VANS WARPED TOUR 2011 – A SNEAK PREVIEW

You know that the summer is upon the nation once again when the Vans Warped Tour swings into your town.  2011 marks the traveling show’s 17th big year in existence, and it promises to be one of the most exciting festivals yet!  Headlining bands this time around include the likes of A Day To Remember, Asking Alexandria, Against Me!, August Burns Red, Attack Attack!, The Black Pacific, The Devil Wears Prada, and many others!  In addition, there will will be local groups performing on the Ernie Ball stage, all whom have won their coveted slots on the annual Battle Of The Bands competition the company sponsors.

Highwire Daze had the opportunity to speak with Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman on many on a topic, including the humble beginnings of Warped, his new project Country Throwdown, and his advice to bands who would like to appear on future dates.

We have also sent questions on to various acts like playing this year to find out more about their Warped adventures, what they are looking forward to the most this year, their latest musical endeavors, and so much more.

Without future adieu, Highwire Daze presents to you a Sneak Preview of Warped Tour 2011!!!

KEVIN LYMAN – FOUNDER OF WARPED TOUR

What was the very first Warped Tour like compared to the ones you are doing today?
The first year of Warped Tour was just kind of an adventure where we were trying to figure out everything to do. We went out there and I was expecting to do it for one summer. It was kind of the unknown. And there was a lot less of everything. We were laughing a few minutes ago, because I’m here on my new project Country Throwdown, which reminds me a little bit about the first Warped Tour. The fans are getting used to it. The fans didn’t know what to expect when they first came to Warped Tour. And they become your best promotional tool if you do it right. And I think that’s what’s kept the Warped Tour going in a lot of ways. We have a good rapport with our fans. We respond to things they want and need. They support us. If you go into it when you have 60 percent of the people saying they want to come to Warped Tour because it’s Warped Tour – with the other 40 percent, you just gotta book the right bands for them to be there.

What advice would you give all of these bands about to go on Warped Tour for the very first time?
Be patient. Be respectful, because you’re out there with a thousand people. You’re out there to work. The Warped Tour – it’s a fun time, but right now you could get a lot of work done while you’re out there – making fans, shaking hands – doing a lot of things your label can’t afford to send you around doing anymore.

What do you think of the bands that follow Warped Tour across the country that aren’t on the show?
It’s one of those things. As long as they’re respectful, I don’t have a problem with them. If they’re out there working the lines – if they’re out there doing their thing – great! But don’t try to sneak into the venues. Don’t make fake laminates. Don’t do all the crap that I deal with every year. It really takes a step back for your career to do that.

You’re doing the first Warped show in Vegas in quite a while. What made you decide to add Vegas on this time around?
The hardest problem doing a Warped show in Vegas was finding a venue. There weren’t a lot of places. The Desert Breeze Park – the last time we were there, we kind of overran it on 4th of July. Then we were out at the Silver Bowl/Sam Boyd. It’s been hard to find a spot, and the kids have always been asking for it. They haven’t let up about Vegas. Which means you need to respond to the fans.

Last year some of the dates had pretty bad weather and now we’ve been having hurricanes. How do you deal with bad weather and have you ever had to cancel a date due to the weather?
We have had to cancel a couple of dates, but we’ve been able to come back and make them up. It was hard driving and hard work. But we had a couple of shows in Houston in the past that we just couldn’t make it through. Otherwise, we really try to fight through the show and do the best we can. And, knock on wood, I’m out here on the road right now with this thing – we’ve been out two weeks and kind of dodging the storms (with Country Throwdown). It’s gonna be luck of the routing this year I think.

As a promoter, how do you deal with problems on the road such as rock star attitude or bands who have problems with other bands?
There’s no rock star attitude. If you’re going to be a rock star, then you’re probably on the wrong tour, you know? I guess you could spend the day on your bus being a rock star. And problems with bands – there’s been a few, but they’ve been overblown – like Twitter and Facebook and the Internet and everything – even the simplest things.  Like something would happen and I would talk to two people – then all of a sudden I’m reading about it on the Internet before I’ve even had the chance to walk to the bus. And as with the Internet many times, things are blown out of proportion before the truth is actually gathered.

