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Countdown To Vans Warped Tour 2018 – Part 1

Countdown To Vans Warped Tour 2018 – Part 1

Welcome to the Highwire Daze Annual Countdown To Vans Warped Tour!  Now in its 24nd year and gearing up to make its final trek across the country, the Vans Warped Tour is ready to leave a whole lot of music and memories upon this year’s attendees. Originally conceived by founder Kevin Lyman in 1995 as an eclectic alternative rock festival, with a focus on punk rock, over the years the tour has grown to include a multitude of genres, including metal, hip hop, reggae, pop and more.

This year’s edition of the Vans Warped Tour kicks off in Pomona, California on June 21st and concludes in West Palm Beach, Florida on August 5th.  Visit the Official Vans Warped Tour website for cities and tour dates HERE!

Featured in Part 1 of Countdown To Vans Warped Tour are Broadside, Chelsea Grin, Disrupted Euphoria, Harms Way, In Hearts Wake, and The Interrupters. Read on for find out more about the bands ready to make your Warped Summer of 2018 a vibrant celebration of music…

Broadside

Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
My name is Oliver Baxxter. I sing in Broadside and live in Los Angeles.

What are you looking forward to the most about this final cross country Warped Tour?
Just existing in such an exciting energy again. I think being a part of the “final” version of anything is incredible as well.

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?
Just be yourself, don’t be afraid to be a “fan” to other bands you give a shit about. Tell them, don’t be too “cool.”

What could one expect from your live show at Warped Tour?
We are jokesters. We have a common theme of trying to be funnier than one another. It’s a healthy competition.

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
Paradise – it just about moving to California and saying “no matter what, I won’t fail”. The classic I want to be a star story.

Laps Around A Picture Frame – it’s literally a song about having a panic attack.

How are you going to feel about playing those infamous 11:30 AM Warped Tour slots?
They are truly a testament of get your ass up and make it happen. But, if you finish early you get the whole day to drink smoothies and discover other bands!

Any strange or unusual happening in the past while out on the road?
Our van notoriously breaks down. Like almost every single time.

If you could open up for any band, either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
The Beatles because they are the best “full package” band of all time. We could probably benefit from learning from those guys AND their marketing team.

Do you have any messages for Warped Tour attendees this year?
Drink water, speak your mind, take it in, all of it!

Broadside on Facebook

Chelsea Grin

Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
My names Tom.  I hail from the beautiful state of New Jersey.  I sing for Chelsea Grin!

What are you looking forward to the most about this final cross country Warped Tour?
i have never been to or on a Warped Tour so I’m just excited to be apart of something huge like this.

What could one expect from your live show at Warped Tour?
Well for starters this is Chelsea’s first time playing with a new front man, so new and old fans alike are in for some heavy shit.

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
We have a new record coming out called Eternal Nightmare and we will also be playing some new tracks off it live.

Chelsea Grin fans can expect Recreant and our new single Dead Rose, both song lyrics speak for themselves and if you haven’t read them, be sure to take the time to peep those lyrics!

How are you going to feel about playing those infamous 11:30 AM Warped Tour slots?
As for the 11:30 slot, I’m happy to play for anyone who’s willing to listen.

If you could open up for any band, either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
If i could open for any band, I’d say Behemoth or Tyler The Creator.

Do you have any messages for Warped Tour attendees this year?
For anyone coming out come sweat and chat it up! I cant wait to meet all the new faces!

Chelsea Grin on Facebook

Photo Credit: Jack Lue

Disrupted Euphoria

Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
My name is Hannah Rebel, I’m the vocalist for the metal band Disrupted Euphoria, based out of Moorpark, CA.

What are you looking forward to the most about this final cross country Warped Tour and is this your first time on the tour?
This is our first time paying Warped Tour, yes. We’re especially looking forward to performing for so many people. We never know just who is going to be interested in our sound, and we’re often surprised by who is, so we’re excited to see how our reception goes.

What could one expect from your live show at Warped Tour?
Mass amounts of headbanging, the throwing up of many horns, and moshing to brutal music with a carnal beat inspired by tales of the past.

What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title?
Our next EP will be called Tales of Solace: A Tribute to Atrocities. It was inspired by our theme for these next two EPs which will both be about mass murderers and serial killers that aren’t as commonly heard of. Everyone knows about Dahmer, Bundy, and Gacy, but it’s amazing how few know about Vlad the Impaler, Elizabeth Bathory, or H.H. Holmes.

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
Our song Fury from our last album of the same title is inspired by the movie Mad Max: Fury Road. It includes recognizable chants from the film like “WITNESS ME!” and “I LIVE, I DIE, I LIVE AGAIN!” It gets people pumped. Another song we’ll be playing, The Doctor is about H.H. Holmes, who is America’s first famous serial killer. Imagine a scarier, smarter, more conniving version of Sweeney Todd who finished medical school, and let that stew for a bit.

Any strange or unusual happening in the past while out on the road?
We had just left for a gig and our drummer was REALLY angry. When he gets angry, he breaks things. I don’t mind as long as he breaks HIS OWN THINGS. THIS TIME however, he slammed my back passenger door by the partially rolled-down GLASS and NOT THE HANDLE, so the ENTIRE WINDOW shattered all over the back seat. He immediately felt extremely horrible and we’ve never stopped making fun of him for it.

If you could open up for any band, either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
For me personally, I would be completely freaking ecstatic to open for Avatar or Ghost. Those are my absolute top two favorite metal bands. The vocal and instrumental melodic skills of both bands are straight up infectious.

Do you have any messages for Warped Tour attendees this year?
Go all out. See absolutely everything you can this year because it’s the last tour, so you better make it count. Also, definitely come to the Ventura date so Disrupted Euphoria can show you just who we are and hopefully add to our growing fan base “the ruin”.

Disrupted Euphoria on Facebook

Photo Credit: Sarah Dunn

Harm’s Way

Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
My name is Bo, I play guitar in Harm’s Way and live in Chicago, IL.

What are you looking forward to the most about this final cross country Warped Tour?
Playing Warped is something any punk kid has dreamed of doing, so it’s very cool for me personally to have our name on such a crazy roster of both past and present bands. A lot of our collective favorite bands have played on some of the Warped Tour stages, so it’s really cool for us. I’m looking forward to just kind of getting out there and doing it… Harm’s Way is a band that thrives when we are busy and have the chance to work together with our unit, I think Warped will be a perfect venue for that.

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?
It is our first time, but we have been getting advice from a lot of peers who have done it before. The biggest thing we have heard is to expect to not shower very much and to get used to heat.

What could one expect from your live show at Warped Tour?
One of my favorite things about our band is that we put out 100% of the time, no matter what. You could expect the same show from Harm’s Way on Warped Tour that you would have seen from another huge festival, a club show or a basement show. It doesn’t matter to us how big a stage is or how many people are (or aren’t) watching, we will go off just as hard regardless. It will be loud and aggressive.

What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title?
Our newest record came out in February of this year, on METAL BLADE RECORDS, and is titled Posthuman. The record title is really a mix of the message behind the lyrics, our collective outlook on the world and just where we are as a species.