VANS WARPED TOUR
When: 11 a.m. June 20
Where: Fairplex, 1101 W.
McKinley Ave., Pomona
Tickets: $40 all ages
Warped Tour pre-party in Los Angeles gives concert peek
April Fools, the Vans Warped Tour team offered the media
an opportunity to meet some of the acts and music fans a
chance to sample what will be on the bill for the 2014
festival event during a party at Club Nokia in Los Angeles
April 1. Event founder Kevin Lyman said that there are 43
tour stops slated this year, including a new one in
Ancorage, Alaska. Performances by more than 100 bands have
been announced to as well.
A smattering of groups were on tap
at the media conference held at the Grammy Museum in Los
Angeles prior to the party and among them was Echosmith.
This is the second time out on Vans
Warped Tour for the Los Angeles indie pop band consisting
of siblings, Graham, Sydney, Noah and Jamie Sierota.
“The best part is the community
there with the fans and with the bands. It’s really cool
because everyone’s friends and you know that ahead of time
so it’s not like anybody thinks they’re better than each
other,” Sydney Sierota said.
Echosmtih is still touring in
support of its October 2013 album, “Talking Dreams”
(Warner Bros. Records), and will continue on the road even
after Warped Tour has put away its stages, the perky
blonde lead vocalist and keyboardist said.
“We love the fans and we love the
support and you guys are our friends. It’s really awesome
to see it grow,” Sierota said.
Evan Pierce, who handles
electronics for the Hollywood screamo and dupstep group
Ghost Town, said this will be its first time out with
Warped Tour, although he’s attended the festival
“I liked being able to go on the
side of the stage. It’s easier to go on the side of the
stage and experience that, it’s not completely gated off,”
Pierce said. “It’s more relaxed.”
Ghost Town made a splash with its
2013 release, “Party in the Graveyard” (Fueled By Ramen),
and is teasing its next effort to its fans by leaking the
new material on the Internet.
“We’re going to be putting out a
song a week,” Pierce said.
Brian Dales of The Summer Set was
catching a lot of camera action at the conference. The
Scottsdale, Arizona pop rock vocalist’s charming looks
matched his attitude as he bubbled about his third stint
with Warped Tour.
“There’s such a camraderie between
the bands, this tour is unlike anything else. The energy
every night when the show is over and just being in each
other’s company, barbecuing and hanging out. It’s less
like a tour and a lot more like summer camp,” Dales said.
The Summer Set has been touring in
support of its April 2013 effort, “Legendary” (Fearless
Records) and is debating its next step.
“We’re on the fence as to whether
we want to try to do another tour before the the year is
over or if we want to put out another album. I’m leaning
towards spending the fall working on new music,” Dales
said and then had some words for his fans. “Thank you for
the greatest year we could have ever had as a band in
2013... and all the support on ‘Legendary,’ that was very
appreciated and I respect you.”
The Vans Warped Tour event
continued with an all ages pre-party concert open to the
public at Club Nokia featuring a taste of what will be
offered at the festival.
Long Beach acoustic duo This Wild
Life opened the show, with the crowd quickly singing along
to their - obviously popular - smooth tunes, like “Pink
Between tunes, lead vocalist Kevin
Jordan told the crowd it had been a hard night, as their
car’s axle broke on the way to the venue, causing them to
miss the press conference. He had good news too, though,
the band will be releasing the full-length effort,
“Clouded,” on the Epitaph label in May.
Post hardcore rockers Secrets
showed the audience how it’s done in San Diego- with
pounding beats and vocals that switched from melodic
singing to raspy beastial growls. During their high energy
set, they encouraged fans to jump up and down and later to
clap along, which the audience did happily.
“Thank you for coming out to our
last show ever,” lead vocalist Aaron Melzer said. “April
He then encouraged the audience to
crowd surf and launched into the title song from 2013’s
“Fragile Figures” (Rise). Secrets ended its set with
“Live Together, Die Alone.”
Rapper Wax (Michael Jones),
originally from Maryland, wasted no time getting the
grooves going and connecting with the crowd. A song into
his set, he taught the willing audience the melody for the
chorus of his next rap, “Dispensary Girl,” from his 2011
mixtape, “Scrublife.” He then told the back story to the
Wax shared that he had moved to Los
Angeles and was happy to be here because he could easily
purchase marijuana. One afternoon, he was trying to work
on his music, but couldn’t get going so he went to the
local marijuana dispensary. A “beautiful hippie girl” was
working the counter.
“I walked out of there and I had
fallen in love, but I never saw her again,” Wax said.
The Vans Warped Tour pre-party
concert also featured performances by San Francisco rapper
Watsky, Japanese rockers One OK Rock, the Boston funk and
R&B outfit Bad Rabbits and metalcore rockers Issues from