)

yup thats the song JT

kirbypuckett (August 14, 2006)

"Ummm, "hear," "lolz," "PNdotO"? Lame, dude."

haha, yeah i was thinking the same thing as well..


You got me on 'hear' -- but the rest is obviously a joke. If you can't handle that then, wow...

- Puckett

Anonymous (August 14, 2006)

Uptight yuppies blasting Truth anti-smoking propaganda at kids

Yeah, those damn bastards trying to save the health of America's youth. Yay for conformity! Abortions for some, miniature American flags for others! [cheer!]

JTravolta (August 14, 2006)

How did it sound musically? Upbeat/low tempo? did it sound more like axl, cowboy, searching, or a new style?

Anonymous (August 13, 2006)

the new against me song that you're talking about is called "down by da sea" or at least that what it said on the setlist i got at warped. the chorus was something like "there is an ocean, down in my soul, where the water, it does not bend" or something to that effect. definately was an awesome song though...classic AM! style

Anonymous (August 13, 2006)

I went to this show. There were many cute boys.

-Neill Cawley
AIM-Longlivetheduck2

Anonymous (August 13, 2006)

Ha!

Anonymous (August 13, 2006)

Hey, how about this reviewer stop using the synonym button on microsoft word. It's pretty obvious and a lot of his sentences don't make much sense as a result.

nikko (August 13, 2006)

Nofx was great suprosomg;y because ;ast warped tour they played they were horrible but rrise against was great amd bouncing souls!!Against me was ok kinda sucked....

Anonymous (August 12, 2006)

i don't really know many nofx songs, but i had to look this one up cause i thought it was awesome. at the DC warped they played "Canada Has Better Heroin" and they changed canada to "washington" in the lyrics

colin (August 12, 2006)

you lost me when you said into the blinding light was the worst song on the new thursday record. for shame.

grantino (August 12, 2006)

the use of boo-urns makes my heart flutter.

Anonymous (August 12, 2006)

What kind of fag on the East Coast doesnt watch The Bouncing Souls !

Anonymous (August 12, 2006)

You stopped watching thursday to get a good spot for moneen and you failed to review Anti-Flag?

Retard.

GreatStoryOfApathy (August 12, 2006)

I don't know how I feel about the other new song, but that Americans Abroad song is so good.

maverick (August 12, 2006)

Oh, and that new Against Me! song (the "there is an ocean in my soul" one) was beautiful. I thought it was a cover song at first, because everyone on the sides of the stage (Lyman, Joan Jett, etc) were all singing along. But a quick google search of some of the lyrics quickly turned up empty, which makes me even more stoked for AM's new album next year.

-Scott

maverick (August 12, 2006)

NOFX closed out one of the Warped mainstages in Cleveland yesterday, and hands down had the best set. Here's the setlist, in rough order:

Eat The Meek (AMAZING. The best musical moment I witnessed all day.)
Murder The Government
Stickin' In My Eye
Perfect Government
Leaving Jesusland
All His Suits Are Torn
Bob
Bottles To The Ground
She's Nubs
Franco Unamerican
I Wanna Be An Alcoholic (was originally supposed to be "Kill All The White Man," but they swapped it at the last minute)

The band went over by about 15 minutes, but since the other mainstage was all the way at the other end of the venue, there was no sound bleed or anything.

It's funny -- the older these guys get, the better they play (their headlining show in Cleveland back in March was one of the best I've ever seen from any band).

-Scott

Anonymous (August 12, 2006)

El Hefe does a Louis Armstrong impression, not BB King

Anonymous (August 12, 2006)

bleeding on stage is very punk

7 years actually

Anonymous (August 12, 2006)

omg thats soo epic.

NOOB

Anonymous (August 11, 2006)

you didnt mention that during understanding in a car crash geoff hit himself in the nose with the mic and started gushing blood for about ten mins.

inagreendase (August 11, 2006)

Actually, I'd say Saves the Day is one of my favorite goods.

mcgregor107 (August 11, 2006)

"Ummm, "hear," "lolz," "PNdotO"? Lame, dude."

haha, yeah i was thinking the same thing as well..

still, good review.

Cheesetits (August 11, 2006)

Ummm, "hear," "lolz," "PNdotO"? Lame, dude.

kirbypuckett (August 11, 2006)

Its hard to take this guy seriously after he said that saves the day is one of his favourite bads.

1) Learn to type

2) You must be new hear

3) Brian has far more credibility than you (like that time he roomed w/ one of the dudes from the Casualties, lolz).

4) Seriously...do you know who he is on here?

What is w/ the influx of PNdotO n00bs trying to sound really cool by dissing regulars lately?

- Kirby

jacknife737 (August 11, 2006)

Its hard to take this guy seriously after he said that saves the day is one of his favourite bads

Anonymous (August 11, 2006)

what about the ass-kicking stage?

DrDeath (August 11, 2006)

i'll take places i'll never step foot in again for $1000 Alex.

