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Countdown To Vans Warped Tour 2018 – Part 3

Countdown To Vans Warped Tour 2018 – Part 3

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 2 of Countdown To Vans Warped Tour are Sleep On It, Stringer, Tatiana DeMaria, Wage War and We Are Sharks. Read on for find out more about the bands ready to make your Warped Summer of 2018 a vibrant celebration of music…

Sleep On It

Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
My name is TJ Horansky. I play guitar/sing in Sleep On It, and we are based out of Chicago, IL.

What are you looking forward to the most about this final cross country Warped Tour?
This is our first Warped Tour, so I’m excited to simply embrace the atmosphere all summer as one of the last bands to be a part of it.

What could one expect from your live show at Warped Tour?
We like to put on a high energy show. We also try to make sure that everyone feels welcome at our shows. It will hopefully be a positive and sweaty experience for everyone.

What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title?
We put out a record last November called Overexposed via Equal Vision Records. The title was inspired by the hardships and sacrifices you make while chasing something you love. We all make ourselves vulnerable in the pursuit of self-fulfillment.

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
Window is a song I wrote when one of my friends’ mom passed away. It’s about living with loss. Distant is another single from Overexposed. That song is about being afraid of getting too close to somebody because you don’t want to end up hurting them in any way.

How are you going to feel about playing those infamous 11:30 AM Warped Tour slots?
It will probably be tough because we’ve never played that early before, but we’ll chug some coffee and put on the best show we can!

Any strange or unusual happening in the past while out on the road?
Touring is a constant stream of strange occurrences haha. One story that sticks out for me though, I was driving the van late at night through rural Ohio and I swear I thought saw a UFO. It was hovering pretty low above the highway up ahead, and as we got closer, it flew away. I may have also just been sleep deprived and delirious.

If you could open up for any band, either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Smashmouth, because I love them.

Do you have any messages for Warped Tour attendees this year?
Stay hydrated and show up with an open mind. Support bands you love, and tell your friends about them! Word of mouth is still the best way to promote a band you enjoy.

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Photo Credit: Maverick Inman

Stringer

Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
Mark Fletcher; guitar & voice; New York City

What are you looking forward to the most about this final cross country Warped Tour?
It’s an honor just to be a part of it. I grew up going to Warped when it was on Randall’s Island in NYC, and never thought, but always dreamed, that I’d get a chance to play it. But if I had to pick one thing, aside from our set itself, I guess I’d say I’m really looking forward to meeting the other bands & getting to know them.

What could one expect from your live show at Warped Tour?
If Stringer is known for anything, it’s our live show. We place a lot of importance on keeping things spontaneous—never playing a song the same way twice, unpla