Vans Warped Tour 2010

By Chip Tamplin

Published on Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Vans Warped tour is one of America’s longest running tours. In its 16th consecutive year, Warped Tour shows no signs of slowing down as it show cases the best in punk, rock and hardcore. Featuring 50+ bands a day, it’s hard to imagine any festival ever competing with the juggernaut that Warped Tour has become. With doors opening at 11am and the showing starting soon after and continuing deep into the night, Warped is America’s premier summer tour. Aside from the bands Warped has a plethora of other things to do such as a huge assortment of sponsors giving out free stuff, contests, meet and greets with some of the tours biggest bands and the aptly titled Reverse Day Care. For those unfamiliar with the tour, Reverse Day Care is a fully air conditioned tent where kids can bring their parents so the parents can be in the AC and watch movies while the kids can enjoy the tour without over bearing parents infringing on the fun.

Reel Big Fish:

Reel Big Fish was in my top 3 to cover at Warped Tour. I’d never seen them but fallen in love with them ever since I’d seen them for the first time in the movie BASEketball. They single handedly got me into ska and didn’t disappoint me on my first live impression of them. While singer/guitarist Aaron Barrett was a bit dull the rest of the band made up for it with lots of energy and pumping up the crowd that were just starting to accumulate. They also did an interesting cover of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” and gave it an interesting ska twist. I was very impressed with my first impression of Reel Big Fish and look forward to seeing them again.

Vocals: 9
Crowd Response: 7
Overall Sound: 9
Band Activity: 9
Overall Rating: 9

Setlist:

1. Everything Sucks
2. In the Pit
3. Your Guts (I Hate ‘Em)
4. The Set Up (You Need This) / Enter Sandman [Metallica cover]
5. Snoop Dog, Baby
6. She Has a Girlfriend Now
7. Another F.U. Song
8. Where Have You Been?
9. Sell Out
10. Beer

Every Time I Die:

I’ve never really been a fan of Every Time I Die. The last time I saw them I was less than impressed, but I decided to give them another shot to see if they could win me over (mostly because there was no other band I wanted to cover at the time). I can definitely say that their set was much better and much more entertaining than the last time I saw them. There was a lot of energy from singer Keith Buckley and his band mates. They played an interesting cover of Nirvana’s “Tourettes” and played a few of their signature songs including “Ebolarama” and “Werewolf”. As the band started into “Werewolf” vocalist Buckley cracked the joke “I want a mosh pit so big that the Insane Clown Posse would classify it as a miracle!”

Vocals: 7
Crowd Response: 9.5
Overall Sound: 8
Band Activity: 9.5
Overall Rating: 8.5

Setlist:

1. No Son of Mine
2. The Marvelous Slut
3. Ebolarama
4. I Been Gone a Long Time
5. After One Quarter of a Revolution
6. The New Black
7. Bored Stiff
8. Floater
9. Apocalypse Now and Then
10. Tourette’s [Nirvana cover]
11. Werewolf

The Dillinger Escape Plan:

The Dillinger Escape Plan was another band that I’ve never been a big fan of but decided to give another shot. I’m not sure if it was the way the instruments were tuned but throughout the three songs we were allowed to shoot, I could never understand one song from another or even hear singer Greg Puciato’s vocals. It just sounded like thirty minutes of noise. However, the energy conveyed by all members of the band was ridiculous. They were constantly running around stage, climbing up on and subsequently jumping off of amps, drum kits and other members. What this band lacks in music they make up for in showmanship. I’d pay to see them just for their live show.

Vocals: 5
Crowd Response: 10
Overall Sound: 5
Band Activity: 10
Overall Rating: 6

Setlist:

1. Panasonic Youth
2. Milk Lizard
3. 43% Burnt
4. Room Full of Eyes
5. Chinese Whispers
6. Good Neighbor
7. Sunshine the Werewolf
8. Farewell, Mona Lisa

Enter Shikari:

Continuing on the course of bands I don’t like or understand musically but are amazing live brings us to English-export, Enter Shikari. For every 30 seconds of music that sounds great, they add some ridiculous break down or instrumental that doesn’t fit with the flow of the song. But damn do they put on a show. Much like The Dillinger Escape Plan, the members of Enter Shikari are constantly climbing on stuff and jumping off it, running around screaming and jumping off the stage into the crowd. I will probably never get tired of covering this band.