What kind of music do you listen to when you’re away from the craziness of the Warped Tour?
I listen to reggae. I listen to punk rock. I like a big mix of stuff. I tend to lean towards the world beat side of everything.

When is Punk Rock Holocaust 3 coming out? Is there any talk of it?
We’re going to film the movie on the road this summer. It’s gonna be fun. We’re going be on 12 days, and Angelo Moore from Fishbone is going to star in it.

Are you going to be in too?
Yeah, actually yes I am.

If you could review yourself as an actor, what would you say?
He’s horrible! Stick with his day job!

So how did the Country Throwdown tour come about and are you a fan of country music?
I’m a true fan of the roots of country music. And I’m a fan of these new guys – the new stuff – the real rocking kind of country music. The kind of stuff that has a lot of guitars – that gets people up! And getting a chance to work with Willie Nelson has been really fun. And I’m really excited about these young acts like Drake White and Brantley Gilbert. People are coming out early to see those bands.

Bands all across the country dream about being on Warped Tour. It’s one of their biggest goals. How do you suggest they go about doing it legitimately?
I would say that late September / early October for Warped Tour. People submit through my email – kevinwarped@aol.com – and I check out music then. But I wouldn’t recommend emailing me every other day. There’s kids that email me literally every other day about being on Warped Tour. I just tell them we’re full this year. You’ve got to understand that there’s 1000’s of bands out there trying to get a couple hundred spots.

Can you see yourself doing Warped Tour ten years from now?
I could see myself mentally doing it, but physically it’s getting harder to be out on the road all summer. It’s a very physical show. I had an ankle rebuild – I had surgery last year – I have one coming up in November just to keep mobile and moving. And it’s funny – I’m down here in a place called Orange Beach in Alabama – I’m looking out at people on boats going, “Wow, wouldn’t it be nice to have a summer where you just got to go and sit on a boat sometime…?”

And now, meet some of the bands on the Vans Warped Tour this year…

AUGUST BURNS RED

Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
My name is JB Brubaker. I play guitar for August Burns Red. We’re based out of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

What are you looking forward to the most about Warped Tour and is this your first time on the tour?
This is our second time on Warped. We did 12 dates in 2008 and we hated to leave the tour because we were having such a good time. I’m most looking forward to hanging with lots of other bands that we’re friends with, as well as making new friends. The tour is like a moving community. It’s unlike anything else I’ve ever been a part of. It’s like punk rock summer camp.

If this is not your first time on Warped Tour, what advice would you give a band about to attempt Warped for the first time?
Bring extra water. It’s super hot. Also, wear sunscreen, unless you want skin cancer.

What could one expect from your live show at Warped Tour?
Well since we have a brand new album coming out three days before the tour starts we’ll obviously be playing a couple songs off the new record. We’ll be sure to play all the staple tracks as well. You can expect a high energy set packed with as many songs as we can fit into our slot, and beach balls.

What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title?
The album is called Leveler. The name means different things to each of us. To me, Leveler is a great word to describe the album. It will smash you.

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
Back Burner: This song is about going against the convictions and values you have in your heart just to fit in with certain people. It’s about being in a tailspin and being oblivious to the consequences.

Composure: This song is about getting over something horrible that has happened to you, something that has been keeping you down. It’s a song about relying on those close to you for help and picking your head up and starting over with a clean slate.

How are you going to feel about playing those infamous 11:30 AM Warped Tour slots?
I’m an adult. I can be up and ready to rock by 11:30am no problem! The advantage to playing early is you have the entire day to hang out without thinking about your set time.

Any strange or unusual happening in the past while out on the road?
We played a festival in Belgium called Groezrock this past April. It was a one off show so we were flying in for just one show. The airline lost 12 checked bags including all of our guitars, pedals, cymbals, in-ear monitors, clothing, etc. We had to scrape together equipment from various friends we had playing the festival. It was such a mess! It was the first time I’ve ever had to play someone else’s guitar for a show in over six years of touring. We made it through though and when we got home to Lancaster, PA all of our luggage was waiting for us.

