Vans Warped Tour; the best day of the summer to many a scene kid. Fear not, I saw plenty of non scene bands with a few guilty pleasures mixed in throughout the day. Events occur in real time.
Due to traffic, I missed my favorite band, Every Time I Die, who played at 12:15. We arrived in the middle of their set at the venue and was headbanging while I made my way to the press area to check in. After checking in and confirming my interview time with ETID (it can be seen below), I went to watch Crown The Empire, a band popular among the Hot Topic crowd. I had seen CTE once before when they opened for The Used. The band knows how to put on a good show, I'll give them that.
After their set, we made our way to the Kevin Says stage for Beartooth (who are touring with Vanna this fall). Caleb is no stranger to Warped Tour, having played previous years when was in Attack Attack! Plenty of circle pits and mosh pits were had during their time on stage.
We made our way to the main stages after taking a break for water to watch The Story So Far, the popular tumblrcore band that loves floral print merch designs.
Soon after TSSF got done, Aussie metal gods, Parkway Drive came on stage to show the younger metal bands how it's done. Winston McCall, the frontman, even stopped the show cause the circle pit for Karma wasn't big enough. PWD easily put on the best show of the day.
The Devil Wears Prada played on the opposite main stage. Mike Hranica, the vocalist, has the energy of a pitbull when it comes to moving around on stage. They had their fans choose their setlist, which means their scene era songs took priority. My guess is that they wanted to use Warped Tour to retire the songs for good.
Making our way to the amphitheater to rest for a bit, we found ourselves watching an awful band called, Beebs and Her Money Makers, Shortly after doing the aforementioned interview, we came back and watched Issues and then made our back to the Monster Stage for Attila. There was a huge pit for "Shots For The Boys" but like clockwork, someone fell and caused a pileup which almost caused my ankle to get rolled.
The last band that we watched was Volumes, the djentleman from LA. They put on a good show as usual and thus ended our VWT 2014. As we walked out the venue, we heard all the scene kids yelling for Of Mice & Carlile...