Van’s Warped Tour 2011 (Columbia, MD)

By Chip Tamplin

Published on Saturday, August 6, 2011

Chip’s Comments:

Due to the over bearing heat from the Camden show a few days earlier, I honestly didn’t have the energy to do as many bands as I did the previous show.

Miss May I:

Despite a mediocre singer and passable music, Miss May I were at least somewhat exciting to shoot. As was the case with the majority of bands I covered at the Camden, New Jersey date of Warped Tour – Miss May I aren’t really my type of music. The crowd seemed pretty into them, or perhaps they just wanted to head bang a little bit before the “real” bands started.

Regardless, Miss May I put on a better show than I was expecting, but fell drastically below anyone from the previous show – with the exception of Blood on the Dance Floor.

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

Setlist:

1. Forgive and Forget
2. Monument
3. Masses of a Dying Breed
4. Architect
5. Our Kings
6. Swing
7. Relentless Chaos

Gym Class Heroes:

I didn’t have high expectations of Gym Class Heroes going into their set. Don’t get me wrong, I like the band but they just don’t ever sound like they’d have that “WOW” factor, at least not to me. But I ended up being really impressed with them as they have a great rhythm and chemistry between band mates. Each member looked like they were having an amazing time being on stage – which is always great to see.

I’m not too familiar with the majority of their songs, but I do know they played “Cupid’s Chokehold” and “Peace Sign / Index Down”, two of my favorite songs by them. Overall, it was a great set. I was definitely impressed with McCoy and his band mates.

Vocals: 9.5
Crowd Response: 9
Overall Sound: 9
Band Activity: 8.5
Overall Rating: 9

August Burns Red:

See the Camden Warped Tour review here.

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

Setlist:

1. Composure
2. Empire
3. White Washed
4. Truth of a Liar
5. Meddler
6. Divisions
7. Marianas Trench
8. Poor Millionaire
9. Back Burner

A Day to Remember:

See the Camden Warped Tour review here.

Vocals: 10
Crowd Response: 8
Overall Sound: 7
Band Activity: 8
Overall Rating: 7

Setlist:

1. I’m Made of Wax, Larry, What Are You Made Of?
2. A Shot in the Dark
3. My Life for Hire
4. All Signs Point to Lauderdale
5. Mr. Highway’s Thinking About the End
6. 2nd Sucks
7. Heartless
8. All I Want
9. The Plot to Bomb the Panhandle
10. Have Faith in Me
11. The Downfall of Us All

D.R.U.G.S:

D.R.U.G.S, or Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows, consists of an all-star line up of musicians including Craig Owens (ex-Chiodos), Aaron Stern (Matchbook Romance), Nick Martin (Undermined), Matt Good (From First to Last) and Adam Russell (Story of the Year).

Much like Enter Shikari from the first show I covered, D.R.U.G.S. is a band that I like way more live than on CD. I was actually blown away by Owens and company live but going back to listen to some of the songs they played live, I found myself pretty disappointed. They weren’t bad, but just don’t come across the same way they do live.

Owens isn’t as much of an energetic front man as some in the business, but he knows his way around a microphone and in the end, that’s all that really matters. I was very impressed with them live – way more so than I’ve ever been with one of Craig’s bands.

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

Setlist:

1. The Only Thing You Talk About
2. My Swagger Has a First Name
3. Laminated E.T. Animal
4. Graveyard Dancing
5. Sex Life
6. Mr. Owl Ate My Metal Worm
7. If You Think This Song Is About You, It Probably Is.

Family Force 5:

Although ADTR and SP were both playing this date too, I was most excited for Family Force 5. Sure, they’re nerd rock, a la Weezer, but they put out some of the catchiest songs I’ve heard in years. Songs like “Supersonic”, “Wobble” and “Love Addict” are ridiculously catchy songs. If the songs themselves weren’t enough, the band is very energetic on stage.

During their first song, they come out with backpacks on attached to giant beach ball things that have their faces on them and during their last song vocalist Soul Glow Activatur aka Solomon Olds got into a giant hamster-esque ball and sang while crowd surfing in it (pictured below). Until you’ve actually seen it in person, it’s hard to grasp just how cool it is, but trust me – it is. Family Force 5 was definitely the highlight of my second day on Warped Tour and I can’t wait to see them again.

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

Setlist:

1. Ghostride the Whip
2. Wobble
3. Fever
4. Supersonic
5. Dang Girl
6. Love Addict
7. Earthquake
8. Get On Outta Here

Simple Plan:

See the Camden Warped Tour review here.

Vocals: 10
Crowd Response: 9
Overall Sound: 7
Band Activity: 8
Overall Rating: 7

Setlist:

1. Shut Up
2. Can’t Keep My Hands Off You
3. Jump
4. Thank You
5. Welcome to my Life
7. Addicted
8. I’d Do Anything

Kaitlin’s Comments:

We Came As Romans:

We Came As Romans is still considered a “young band” as they have two self released EP’s and will be releasing their second full length album Understanding What We’ve Grown To Be in September (the album can be preordered here. We Came As Romans were one of the last to play on the Advent stage in NJ and MD, both of which produced a large crowd.

The guys sounded great; they were very consistent throughout both dates I was able to shoot, and a lot of fun on stage. Vocalists Dave Stephens and Kyle Pavone were all over the stage doing jumps and running into the crowd at the end of their sets.

The Word Alive:

These guys put on a fantastic set and had a constant output of energy. While there was too much screaming for my taste, they were a lot of fun to watch and rock out to and the band was definitely not a disappointment.

The Ready Set:

These guys came out on stage with two guys on large drums and transitioned into their opening song; it was a great entrance but went downhill from there. It’s not that they sounded bad, but they seemed very “boy band” and it was hard for me to take them seriously.

Chip’s Photos (Bands Listed in Alphabetical Order):

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