NBC’s The Voice wrapped up last week, but not before inviting Paramore to the stage to belt out a high-energy performance of their hit, “Ain’t It Fun.” Taking the stage with them was Voice runner-up Jacquie Lee who, for the record, held her own against Paramore. Watch out, Hayley Williams, is all I’m saying.
Paramore will be heading to Australia and New Zealand this January alongside Twenty One Pilots and You Me At Six, before hitting their Parahoy! cruise with Tegan and Sara, New Found Glory, Shiny Toy Guns, mewithoutYou, Bad Rabbits, and Reuben Wu. Check out the video and tour dates below. (more…)
Vans Warped Tour is known for executing well-organized lineup announcements far in advance of the annual traveling festival’s launch date. Based on a recent tweet from promoters, it looks like the first round of band announcements for the 2014 installment of Warped Tour will begin rolling out on December 4. You can view a screenshot of the tweet in question below:
(The accompanying Instagram image was a blank calendar page.)
December may seem far away, but a handful of sites have already begun posting about the acts they believe will be included on the bill. KillTheMusic, a popular alternative news site, claims to know the first six bands that will be announced. According to their sources, New Found Glory, Attila, Bayside, Balance & Composure, I Killed The Prom Queen, and Yellowcard will appear on the tour.
We’ll keep an eye out for updates on Warped ahead of the official announcement and let you know as soon as solid information begins to surface. Until then, comment below and let us know who you would like to see one next year’s tour.
Breaking just after 4pm EST yesterday, July 9, New Found Glory announced their plans for a live record by releasing a teaser video featuring an introduction from the group. The album, which is titled Kill It Live, will hit stores October 8 and feature three new songs. You can view the video below.
New Found Glory recently celebrated the ten-year anniversary of their Sticks and Stones LP with a nationwide tour. Whether or not these recordings are from that tour remains to be seen, but having witnessed the group perform, we’re certainly excited to hear the album. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on this upcoming release. (more…)
In a Set It Off song, you’re as likely to find strings and woodwinds as crunching guitars and sugary pop harmonies. The band’s members have been perfecting their unique blend of orchestral pop-punk since 2008 and are about to embark on their biggest adventure yet: a European tour with Yellowcard this spring. We chatted with vocalist Cody Carson about his classical background, love of ’90s R&B, and what advice he would give to up-and-coming acts looking to make their mark.
OS: You guys recently donated over $5000 to the VH1 Save The Music Foundation and you mention the influence of music programs on the band when you were young. What music programs were you involved in when you were in school?
Cody Carson: I went to Tarpon Springs High School in Tarpon Springs, Florida. In second grade, I picked up a clarinet, and I kept playing and I got very heavily involved in classical music. The only reason I went to Tarpon Springs High School was because of their music program; it was incredible. It taught you a great deal of work ethic, and there was also a leadership program that was called Tarpon Springs High School Music and Leadership Conservatory. I learned a lot of valuable life lessons there. I played clarinet and was involved in marching band and wind ensemble and jazz band. Because of the leadership program there, at the end of every year there was always a political campaign and I would run for clarinet section leader and woodwind captain, and those were two positions I held. I met Dan Clermont, our guitarist, there. He was the trumpet player there and he was also trumpet section leader and field commander and stuff like that. The program was incredible to us. (more…)
Ever since last night’s Billboard interview with Jordan Pundik, the internet has been going haywire with rumors of New Found Glory‘s impending hiatus. The only problem? It isn’t true.
Speaking to Billboard, Pudnik said:
I think we need to go away for a little bit, explains Pundik, who’s in the process of opening a tattoo shop in Nashville. We’ve been touring for a long time. I don’t think anybody’s in the headspace for writing a new record. We won’t go away completely; we’re still gonna be doing things here and there, probably some one-offs and things like that. But to be honest I don’t think we’ll have anything new out until 2014. But, Pundik adds, he’s not worried about the band members straying apart during any kind of hiatus.
To be honest, it’s easy to see this from both sides, however as guitarist Chad Gilbert points out, Pundik never used the word hiatus, and Gilbert says the entire thing has been a misunderstanding. At most he says, they’ll be taking six months off.
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Break out your Etnies and your nautical star wristbands because we’re going back to 2002. This fall, pop punk stalwarts New Found Glory will be hitting the road to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of their ’02 album Sticks and Stones by playing the record live in its entirety. In contrast with recent gigs, the dates for the Sticks and Stones 10 Year Anniversary Tour will be primarily at smaller, more intimate venues. Ticket pre-sales begin this Thursday, September 6. In addition, Epitaph is offering a limited edition Sticks and Stones vinyl that includes “Anniversary,” a previously unreleased song. Supporting New Found Glory will be Seahaven (November 24 to December 3), Candy Hearts (December 5 to December 16), and The Story So Far (full tour), who take their name from the hidden track at the end of Sticks and Stones.
