I missed Vans Warped Tour, and I regret it entirely. This is the second straight year that I wanted to go but couldn’t get myself to purchase the tickets. My first two Warped experiences were extremely memorable and enjoyable, and I honestly wish I went this year to relive the fun moments and catch some of my favorite bands.
Did I miss getting nasty tan-lines from the scorching sun or extreme thirst that even the coldest of waters couldn’t quench? Nope, but I missed jamming to my favorite bands singing some of my favorite songs.
Here are some of the bands that made me regret not going to Vans Warped Tour this year.
Dance Gavin Dance
Discovering this band a few months before their sixth studio album Instant Gratification in 2015 was the best moment of my life. They quickly became my favorite band (or at least top three since my favorite often changes between them and two other choices), and I’ve been obsessed with them ever since. I saw them for the first time back in March of this year, and it was the most wild concert I’ve attended, which is odd since they aren’t a heavy act at all. They blend post-hardcore with progressive rock, doused heavily in funk. I simply cannot get enough of their jolly, infectious sound.
I had always been aware of this young band, but I didn’t fall in love with them until they dropped Help! in the summer of last year. Trading in their blistering metalcore for some polished nu-metal, Sylar instantly became one of the hottest acts around. Shifting from more or less a generic sound to something innovative and fresh was the band’s great accomplishment to this point, and the future is theirs for the taking.
I was watching these guys at Warped long before I became a fan, and I remember thinking, “Damn, these guys can throw a show.” I’ve been raging to their stuff ever since. Easily one of the most controversial bands out there, Attila never fails to be on the minds of others. Whether you listen because you love it or listen because you hate it, you listen to it nonetheless because Attila is just that different. Their boisterous, vulgar party death metal brand chock full of rapped lyrics and deathly breakdowns is unique to them, and they own it. Led by one of the most well-known vocalists Fronz, the band continues to ascend higher and higher, picking up more fans and haters along the way.
I just recently became infatuated with this band, and seeing them live would have made me die. Sworn In is vicious, dark, and dreary—in other words, they’re amazing. Their unique chaotic style of deathcore is game-changing. Although they catch a ton of hate, they truly are exceptional when you give them a chance. Their latest album is a contender for the best album of 2017, and I don’t say they lightly.
The White Noise
This band is punk af. Yet they do it extremely well because they weave metalcore into it. The White Noise is a new band with only an EP and freshly released album to their name. However, with their growth in a relatively short period, I know for a fact that this band will grow monumentally. They are what Crown the Empire could have been had they not decided to drop Retrograde. In other words, The White Noise is just better now, and I couldn’t get to see them be better.
Along the same vein of Attila, Emmure gets a lot of hate. I believe it is because they followed a simple formula and did it extremely well. Yet with a overhaul of the band lineup and more focused approach to music, Emmure dropped one of the best projects 2017 with Look At Yourself. Destroying eardrums with their raucous deathcore, Emmure keeps it real and raw at all times. Unfortunately, I’ve never been able to witness them live, and I spend many moments self-loathing because of it.