I’ve been slacking lately updating this on Wednesdays (Jetlag from a trip to Reno, kills ya!) but I really want to add another band so I’m doing it today instead of waiting until next Wednesday! So without any more stalling the next band to be added to the list of must see bands is…
6- State Champs!
State Champs is the next band on the list of must see bands for warped tour this summer for a quite a few reasons, but first and foremost is their stage presence and ability to engage the crowd at any show. I have had the opportunity to cover two of their shows this year and both times they had the crowd off their feet from the second they took the stage. Both times I’ve seen them they have had some of the rowdiest crowds I’ve ever seen with countless crowd surfers, stage divers, and fans in circle pits. If you haven’t heard of them before, go check them out, seriously you won’t regret it; they are your classic pop- punk band that you can’t not love. State Champs is another band that makes solid music but it is just so much better live regardless of whether you choose to join the pit or enjoy a safely in the back. Make sure to catch their set this summer because you’ll be seeing a lot from State Champs in the future!
5- Nick Santino *Acoustic Basement
*Photo from Nick Santino & the Northern Wind’s Facebook
Nick Santino, former frontman of A Rocket to the Moon, is the next act to be added to the list of must see bands. He will be playing all of Warped Tour this summer as a part of the acoustic basement. Santino has started his solo career since the break up of A Rocket to the Moon last summer and has already released an EP and an album, and announced the completion of a second record! Santino toured with This Century on their headliner last fall and played an amazing set! He’s taken on a bit of a country feel, which isn’t much of a surprise for ARTTM fans as their last album had a similar feel, but he certainly knows how to put on a show and have fun on stage still! Be sure to give his new music a listen and catch his set on the acoustic basement!
*Photo from Issues’ Facebook*
Issues is the next band to be added to the list of must see bands for this years Warped Tour for a few reasons, they put on a fantastic live show and their self titled album which came out in mid- February has been very well received! I saw them last November on tour with Memphis May Fire and had no clue what to expect. I didn’t know any of their music and normally I don’t enjoy a set too much when I go into a show without knowing a band, but with Issues it was different. I absolutely loved their set, as did the friends I was with who were also unfamiliar with their music. It felt more like a rave at some points but it was a great set to see. Everyone was off their feet having an amazing time singing along or just jumping around if they didn’t know the words. Since the show I have checked out more of their music and was quite excited for the release of their self-titled album. I absolutely adore the release. Songs such as “Stingray Affliction”, “Never Lose your Flames”, and “The Settlement” are sure to impress both new and seasoned fans! A combination of old favorites with a few new ones is sure to result in a fantastic set!
3- Of Mice & Men
*photo from the warped tour Instagram*
I had to add Of Mice & Men to the list of bands to see immediately after their announcement tonight for quite a few reasons. First, I’ll admit I’m still a bit sad their show with Bring Me the Horizon in Albany, NY was cancelled for a snowstorm where there was no snow, although less so now that I’ll see them this summer. The main reason however that they needed to be added to this list tonight is because they are an incredibly talented group that has a diverse set of albums. Restoring Force is by far my favorite album but there are many fans who do not love it quite as much. On their last tour they seemed to have a good mix of new and old songs in the setlist so hopefully warped will be no different. From the song or two I was able to catch from their set at Skate and Surf festival last year they are a fantastic live band that is sure to impress and engage fans!
2-A Skylit Drive
A Skylit Band is the next band I’m adding to the list because I can say from personal experience they too put on an amazing set. Jag is all over the stage and out into the crowd as well. It is evident when they take the stage they’re passionate about what they’re doing. Rise is a fantastic album that is somehow even better played live then from a CD or iPhone. Their energy and love for music along with their talent make A Skylit Drive a must see this year!
1- The Word Alive
I’m going to start this list with the band that inspired my spotlight category. Their stage presence alone is reason enough not to miss their set but their music and lyrics are fantastic as well! Absolutely a must see at warped this summer!
Check back next Wednesday for the next band!