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Releasing three albums in just 18 months sounds like an exhausting endeavor, but you wouldn’t know it from the looks of Yellowcard at their recent Vans Warped Tour dates. The band is as full of energy as they were back during the early 2000s, and are gearing up for the release of their newest studio album Southern Air. We sat down with guitarist Ryan Mendez at their Mansfield, Mass. Warped Tour stop to talk about his early days on the tour, the writing process for the new record, and the album’s one big guest appearance that didn’t make the final cut.
OS: It’s the band’s 5th time on Warped Tour. What’s different this time around?
RM: Well, I did the tour in ’02 and ’04 with my old band when we were traveling in a van, and it was just the most bottom-of-the-barrel experience of paying your dues on Warped Tour. Now, with us being at the level that we’re at, and me being a part of Yellowcard, it couldn’t be any more different for me. We did about half of the tour in ’07, and that was awesome too, but we were in kind of a tough time as a band then, and we were having issues with our bass player, who ended up leaving the band later in the year. It was just not the right mental page for us to be on, but now everybody’s doing great, we’ve got a new record coming out, and the tour has been awesome. Warped just treats us so well, and we’ve been having a great time.
OS: Yeah, the reception at your show today was awesome
RM: I think it was probably the best show of the tour for us. Before that, I think Chicago was the best show, but this might have taken it’s place!
It wouldn’t be hyperbolic to call New Jersey pop punk act Man Overboard a touring machine. Their schedule for 2012 has so far included dates in the United Kingdom, United States, continental Europe, Russia, and Ukraine. As if that weren’t enough, this summer they played every single date on notoriously brutal The Vans Warped Tour. We caught up with guitarist Justin Collier at their Mansfield, MA Warped Tour stop to talk stage dives, Russian punk shows, and why little girls love New Found Glory.
OS: You guys played a killer set earlier today, even though you had a pretty early time slot.
JC: I think that a lot of bands get really bummed out when they first come on the tour and find out they have to play either really early or really late. They think that if they play first, then nobody’s going to be there, and if they play last, then everybody’s going to be gone already. Even though some kids at our signing today told us that they missed our set because they didn’t get there until 1 p.m, I think a lot of kids do get there early. Some of the people who arrive early and don’t have anyone to watch will think, “Oh yeah, I’ve heard of that band. I’ll check them out.” And that’s half the battle of Warped Tour. That’s what you’re here for”to get new fans.
OS: But by now, you guys have become a fairly established act on the tour, and it doesn’t seem like you need to try incredibly hard to get a lot of people out to see you. There were a certainly a lot of people out there this morning.
JC: It’s different in different places, you know? When you play somewhere like Boston and there are 20,000 people out there, it’s a little easier than when you play Kansas and there are only 5,000 people for all of the bands on the tour. Being from a city like Boston or Philly, where I’m from, there are always good shows. There would be bands that I’d see in Philly and I’d think, “Wow, they’re huge,” but I’d see them somewhere else and realize that they weren’t as big as they seemed.
OS: Being from a place with very intense scene loyalty, like the Philly or Jersey area, how do you feel when you tour abroad? You guys have toured in some very distant places recently, like Russia and Ukraine. What effect do those experiences have on the feeling of musical place you get from your hometowns?
JC: It makes me really appreciate being from the city of Philadelphia. I think that I didn’t before, but now I do, because there are things like R5 Productions and other really great companies, people, and collectives that do shows and events and all kinds of cool stuff. I have a very high standard of how punk shows should be run, but then we would go somewhere like Russia and, not to their discredit, they just haven’t been bred the same way that Phildelphians and Bostonians have been bred to run punk shows. I’m used to some pretty cool shit, but other places are just different and you have to get used to it. It’s always an adventure going somewhere else anyway.
It’s official: We’ve survived one week on the Vans Warped Tour…and we’re having a blast! Our national Warped Tour competition winner Larry g(EE) has been stopping people in their tracks with his energetic live performances, and the crowds have been left screaming for more. Plus, Junior Doctor, Avion Roe and the rest of the artists on the OurStage.com Stage artists are tearing up the stage every day.
Here’s a collection of our favorite photos from Warped Tour this week. Check out our official Tumblr blog for more photos, live videos, interviews and more, and share your photos with us on Twitter and Instagram by tagging them with #ourstagewarped. See you on the road!