Vocals: 9
Crowd Response: 9
Overall Sound: 9
Band Activity: 10
Overall Rating: 9.5

Setlist:

1. Solidarity
2. No Sssweat
3. Mothership
4. Zzzonked
5. Havoc A
6. Juggernauts
7. Sorry, You’re Not A Winner

Motion City Soundtrack:

After a much-needed break from the heat and hardcore bands, I made my way back over to the main stage for Motion City Soundtrack. Motion City has always been a band whose show I come away from liking them more and more but never seem to listen to them more. Playing a great set including some of their biggest hits, Motion City Soundtrack impressed me once again and the huge crowd they played for. This show also welcomed back guitarist Joshua Cain who sat out all of Warped Tour due to the birth of his daughter.

Vocals: 9.5
Crowd Response: 9
Overall Sound: 9
Band Activity: 10
Overall Rating: 9.5

Setlist:

1. Attractive Today
2. The Future Freaks Me Out
3. My Favorite Accident
4. Broken Heart
5. A Lifeless Ordinary (Need a Little Help)
6. L.G. Fuad
7. This is For Real
8. Her Words Destroyed My Planet
9. Disappear
10. Everything Is Alright

The Bouncing Souls:

As the house speakers die out a man runs out holding up a sign saying “HERE WE GO!” and as the crowd starts chanting the intro to their song “Olay!”, the members of The Bouncing Souls trot out onto the stage. It took them a minute to start playing, but once they did they got the whole crowd jumping up and down, especially when vocalist Greg Attonito jumped off stage and felt the warm embrace of the crowd. Playing a good quality punk set, The Bouncing Souls sounded great but were pretty boring. The crowd was more entertaining to watch than the band. I was still impressed with their sound. It was a great way for them to end their time on the tour with a hometown show.

Vocals: 9
Crowd Response: 10
Overall Sound: 9
Band Activity: 7
Overall Rating: 9

Hey Monday:

Hey Monday is a girl-fronted band from Florida. I’d never seen or really heard anything from them before this show but had heard they were good so I decided to check them out. They were your typical pop/rock band but singer Cassadee Pope’s vocals were much catchier than most. Though they’ve only been playing together for a little over two years, this band has some real potential to burst into the scene with great results. Unfortunately for the band it was nearly impossible for anyone to hear her vocals for the first few songs, but it was eventually rectified midway through their set.

Vocals: 9
Crowd Response: 7
Overall Sound: 9.5
Band Activity: 9
Overall Rating: 9

Setlist:

1. How You Love Me Now
2. Wish You Were Here
3. Run, Don’t Walk
4. I Wanna Dance
5. In My Head
6. Homecoming

The Casualties:

It was really special for me to finally be able to cover The Casualties, as they were one of the first bands I ever watched at a Warped tour. Performing for over 20 years, The Casualties are the poster boys for punk, and one of the few punk bands to continuously be asked to play Warped Tour. Coming out donned in spiked Mohawks, studded pants and bullet-casing belts, The casualties definitely did not disappoint me. Playing such hits as “Unknown Soldier” and “Tomorrow Belongs to Us”, The Casualties were by far one of my favorite bands of the day.

Vocals: 7
Crowd Response: 9
Overall Sound: 9
Band Activity: 10
Overall Rating: 9

Flatfoot 56:

We’d had several requests to cover this band so when I saw that they didn’t overlap with anyone I wanted to see I decided to see what they were like. Flatfoot 56 are a Celtic punk band much in the likeness of the Dropkick Murphy’s. Playing to a modest crowd, Flatfoot 56 put on a great set of really catchy punk despite the lack of crowd size. I was pleasantly surprised by how good they were and wondered how I hadn’t heard of them sooner. I hope they’re asked back in the future and put on a better stage considering a tour that was started in punk roots has slowly devolved from that.