Do you have any messages for Warped Tour attendees this year?
Drink plenty of water and be on the lookout for when your favorite band will be doing a meet and greet because most bands do them on the regular. Have a blast!

August Burns Red on Facebook

THE BLACK PACIFIC

Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
My name is Gavin, I play bass in The Black Pacific. Born and raised in Los Angeles, still here, never leavin’.

What are you looking forward to the most about Warped Tour and is this your first time on the tour?
Heck no! Canned water. It’s delicious. Also looking forward to seeing old friends and making some new ones.

If this is not your first time on Warped Tour, what advice would you give a band about to attempt Warped for the first time?
Don’t take yourself so seriously. No really.

What could one expect from your live show at Warped Tour?
Two words : Par-Tay . We work hard to make sure everybody has a good time watching The Black Pacific.

What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title?
The Black Pacific. It took a looooong time to come up with that one.

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
I’d recommend that instead people go to our Facebook page , listen to some songs, and figure that out for themselves. Music is made to be listened to, not to be talked about.

How are you going to feel about playing those infamous 11:30 AM Warped Tour slots?
Who says we’re playing first? haha. If we do, it just means we get to start drinking before everyone else.

Any strange or unusual happening in the past while out on the road?
I think I got abducted by aliens in Albuquerque but then Agent Dana Scully saved me.

Do you have any messages for Warped Tour attendees this year?
Be smart. Drink water. Wear suncreeen. Warped can be fun, but dehydration and sun burns are a bummer.

The Black Pacific on Facebook

COLD FORTY THREE

Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
My name is Moises Cruz aka Cash Carter I sing and play guitar. We are from Los Angeles, Ca.

What are you looking forward to the most about Warped Tour and is this your first time on the tour?
Are you kidding the p*ssy. Can I say that? Lol! The fans the fans the fans no one on warped would be here if it wasn’t for the fans. This is the 3rd time. 1st year we followed it, 2nd year we were on the whole time, and played 5 dates. Now we are playing the entire tour.

If this is not your first time on Warped Tour, what advice would you give band about to attempt Warped for the first time?
Drink water, work hard, and never complain!!

What could one expect from your live show at Warped Tour?
High energy, interaction with the fans, and a sad attempt at being funny.

What is the name of your latest CD or EP and what inspired the title?
Pop drunk! Just trying to take the concept of pop punk to a whole other disturbing, crazy level.

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
Let me introduce you to my brass knucks
Cause if you talk shit, you get hit!

Young and reckless
Our experiences on the road, fun times, not caring, and having a good time.

How are you going to feel about playing those infamous 11:30 AM Warped Tour slots?
We’ve done it before, and we’ll tell you what… It’s definitely a hell of a lot cooler. So no problem with us.

Any strange or unusual happening in the past while out on the road?
Guys with tits. What else can say? Lol

Do you have any messages for Warped Tour attendees this year?
Drink water stay safe and make sure you take care of each other out there. Thank you for the amazing support. We love you.

Cold Forty Three on Facebook

FRESHMAN 15

Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
My name is Davey Fortner and I sing and play guitar in Freshman 15… To the best of my abilities. We are from Atlanta , Georgia !

What are you looking forward to the most about Warped Tour and is this your first time on the tour?
This is our very first time on Warped so I’m looking forward to the experience that I’ve been hearing about from otter bands! The cookouts, meeting fans, sweating my ass off.. Ya know? The good stuff! I’m also looking forward to stalking all of my favorite bands.

What could one expect from your live show at Warped Tour?
You should expect catchy songs, ugly dudes, and obscenities galore.

What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title?
Throw Up Your Hands For One Night Stands was our debut full length that come out two years ago. That one is pretty self explanatory because hooking up with people for one night is dope! Our new full length is titled, Here’s to Feeling Good because the whole cd has a theme of drinking and having fun. Seems fitting!

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
There have been TWO.. Count them.. TWO different occasions where girls have left me for the west coast. So I wrote Phoenix Can Keep You and Our California Song.  Im a terrible lay I guess!

How are you going to feel about playing those infamous 11:30 AM Warped Tour slots?
We have done one day of Warped in our hometown and we had the opening slot at 11:30. While it was a dream come true to play Warped that slot is hell.. Hell I tell you!

