Warped is like a summer camp for many. It’s the one time of year where the indoor punk kids willingly venture outside to brave the heat and the sun for their love of music. While this year seemed to cater to those with a penchant for heavier bands, those who like their rock music over easy could be found moshing along to Neck Deep on one of the main stages as well as to Creeper, The Gospel Youth, and Boston Manor on the Full Sail stage–just to name a few.
Standout moments for me came from New Years Day, Creeper, and Boston Manor. Before going to Warped this year, I admit, I’d never listened to NYD before. I had heard rumblings about how they put on an energetic show and something about the lead singer flipping her hair around. After making it a point to check out their set, I found out that the hype was, in fact, real. The prowess of frontwoman Ash Costello had me captivated, as did the enthusiasm of the fans in the crowd… So much so that I went on Spotify a few days after to really get a feel for their music, and now I’m hooked.
Creeper is a breath of nostalgic air for me because they bring theatrics back to alternative music. This was my first time seeing them live, and their intense, vibrant energy left me eager for them to announce another tour. From circle pits to heartfelt crowd singalongs, you can experience it all at one of their shows, even during a short, thirty-minute set.
One of the most impactful shows of the day for me came from Boston Manor. Admittedly, I hadn’t listened to them all that much–a mistake I’ve since made up for–and thus I didn’t expect their set to have much intensity. They definitely proved me wrong. For one, guitarist Mike Cunniff’s stage antics are a sight to behold. From his jumping to his throwing his guitar around like a toy, it was such an entertaining show. On top of that, vocalist Henry Cox’s outpouring of emotion was palpable, and the crowd easily fed off of it and gave it back to him tenfold.
Everyone’s quick to judge the acts on Warped Tour every year. “This year’s too heavy. This year’s too pop-punk,” the nay-sayers complain. I confess, before heading out this year, I wasn’t completely thrilled with the lineup either, as there weren’t many of my personal favorites on the tour. However, after attending and checking out new artists I’d only heard a lot about, I found some great new music to listen. That’s one of the beautiful things about this festival: while you may go to see the bands you love, it’s very likely you’ll discover hidden gems that become your new favorite bands.
OUR LAST NIGHT
NEW YEARS DAY
THE GOSPEL YOUTH
TOO CLOSE TO TOUCH
COVERAGE: LEAH DICKERMAN