Michigan-based Stepdad have just released a poppy new EP entitled Strange Tonight. This catchy as hell four-track EP also packs a punch, in true Stepdad form. An underground fan favorite since 2009, the band has toured with the likes of Fitz & The Tantrums, Reptar, Passion Pit, and are vets of the Vans Warped Tour. They also make frankly delightful videos. Check out the EP below and let us know your thoughts. (more…)
What better way to start the new year than with the promise of new headlining tour dates? Saves The Day have revealed that following their UK tour with Brand New, they’ll be hitting the road for another run of European shows. This time, the band will stop in Germany and Italy for seven concerts, with more to be announced. Check out the routing below.
Earlier this year, singer-songwriter Brian Marquis, former guitarist and vocalist for Therefore I Am, came up with a plan for an acoustic stage at the 2012 Vans Warped Tour. With the approval of the tour’s founder and manager Kevin Lyman, Marquis went on to produce, manage, and perform on the stage all summer. He called it the Acoustic Basement, and despite being thrown into a loud boisterous punk rock festival, the stage was a huge success, attracting more and more fans and artists every day.
Now, before returning to next year’s Warped Tour, the Acoustic Basement will be taking flight on it’s own tour in February 2013. Artists performing on the tour will include Brian Marquis, Koji, A Loss For Words, Geoff Rickly (Thursday), and Vinnie Caruana (I Am The Avalanche).
More info and dates soon to follow.
In the meantime,click here to learn more about the Acoustic Basement and what it takes to run a stage on the toughest tour in America.
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Boston pop-punk band Transit have been getting really into acoustic performances this year, having performed on the Acoustic Basement stage almost every day at the Vans Warped Tour this past summer. The unplugged renditions of their own songs were incredibly well-received by fans and newcomers, as were the few covers that they played.
Today the band released a video of themselves covering one of their “personal favorite” songs, “Motorcycle Drive By” by Third Eye Blind. Filmed and recorded at Maximum Sound Studios near Boston, MA, this is a heartfelt rendition that fits well with the band’s sound, showing where some of their inspiration comes from. Check out the video below:
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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.
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!