Any strange or unusual happening in the past while out on the road?
Everyday is a new adventure on the road. In Wisconsin during a breakdown a mosh pit started and a girl in the front got nailed and she ended up falling on my guitar pedal and dislocated her knee. Then after we played some straight edge crew came in beat the shit out of three kids and ran out of the building. Weirdest show evaaaaa

Do you have any messages for Warped Tour attendees this year?
1. Come watch Freshman 15 on the Ernie Ball Stage
2. Buy merch
3. Bring water and stay hydrated
4. Mo’ Money Mo ‘ Problems

Freshman 15 on Facebook

GRIEVES

Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
My name is Benjamin (Grieves) and I’m the last guy in the world that you would assume is a rapper/singer.. but alas my tender flock.. I am a rapper.

What are you looking forward to the most about Warped Tour and is this your first time on the tour?
This is the first time for me on the Warped Tour.. it’s also my first time even attending the Warped Tour (insert booing sound fx).  So for me.. I’m looking forward to experiencing both sides of the event at once. That and I heard parking lots are lovely this time of year.

What could one expect from your live show at Warped Tour?
2 skinny dudes.. one taller than the other, a really loud keyboard, squelching guitars, a mother fucking TRUMPET, a broken tambourine, a metric ass ton of energy, and enough soul to make Aretha give a clap and a smile.. not the clap.. a clap. There is a huge difference

What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title?
Our new record (June 21 2011) is title “Together/Apart” cause not only does it describe the lifestyle it seems we live while out on the road all the time.. it also relates to the fans.. how they can all be perfect strangers to one another yet all stand in a room and sing the same song. We like that! (thumbs up smiley guy)

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
Gwenavieve- cold hearted ice queens
On the Rocks- grown ass man shit… while still completely looking like I’m 19

How are you going to feel about playing those infamous 11:30 AM Warped Tour slots?
I feel like 11:30 will get its FACE MELTED OFF!

Any strange or unusual happening in the past while out on the road?
One time the owner of the “Bunny Ranch” had me and my bald room mate come out and play show in his club. It was full of prostitutes and hard core gangsters. The prostitutes were really nice.. the gangsters ended up stabbing some guy in the parking lot and we had to retreat back to the Bunny Ranch and play foosball in our bungalow. But.. that could happen to anyone.. ya know?

Do you have any messages for Warped Tour attendees this year?
You like to party? I like to party.. why don’t we blow this popsicle stand and…. eat some salad…PARTY!

Grieves on Facebook

LIONIZE

Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
I’m Hank. I play the bass and sing backup vocals. Lionize is based in Silver Spring, Maryland.

What are you looking forward to the most about Warped Tour and is this your first time on the tour?
This is our first time and we are incredibly stoked for the summer. We have a chance to play in front of tons of new fans and make connections with all the other bands. Also, lots of beer and barbecue.

What could one expect from your live show at Warped Tour?
It will be loud. And hopefully weird enough to attract the attention of kids who’ve never seen us. Stylistically, we’re pretty unique on this bill. We never play the same set twice and improvise a good deal. At the same time, you’re probably not going to hear many 12 minute jams. We try to keep the hooks and melodies at the forefront.

What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title?
Our most recent CD was entitled Destruction Manual. The phrase was actually a malapropism my older brother coined as a child. We would get toys and he would immediately tear the package apart looking for the “destruction manual.” The record was much heavier than our previous CD and had a lot of sci-fi, apocalyptic, creepier kinds of themes so it seemed appropriate.

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
You’re Trying to Kill Me” is one our rare tunes more about real life than fantasy. Being on the road half the year, and constantly hustling to establish oneself as a young band can have a strain on one’s personal life. I think everybody can relate to internal conflict and feeling at times as though you’re living a double life. I think I wrote all the words in about five minutes while having some kind of existential freakout.

Savior of Fontana ” was one of Nate’s ideas that was borne out of our endless misadventures on the road. We’ve been touring for years on a shoestring budget which I think you can only really maintain with the help of our family, friends, and fans. You never know who’s going to be that person who shows up in the nick of time with food, gas, a hotel room, beer, some nice words, anything, that might make your day. Or tour.