Vocals: 9
Crowd Response: 6
Overall Sound: 9
Band Activity: 9
Overall Rating: 9

The All-American Rejects:

The All-American Rejects were THE band I came to see. While I’d seen them a few times over the years I’d never had the opportunity to actually cover one of their shows so I was pretty stoked to finally get to. As Tyson and his band mates came on stage, he gave a weird facial expression to the crowd, much to the cheers of the hundreds of teenage girls in attendance. Starting into “One More Sad Song” the crowd went absolutely nut for them. Guitarists Nick Wheeler and Mike Kennerty were constantly running around the stage and singer and primary singer and occasional bassist Tyson Ritter was constantly pelvic thrusting and using the microphone stage in overly sexual ways. It was a set list full of hits, which was fine by me and by the rest of the crowd. The All-American Rejects never disappoint and today was no exception. Their performance was the perfect to way to end one of their last dates on the tour.

Vocals: 9.5
Crowd Response: 10
Overall Sound: 10
Band Activity: 9.5
Overall Rating: 10

Setlist:

1. One More Sad Song
2. Dirty Little Secret
3. Swing Swing
4. My Paper Heart
5. Move Along
6. Gives You Hell
7. The Last Song

Sum 41:

Sum 41 was the other band that I was beyond stoked to finally cover. I’ve been a fan of them since 2001’s “All Killer, No Filler” came out. I’d missed Sum 41’s last few shows to come through the Maryland area so I was curious as to how my first impression of them would be. I’d heard that they’d been bottled and booed off stage the last year they’d played the tour, so I was really hoping that wouldn’t happen again. Thankfully it didn’t. In fact they were met with a lot of applause and cheering. Starting off with “The Hell Song”, Sum 41’s set was full of their biggest hits over the past decade, including “In Too Deep”, “Still Waiting” and the obvious closer: “Fat Lip”. Overall I was very impressed with my first Sum 41 show, but wish we’d been able to shoot more than half a song. Singer and guitarist Deryck Whibley had a lot of energy and actually managed to maintain the quality of his voice throughout the whole set.

Vocals: 9.5
Crowd Response: 10
Overall Sound: 10
Band Activity: 9.5
Overall Rating: 10

Setlist:

1. Hell Song
2. We’re all to Blame
3. In too Deep
4. Motivation
5. Over My Head (Better off Dead)
6. King of Contradiction
7. Still Waiting
8. Fat Lip

Alkaline Trio:

With how late Sum 41’s set went I decided to stay another 15 minutes so I could quickly shoot Alkaline Trio before heading home. I’d never really listened to them aside from when my friend Becky was in the car, as she was a huge fan. But they’d started to grow on me so I felt this was as good of a time as any to cover them. Singer and guitarist Matt Skiba has a great voice and a knack for writing catchy and deep lyrics, but overall I felt the band was very dull. They had little to no movement or crowd interaction throughout the duration of their set. But, in their defense, Skiba was having troubles with losing his voice and requested the crowd to help him. Overall I was pretty impressed by their sound and performance as a whole, even if they were pretty boring live.

Vocals: 9.5
Crowd Response: 10
Overall Sound: 10
Band Activity: 9.5
Overall Rating: 10

Setlist:

1. Cringe
2. Armageddon
3. Emma
4. Dine, Dine My Darling
5. Stupid Kid
6. My Friend Peter
7. Blue Carolina
8. Wait for the Blackout [The Damned cover]
9. Private Eye
10. This Addiction

Final thoughts:

Warped Tour is an iconic figure not just within the punk and rock music scenes but pop culture in general. The touring festival is run effectively and efficiently. The atmosphere was fun and all fans seemed to mesh relatively well together considering the obvious genre clashes that Warped has now.

As is the case for most summer shows, the price of water was absolutely absurd considering the temperatures and people passing out right and left from dehydration. Aside from this small glitch in an otherwise perfectly run tour, Warped is a blast for young and old alike. I hope I’m able to cover the tour next year.

Photos (Bands Listed in Alphabetical Order):

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