For 24 years, punk rock summer camp brought misfits, strays, and losers together for a whirlwind of loud music and zero judgement. Like all things we find enjoyable, Warped Tour is ending. Gone is one of the biggest staples in alternative music. But Warped didn’t go down without one last hurrah in Chicago. 21,000 people showed up to the sold out Tinley Park day of Warped Tour. In all my years at Warped Tour, it has never rained at the Chicago date. I guess the universe has be
Warped in Reverse—warping back to Vans Warped Tour 2017! Series #7 Being As An Ocean was one of the best bands on the 2017 Vans Warped Tour. One minute fans were screaming, the next minute they were crying. But it was a welcomed roller coaster of emotions. The band is known for its melodic hardcore music. Being As An Ocean has a unique sound quality that makes all of their music easily identifiable. It’s not quite spoken word, but not completely unclean vocal either, which se
After 24 years of good music and even better memories, the Vans Warped Tour begins its final full cross-country tour this week. Photos by Kiya Gaskin Warped Tour began in 1995, although it wasn’t just music. It included Skate competitions and even wrestling. The genres have changed quite significantly throughout the years. Bands such as Sublime, No Doubt, NOFX, Blink 182 and Reel Big Fish were some of the very first headliners, eventually evolving into Eminem and Katy Perry,
Let’s be real. Warped Tour sucks. Before you stop reading, hear me out. We wake up at the crack of dawn to arrive three to four hours early to the venue. If you’re lucky, it’s below 100 degrees. If you’re not, well, rest in peace. By 9 a.m., people are dropping like flies. Surviving until gates open is a privilege. Granted you don’t pass out before the doors open, you rush inside only to find out none of the stages are where you thought they’d be. The gigantic inflatable sche
Shawna Potter’s Creating Safer Spaces TEI Workshop highlighted the importance of fighting against harassment. Its main goal is to make venues a safer place for concert goers, artists, and stage crew. Safer Scenes is not specifically for women, though it has resources for women, it is also for men and Tour Press Force was glad to see men in audience. Tour Press Force really liked how Potter interacted with the audience and molded her workshop to how we are involved in the musi
Let me give you a brief example of how my day at 2017 Vans Warped Tour [SAN DIEGO 8.5.17] went… There were a ton of hair flipping, head-banging, air punching, crowd surfing, music playing all while boiling in the sun! lol First up was Lisa Johnson’s Life In The Pit: The Rock Photographer Experience TEI Workshop. Instantly, I went from checking in to now heading towards heavens of all heaven…the pit (dun dun dun). First up of the day was a Rock/Experimental band from Cranberry
Storms cleared just in time for Warped Tour, but that did not stop the show from being chaotic. July 22 was supposed to be chock-full of rain, lightning, and high winds, but the exact opposite occurred. Piercing UV rays and blinding sunshine is what Chicago got. Walking in, the first noticeable thing is how difficult Warped Tour is to navigate. Everyone is in a rush, and no one knows where they are going. It would be so hilarious if the panic of not knowing if you are going t
The old adage of “getting there early to get a good place in line” didn’t entirely hold true for Warped Tour Phoenix 2017. We got there a little after 8 am and were hoping to get a jump on the crowd. What we found was a growing line of cars parked along 99th Avenue in front of a locked gate. The temperature was already approaching 100°, and they weren’t letting us in. Even worse, kids walking down the path to check out what was going on were being turned back. Our air con
When the 2017 Vans Warped Tour stopped in gruesomely hot Phoenix, AZ on June 22, TPF caught up with Shawna Potter to discuss how she is making a difference with her TEI workshop. Shawna Potter is the lead singer of the Hardcore band War On Women. War On Women use their platform to promote feminism and discuss social issues. With her TEI workshop “Creating Safer Spaces; You Have the Power to Shape Your Scene”, Potter is helping festival-goers learn about and promote feminism,
Get ready for a shake down on Full Sail University stage at Vans Warped Tour this summer 'cause Playboy Manbaby knows how to serve it. Look out for this Arizona Post-Funk Punk band - complete with their own 'Chief Inspector and Party Deputy'...