How are you going to feel about playing those infamous 11:30 AM Warped Tour slots?
We are enormously excited to be playing, regardless of the time. That being said, the morning is not Lionize’s favorite time of day. And 11:30AM still technically qualifies.

Any strange or unusual happening in the past while out on the road?
Boatloads! None that I can remember though. Those stories can only be properly told over a snifter of brandy and moderately priced lobster.

Do you have any messages for Warped Tour attendees this year?
Come check us out! I can only guarantee that you will see something totally different and will definitely not be bored. Also, can I borrow five bucks?

Lionize on Facebook

MADINA LAKE

Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
Hello, I’m Nathan and sing in Madina Lake. We’re based out of Chicago but spend relatively little time in this city.

What are you looking forward to the most about Warped Tour and is this your first time on the tour?
This is going to be our 3rd time on Warped.. we did 3 weeks in 2008 then the entire tour in 2009. Warped Tour is densely packed with intense, unique and incredible life experiences that a band/individual, could ever have. To cover the entire country with a traveling circus of friends, widely diverse and talented bands, to the moving landscape of cool, open minded kids, is certainly a rare and powerful thing. Despite the consistent heat index, grueling physical demands, and being away from home, unquestionably worth every second. Kevin and the Warped crew, take measures to insure bands are taken care of, and their sanity is preserved by providing themed parties, BBQs, and other events that unite all avenues of art and fan being displayed.  For example, the nightly bbqs, I eagerly anticipate. Most of the bands and giant handful of the kids who wait it out get to enjoy food and beverages amongst good company. That of course is aside from the obvious fact that this will be Matthew’s (our bass player) first tour after sustaining horrific injuries last summer. We get to play and personally thank every one of the kids who helped him/us out by supporting, donating, well-wishing and/or just thinking of us throughout that time.

If this is not your first time on Warped Tour, what advice would you give a band about to attempt Warped for the first time?
Every day, first thing you should do is identify the closest toilet and your AC situation. This will provide the peace of mind you’ll need to function that day. Once these are sorted, make your way to catering for some coffee. Get used to the way you smell and feel and learn to love it or at very least let it go. You’ll likely wear the same couple of things every day so don’t over pack. Most importantly, whatever you do, don’t think you’re cool. Nobody is and the sooner you realize this the sooner you’ll meet the best people in the world and slide grill first into the time of your life. Maybe watch “Groundhog’s Day” to prepare as well.

What could one expect from your live show at Warped Tour?
It’s important to recognize how lucky you are to be on Warped and this is best represented during the 30 minutes you play. We give everything we’ve got during that 30 minutes regardless of the heat, crowd, time of day, etc. That 30 minutes is why we’re here and is not to be taken for granted. Historically, that meant climbing things, jumping off of and into things, breaking things and I believe playing our songs. Matthew’s got a whole new reality to deal with, which means we will collectively be discovering in real-time, what’s like now.

What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title?
Our 3rd record is called World War III (out on Sept. 6th!).. and basically it’s the 3rd and final of a trilogy we started when the band first formed. We write 100% based on things that we’ve experienced, felt, leaned or believe in. Anything, otherwise would feel too contrived and we’re not trying to cater to any trends or formulas. Accordingly we’ve used this story as a metaphorical backdrop to convey those things through music. So World War III is about the culmination and/or rise and fall of a society obsessed with ego. So the title implies that the direction things feel like they’re going will ultimately reach a boiling point and depending on our recognition of the actual enemy (the ego) either lead to the growth or demise of humanity,

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
Hey Superstar from WWIII.. It’s about obsession with celebrity and how it’s a way for people to avoid dealing with themselves. Additionally with the FB + photoshop, autotune, plastic surgery/augmentations .. etc.. fewer and fewer people are actually themselves these days, creating a distance between the self and the ego. As if it were more important to be perceived a certain way than to feel a certain way.

Imagineer from WWIII.. It’s about a person stripped of an all sense of self-worth, love, belonging/acceptance who then hits rock bottom and ultimately let’s go. Upon letting go, he connects to his animal instinct which teaches him to just be and love and live life as it is in the moment and not according to some pre-conceived notion of what it should be.

