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Warped Tour Announces Next 12 Bands

Warped Tour 2014Usually on Thursday mornings we’re pretty thrilled to bring you the next four, maybe five bands to play this year’s Warped Tour. But this week, FuseTV‘s Warped Roadies has rattled off an incredible 12 new bands. So if your favorite band hadn’t already been announced, your odds of seeing them this summer just tripled.

The next 12 bands to play the tour are The Summer Set, DangerkidsDayshell, For All Those Sleeping, Get Scared, Pvris, Wax, WatskyDJ Nicola Bear, One OK Rock, Pacific Dub, and OurStage artist Heart To HeartDid your favorite bands make the list? If not, check back next week, and in the meantime view previously announced bands below.

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Warped Tour 2014 Routing Changed

Warped Tour 2014Just yesterday we announced the latest additions to the Warped Tour lineup, including The Maine, Crown The Empire, and many more. The festival has now updated the tour routing due to scheduling conflicts. You can find the new schedule, read a message from the tour, and watch a video update from founder Kevin Lyman below. (more…)

Rob Zombie And Kevin Lyman Announce Haunted House Plans

Rock deity Rob Zombie has partnered with Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman to create one of the largest haunted houses in the country.

According a to a new interview with Lyman, from which you can read an excerpt below, Zombie and Lyman will soon launch a 3,700-square-foot “Great American Nightmare” haunted house at the Pomona, California Fairgrounds. The details are vague at this point, but given Zombie’s work in horror we expect nothing short of sheer terror. Here’s what Lyman had to say: (more…)

Exclusive Q and A: Ballyhoo! Plan To Bring Back '90s Ska Punk

Take a look back at the original Warped Tour lineup from 1995 and you’ll see bands like No Doubt, Sublime, and Supernova. With the festival’s rapid expansion and desire to include more diverse artists, today’s lineup is a far cry from the original punk-centric focus of the tour. Luckily, Ballyhoo! frontman Howi Spangler has a plan to bring back the nostalgic sounds of ’90s ska punk with the band’s new material. The Aberdeen, Md. four-piece just recently completed the entire run of the Vans Warped Tour and are already back on tour until the end of September.

We had the chance to chat with Howi about life on Warped Tour, sharing the stage with reggae legends, and what the band hopes to accomplish with their next record.

OS: You’ve had a busy summer already! Tell us about the performances you’ve done so far.

HS: It has been busy! We started the [Warped ]Tour in Salt Lake City, and we’re doing the whole thing. Every day’s been awesome, the kids have been really great. We’re getting a lot of new listeners that come up every day, so that’s awesome. We have a guy in a sombrero that’s out there selling CDs in the morning to the line, turning new heads. We hooked up this thing called the “Ghetto Blaster,” it’s basically our handtruck and we have a speaker, a generator and a mixer, and our set time on it, and it just blasts our songs. So he takes that out in the morning and it just puts it right in their face, like, “This is Ballyhoo! Listen up!”

OS: What has been your favorite stop/state on Warped so far?

HS: Chicago was awesome, Chicago was really good. That’s the first one that comes to mind. We had a really great crowd. San Francisco was amazing as well, we had a really good time there. We had five or six hundred people out there. Boston was really great today, too!

OS: What other bands have you most enjoyed seeing at Warped Tour?

HS: Motionless in White, those guys are sick. Just heavy screaming, heavy guitars, they paint themselves black and white…the crowd was nuts, it was really cool to see that. New Found Glory’s killing it, Yellowcard’s killing it every day. Tonight Alive, We Are The In Crowd, A Loss For Words…there’s just so many good bands.

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Thursday, April 5th, 2012

OS @ Warped Series: Sick Of Sarah

With summer right around the corner, we can’t help but be totally stoked for Warped Tour. In case you haven’t heard, we’ll be sponsoring our own stage for twenty-two dates and bringing twenty-three artists out to perform on it. Twenty-two acts will snag a performance at their local tour stop, and one lucky artist will get to perform on every date (tour bus included). In addition, there are a handful of other OurStage artists already booked to play various dates of the tour. We decided to catch up with them to get the scoop on their summer plans.