Reporting agencies have announced summer GWAR sightings on the Mutant Stage at Vans Warped Tour and Playboy Manbaby is ready for blood sacrifice. GWAR...they're coming for you! "Playboy Manbaby is the breath of fresh air fans of 80's
Tour Press Force (TPF) catches up with Adrian Estrella, vocalist for the Pop-Punk-Alternative-Easycore band Assuming We Survive during their run with Icon For Hire's You Can't Kill Us Tour stop at Club Red in Mesa, AZ. | 5.16.17 We always look forward to visiting with Assuming We Survive when they roll through the Valley here in Phoenix, AZ! The band was not long out of the gate on their tour run with Icon For Hire and will be playing through June 25. Frontman Estrella never
Warped In Reverse Episode #23 This week's Warped In Reverse Wednesday features Whitechapel. The band recently celebrated its 35th year with Metal Blade Records. These photos were shot by our co-founder Nahnalah_G during Vans Warped Tour in San Diego, CA last summer. Whitechapel is an American Deathcore band from Knoxville, Tennessee. The band is named after the Whitechapel district in East London, England, referencing the series of murders committed by Jack the Ripper. The gr
Warped In Reverse Episode #22 This week on Warped In Reverse Wednesday we are featuring photos of the New Jersey based Hardcore heavyweights Old Wounds. Photos were shot by our co-founder Nahnalah_G during Vans Warped Tour 2016 in San Diego, California. Tour Press Force (TPF) talked with bassist Michael Weintraub during the Warped Tour stop in San Diego. Weintraub. Here's what Weintraub had to say to aspiring musicians, “Start a fucking band. Go to shows. Be involved in what'
Warped In Reverse
Episode #21 “I'm lost in make believe
Why Oh God why are you doing this to me?
I don't know who I am anymore
These are my last days 'cause hell has been calling for me
Why am I crazy, Why am I crazy!?
I am a disease and hell has been calling for me
Devour the darkness, light won't find me...”
Dark Matter [Track no.11] The Word Alive, the American Metalcore band from Phoenix, Arizona debuted their fourth full-length album just in time for Vans Warped
Warped In Reverse Episode #19 Interview by Cosmic-A (Monica Demattei) | Transcription by Tyler Peckham Regular Joe men from suburban Pennsylvania make up From Ashes to New, (signed to Better Noise Records) and with their genuine sound, it isn’t hard to believe that they have been through hardship to be where they are today. The band is made up of Matt Brandyberry on keyboard and the occasional rap; Branden Kreider on rhythm guitar and vocals; Lance Dowdle on lead guitar, and
Warped In Reverse, Episode #15 Interview by Cosmic-A (Monica Demattei) | Transcription by Kiya Gaskin Tour Press Force is throwing it back to Warped Tour 2016 again, this time with Broadside. Broadside is an East Coast Pop Punk band. The group formed in late 2010. The creative minds behind Broadside are: bassist Patrick Diaz, guitarist Dorian Cooke, guitarist Niles Gibbs, and vocalist Ollie Baxxter. Broadside is signed to Victory Records and have been gaining traction within
Warped In Reverse - Episode #14
Interview by Cosmic-A (Monica Demattei) | Transcription by Kiya Gaskin | Photography by Taryn Poe Kentucky based Post-Hardcore band, Emarosa, was far away from home when Tour Press Force caught up with them at the Phoenix, Arizona tour date of Vans Warped Tour 2016. Emarosa is: Bradley Scott Walden, ER White, Jordan Stewart, and Matthew Marcellus. The band is signed to Hopeless Records and their latest release was their new music video “Sure” o
Tour Press Force (TPF) took a jaunt down south to the Rialto Theatre in Tucson on February 25 to review Attila’s Let’s Get Abducted Winter Tour 2017, with New Years Day, Bad Omens, Cane Hill, and local opening support band Before I Die rounding out the bill with strident Metal mayhem. Earlier that day, we did an interview with Cane Hill and that is when we discovered that due to a pre-tour injury, New Years Day had to drop from the lineup to heal for their run with The Van’s
Warped In Reverse - Episode #13
Interview by Cosmic-A (Monica Demattei) | Transcription by Tyler Peckham Wage War is a young Metalcore band from Ocala, Florida who formed in 2013 and was signed soon after by Fearless Records. The band is comprised of Briton Bond on vocals, Cody Quistad on guitar and vocals, Seth Blake on guitar, Chris Gaylord on bass, and Stephen Kluesener on drums. Their debut album Blueprint came out in November of 2015 and more music is in the works. In 20