How are you going to feel about playing those infamous 11:30 AM Warped Tour slots?
Well that is every bands nightmare.. especially since you never know when you’re gonna lose that set-time roulette so it makes choosing picking party nights difficult ha. Fortunately for us, the year we did the entire tour we were on the Ernie Ball Stage which has the first pile of slots filled by contest winners, locals or regionals so the earliest our band would play was like 3:00 ish.. even that was tough at times ha..

Any strange or unusual happening in the past while out on the road?
Always ha.. that what’s so alluring about it. One day you’ll get chased out of a gas station for asking for a receipt, by a crazy lady calling you a faggot and telling your TM it’s too late for you but not him.. Jesus Christ our lord and savior will save him but he hates fags so I’m gonna burn in eternal hell …. Next day you’ll swing through Orlando and end up sleeping in a movie theatre at Chris Kirkpatrick’s (Nsync) house while your drummers gone missing cuz he got roofied.

Do you have any messages for Warped Tour attendees this year?
I would just suggest that any going, go without pretention or preconceived notions of what bands will be amazing and which ones will suck. The entire intention of the tour is to provide a dynamic range of all different kinds of bands. People love music because it moves them, not because it’s cool to like a specific band. Go with an open mind and, here’s a progressive idea, when you see a band, actually start out wanting to like it, instead of the whole “guilty til proven innocent thing,” and you’ll find something that has the ability to change your life.

Madina Lake on Facebook

MOVING MOUNTAINS

Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
I’m Nick and I play the drums. We’re based out of Westchester, NY.

What are you looking forward to the most about Warped Tour and is this your first time on the tour?
Yes, this is our first time doing Warped. I’m looking forward to the whole experience mostly – being in a bus, getting able to sleep through the night. That’s big for us. Meeting new people, hopefully making some new fans. We’re also playing a couple markets we’ve never done before. It’s also our first tour in support of Waves, so I’m really excited to play new songs. We’ve been playing a few new ones here and there, but this set is really going to be based around Waves .

What could one expect from your live show at Warped Tour?
Lots of sweat and plenty of noise.

What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title?
Our latest album is called “Waves“. The title is inspired by a bunch of things. It relates a lot to the what the songs are about – loss, searching for something. I remember talking about it with Greg and discussing characteristics of a wave, how waves can carry things away, or bring them closer. Waves have highs and lows, waves can pull you in. Waves can be heard, seen, felt, all in different forms. We kind of liked that and felt it fit the album.

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
My Life Is like a Chase Dream” and “The Cascade“. Can’t comment on lyrics so much, but these are two of my personal favorites we’ll be playing.

How are you going to feel about playing those infamous 11:30 AM Warped Tour slots?
It’s all good. Guess it’ll be nice if we play early to have the day to relax. We’ll see though, could be total hell haha.

Any strange or unusual happening in the past while out on the road?
Um, not really that come to mind. Everyday on the road is strange in its own way. Being in a new city every day is unusual, right?

Do you have any messages for Warped Tour attendees this year?
Looking forward to meeting everyone. Come find us at our tent and say hi!

Moving Mountains on Facebook

NEO GEO

Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
I am Rainy Terrell and am in a band called Neo Geo. I am the Singer and we are based out of Fullerton, CA.

What are you looking forward to the most about Warped Tour and is this your first time on the tour?
I’m looking forward to playing in front of different kids everyday and meeting new bands. This is our second time one the tour, we played last year in 2010.

If this is not your first time on Warped Tour, what advice would you give a band about to attempt Warped for the first time?
Learn where the restrooms and showers are at, bring plenty of sunscreen, and stay hydrated.

What could one expect from your live show at Warped Tour?
Expect a lot of energy, crowd involvement and passion!

What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title?
It’s self-titled and our debut record.

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
Can’t Catch Me” which is on the Warped Tour Compilation CD ths year, the lyrics came from the idea to never give up even when it’s most difficult and to never let anyone hold you down. The second song is “THS” and these lyrics were inspired from my father who was never in my life.

How are you going to feel about playing those infamous 11:30 AM Warped Tour slots?
If we get that slot, we will still go with the mentality to rock it.