First up is Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Sick of Sarah. With indie rock chops that are both punky and polished, this band of female musicians are not to be overlooked. We chatted with lead vocalist Abisha Uhl and drummer/vocalist Jessica Forsythe about what it’s like to be in an all-female band, their local scene and why they can’t wait for Warped.

OS: Tell us about how the band formed and how you decided on a name.

AU: The band started off as four guitar players…and then realized that’s not going to work! We started in 2005. The name Sick of Sarah comes from my old roommate; her name was Sarah. One night, she was kind of drunk and she was like, “I hate my name. I’m sick of Sarah.” And I was like, hey, I like that. It was kind of random, but SOS has a nice ring to it.

OS: For those who haven’t heard your music yet, how would you describe your sound? Who are your biggest influences?

AU: Our sound is kind of rock/pop/indie style.

JF: Yeah, I’d say rock music.

AU: Yeah. We get inspired by a lot of musicians. In the earlier years, Jessica and I both really were into Blink 182, Weezer, Radiohead, Depeche Mode. And now, we love Metric, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Alkaline Trio.

JF: Right now, I’m listening to a lot of Death Cab…I really like a lot of the indie rock that’s going on. A lot of the ’90s alternative rock was what I was listening to growing up. I also love hip hop, I love Jay-Z, Eminem… [laughs]

AU: We love a lot of different music.

OS: Were any of you in bands before this? Were they all-girl bands too?

JF: Three of us have been in other bands. Jessie was in a couple other bands…

AU: She toured with Babes in Toyland in their last European tour, I think it was 2000 or 2001, and that was an all-girl band. When the band started, I had never been in a band before, I had only played solo stuff.

JF: Jamie and I were both stolen from other bands. I was in a band with two guys and a girl, and I know Jamie was in a band with her brother and a couple of other guys. I think she was the only female in her band.

OS: Do you think people underestimate you, being an all-girl band?

Both: Oh yeah.

JF: Usually when we first hit the stage, everyone’s wondering what these girls are going to sound like. Usually, once we’re done with our set, we get a lot of high fives from dudes who are like, “You guys are actually pretty good!” [laughs] I think we get that stigma a lot.

OS: It seems like there’s a lot more female musicians emerging in this scene, though, especially on Warped Tour.

JF: I think I heard there were five female-fronted bands on the tour this year? So that will be really cool.

OS: You guys are based in Minneapolis…what is the local scene there like? Do you feel as though you guys fit in well?

AU: The scene here is really good. The music scene is amazing. We definitely are welcomed in our hometown as far as our music goes, they’re very accepting. It’s such an honor to come from a music scene like this and make it.

JF: We’re really trying to play a lot more in Minneapolis but we’ve been touring for two or three years all around the country. We started touring in Europe and stuff, so we really miss Minneapolis. We recently played three Minneapolis shows and they’ve been really awesome. We’ve been really feeling the love and support from Minneapolis to try to hook up with other Minneapolis-based bands.

OS: You’re playing a bunch of dates of Warped Tour this year….how did you get that opportunity?

AU: There’s a girl Sarah who works at Warped Tour, and she’s really into our music. She works side-by-side with [Warped Tour founder] Kevin Lyman. She helped us out a lot, getting us on there. When we were on Warped Tour last year, we sat down with Kevin Lyman and we were like, “Hey, we’d love to be a part of this in the future.”

OS: What was your experience like last year?

AU: It was an amazing experience. It was so much fun and such a privilege to be surrounded by all these artists.

OS: Speaking of being surrounded by awesome artists, who are you most looking forward to seeing perform at Warped Tour this year?

JF: I’m excited to see Dead Sara and New Found Glory…

AU: The Used!

JF: Yeah, The Used!

OS: Anything else you’d like to say to your fans on OurStage?

AU: We’d just like to say thank you for all the support and we hope to come out to Warped Tour every year and put on a show for all of our fans. We appreciate them and we love them.