warped tour to me means spending the day with my fourteen year old self hence reminding my now older self how much i still love this music! you wont be finding the same raw fun at other summer festivals. i primarily wanted to catch nevershoutnever and bring me the horizon (who actually did the first ever interview on goldzmine)!
i was very impressed with ENTER SHIKARI’s set as their energy was absolutely bonkers. they all looked like little crabs shuffling from side to side meanwhile jumping up and down, catapulting themselves on/off things like kangaroos. their sound was just so interesting, and since these boys are from the uk- they properly gave us the lowdown on how to mix in hardcore with dubstep, like in zzzonked at 1:45. if you took out the music at 1:08 and just listened to the cockney rambles, it reminds me of the streets, remember them? also throwing out dubstep into their metal set was bring me the horizon. a-m-a-z-i-n-g.
reliving the early high school memories, steph, nick, joanna, annie and i sang along to perky “brat pack” with the rocket summer and those catchy chorus’ with all american rejects. heres a photo by steph of tyson looking so good, wearing topman! taylor momsen from gossip girl was also playing with her band! she looked super cute in lace dress and long blonde extensions.
there was a really good amount of impressive merch tents. i spent my money at the jac vanek tent! and they also gave me a free bracelet for being so good looking (not- but jac and i had a real good chat and they were nice!). they even had that popular two finger “cross” ring. i had so much trouble choosing between t’s, they were all to my taste. i ended up with the WANT tank and the carpe diem bracelet. that day lacerda also gave me a free copy of their cd- EPIC POP (and a ton of other lucky stuff happened) but thanks guys!
a good surprise was piano playing, music master MIKE POSNER who is a great example of how warped tour has evolved into being an opportunity for those outside of the punk scene, to a showcase for all talent. he totally reminded me of a male ROBYN in the sense that his tunes consisted of addictive pop but i also find he has the same tone of voice as old justin timberlake. did i just make it sound repulsive? well, just trust me its really not. i was singing along and i hadnt even listened to his stuff at all before. ocassionally there were spurts of electro blasts, like in the infectious “cooler than me” which i heard on the radio the next day, bizzaro! but i do feel like he has enough catchiness to blow up. friends and i theorized that he must not have many friends on warped tour ahah but he was by far the best way to end my day. smooooooth. you can download both his albums FOR FREE on his MYSPACE!
unexpected bits of my day were fishing with revered payton ahaha! and i have a terrible fear of fish, always have, and i promised to stroke one if he caught one. watch the video- i did it! so strange. also before WE THE KINGS went on stage, i got to do their little pre-performance ritual with them; which meant shoving your hand in the middle of a huddle and chanting some crazy talk. got to watch them sing from side stage but then that got annoying so i went back to perching on the edge of the crowd. any other debaucheries were basically me giggling and talking to band boys all day. oh and hey! more streetstyles!
SEE YOU NEXT YEAR !!!