Any strange or unusual happening in the past while out on the road?
Always, but a lady never tells.

Do you have any messages for Warped Tour attendees this year?
Don’t miss our show!

Neo Geo on Facebook

STEPHEN JERZAK

Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
My name is Stephen Jerzak and I’m a singer/songwriter from La Crosse, WI .

What are you looking forward to the most about Warped Tour and is this your first time on the tour?
The thing I’m most looking forward to about Warped Tour is getting the opportunity to share my music with everyone; old and new fans.

What could one expect from your live show at Warped Tour?
Lots of jumping around and having a great time! I’ll be playing a good mixture of upbeat music and acoustic songs.

What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title?
My latest release will be my debut album titled “Miles and Miles“. The title was inspired by my experience of being able to tour around the country, which has been a dream come true.

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
One song I’ll be performing is a song called “Next Level“. It’s about taking chances and not passing by opportunities. Another song I play is called “Party Like You’re Single” which is all about enjoying the single life and doing the things that make you happy.

How are you going to feel about playing those infamous 11:30 AM Warped Tour slots?
I’m ready for it! Nothing like having a nice breakfast and then playing a show.

Any strange or unusual happening in the past while out on the road?
Whenever I get asked this question, I think of a show I did in 2009 when somebody cut my hair and put it in a bag. Pretty unusual if you ask me!

Do you have any messages for Warped Tour attendees this year?
Have fun at Warped Tour this year and be sure to check out the show for a good time while you’re there!

Stephen Jerzak on Facebook

THE SUIT

Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
My name is Paul Olson, I do vocals for The Suit from Fargo, North Dakota

What are you looking forward to the most about Warped Tour and is this your first time on the tour?
I am looking forward to being along with my best friends, doing something we’ve all dreamed about for years, and we’re going to try to push ourselves really hard to get our name out. I’m looking forward to meeting new people, catching a lot of my favorite bands, and really soaking it in what its like to be along with the tour, not just playing 1 date, or even just going out and watching. This is our first time on warped tour.

What could one expect from your live show at Warped Tour?
A lot of sweat, haha. involvement. we like jumping around and having people see us being physically moved by our music, and hopefully that energy transfers to whoever is watching, and they want to have some fun with us!

What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title?
The Way That We Fall is our current EP to date.  It’s the title track to our EP and its about looking back and seeing the way either you personally, or have witnessed someone persevere through hardship, and pick themselves up, or you picking yourself up and keeping forward progress in your life. learning and moving on through trial and error.

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
The Way That We Fall – as explained above, and I’d have to say, We’re Not Coming Home. That one is about having such a good time, and you’re at such a perfect spot at that one moment in time that you want to make it last forever, and never have that perfect moment end.

How are you going to feel about playing those infamous 11:30 AM Warped Tour slots?
We’ll be out there bright and early anyway, we’ll play first or last, we’re just happy to be a part of it and to be given the opportunity.

Any strange or unusual happening in the past while out on the road?
There are always weird things going on it seems like.  Random people doing the craziest things.  Some things that they do are real life to them, but to us they’re so foreign.  I’d say the people we meet are consistently the craziest things about our travels.

Do you have any messages for Warped Tour attendees this year?
Be on the lookout for THE SUIT playing the Ernie Ball Stage from July 7th – July 20th.  Make sure you have the time of your life, Warped Tour is an awesome place to make friends and memories! its a sick lineup this year, so get there early, and be on the lookout for THE SUIT!

The Suit on Facebook

For Vans Warped Tour dates, please check out http://www.warpedtour.com!!!

See you in the pit!!!

(Interviews by Kenneth Morton)

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One Response to “VANS WARPED TOUR 2011 – A SNEAK PREVIEW”
  1. Marcy Dollison says:

    Cold Forty Three, I wish them the best and hope that others will enjoy there music. They work and play hard for there music. I have never seen anyone as dedicated to make it big and struggle so hard to get there music out to the public. These guys deserve recognition for all they go through, and all the hard work they do. Trying to put there music out there, for people to hear. I wish them success and stardom on Warp Tour, and on the road. May God keep them safe on the road and all the people at Warp Tour.

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