What is "Warped Tour"?

Correct. DrDeath, pick again.

gladimnotemo (August 11, 2006)

Wait, wait, wait. I thought the reviewer was too OLD for punk rock these days! What a daring move - to venture out into the youthful punk of Warped Tour!

I watched one of those "Fuse" specials on this and it was just embarassing. Uptight yuppies blasting Truth anti-smoking propaganda at kids, followed by super-evangelical Underoath making me embarased in my own home. I don't know...this is all so weird.

Also, "Six Pack Girls" is the only good NOFX song.

Anonymous (August 11, 2006)

fuck the tour. fuck these bands. this in no way is punk. punk is fucking the system. speaking your mind and not following the mainstream. news to you?

Anonymous (August 11, 2006)

"NOFX did have a good setlist, but the NY warped tour is a lot better at Randall's Island."

are you kidding? not only were there no god forsaken dust clouds, but the coliseum was open, and filled with glorious air conditioning. that was a life saver in the 100 degree heat. and the bathrooms with cold running water. I was unsure about the location at first too, but it really was more enjoyable this way. also i think it allowed more people in. the guy wearing the dusty shirt and bandana holding the "rip rhandall's" sign was pretty funny though.

Anonymous (August 11, 2006)

as less than jake mentioned in their set, there's too many screaming bands. seriously, what happened to the pop punk? there needs to be some balance.

Anonymous (August 11, 2006)

moneen were the only band that i watched all of warped tour.

skolarx (August 11, 2006)

i missed it but i heard that chris conley was hammered when he played the acoustic set here in detroit, lots of slurring his words and such. i always thought that kid was edge, who knew?

Anonymous (August 11, 2006)

All the older bands(nofx,ltj,Bs) were pretty good that day, but i really got into i am the avalanche.

_911 (August 11, 2006)

rise against's cover of "built to last" (sick of it all) which was recorded for the new album sessions is very intense.

Anonymous (August 11, 2006)

NOFX did have a good setlist, but the NY warped tour is a lot better at Randall's Island.

Anonymous (August 11, 2006)

motion city soundtrack opened with my favorite accident. not capital h. you must have been late.

for setlist see:

http://motioncitymemories.com/shows/2006/805.html

kirbypuckett (August 11, 2006)

Brian, I know how you feel. Being the small guy I am constantly picked on by bigger folks. However, I did "LOL" (if you will) while reading that -- those around my cubicle probably think I'm crazy.

Good review though -- Pittsburgh's Warped this year was honestly my least favorite ever, but by reading this it makes it sound like we just had a bad day. I'll restore faith and try it again next year.

The more I think about them, the more I like NOFX. They really do not care at all. It's quite amusing.

- Kirby

Anonymous (August 11, 2006)

Dear Superdude,
Be more funny.

Anonymous (August 11, 2006)

"Mid-tempo stomp-alongs like "From Her Lips to God's Ears" just feel a lot more easily grasped when put in front of you rather than when you place it yourself in front of you for some odd reason"

that sentence made my head hurt.

superdude (August 11, 2006)

This review was pretty good, but:

1. What the fuck's a Warped Tour?

2. Nobody ever reviews Kevin Lyman's sets. How come?

3. I thought NOFX quit Warped Tour because Fat Mike was drinking with they guy from Unearth.

kingofsuck (August 11, 2006)

Isn't Warped Tour done yet?

Three dates left, I think.

Good review, and NOFX's set sounds great.

Cheesetits (August 11, 2006)

Yeah I like how you mentioned more bands than Against Me and NOFX and didn't whine about the current state of punk....minus the brief blurb that I'll let slide. Isn't Warped Tour done yet?

Anonymous (August 11, 2006)

Best warped lineup since '99, i am 23 and will keep goin if lineup stays this good.

mashole (August 11, 2006)

i saw a guy have a seizure at against me!s set in new jersey. they stopped the set and everything. at was an akward moment to theiuer set

Anonymous (August 11, 2006)

Why hasn't anyone seen High School Football Heroes yet?

GreatStoryOfApathy (August 11, 2006)

PS-Chamber The Cartidge sounded great live, probably the best song they played. They also played Like the Angel which sounded good too.

GreatStoryOfApathy (August 11, 2006)

Yeah, Rise Against played Dancing For Rain...and I hated it. Not only is that one of my least favorite songs by them, it is long and boring live and I found myself waiting for it to end.

TheDude (August 11, 2006)

excellent review, a lot of detail on the bands you were able to catch.

this is what a warped review should be.

Anonymous (August 11, 2006)

I like how the Marines give you a free haircut at Warped.

coldwaffles (August 11, 2006)

Hmm...

I'd say Generation Lost is that "top serious" Rise Against b-side you're looking for.

jamespastepunk (August 11, 2006)

We got Don't Call it a Comeback and My Favorite Accident.

The army didn't seem to be in Chicago.

Vaux killed it left, right up and down.

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