This Grandpa Only Knows Five Bands On This Year's Warped Tour
It's my job to have at least a passing knowledge of what most bands and artists sound like. In my one of seven capacities here at the paper, I am in charge of music listings, those things in the back of the paper that tell you what is happening every week.
(While I am on the subject, I need let you guys in on a secret. Sometimes there is more space for listings one week in the print issue than there is for others, which means sometimes I have to cut some of the copy. Fear not, all of your club shows are still contained in our online listings.)
Part of that job is classifying each name I see into a category. I have about 100 or so to choose from in our database, and only use about 15 of them. So that means I listen to at least 30 seconds of everything that I type in, so I don't list Big Time Rush as a metal act.
Tuesday and today, the Vans Warped Tour announced even more bands for the 2012 roster, and I realized I had only heard maybe eight of the 40 bands on the traveling showcase.
There was a time in my life when I knew what every single band on the Warped lineup sounded like, what their last album was called, and whether or not they were worth my time. That ended around 2004, when I discovered that everything was moving too fast and I needed to take a breather.
Which sucks because I have probably been missing some good stuff, but I have also been spared having to know about some really, really awful stuff that would just make me weep for our future.
Houston doesn't see the Warped Tour until July 1, at the Reliant Center. So kids, you have plenty of time to save up cash to buy water.
We have some freelancers on board now that know more about some of these bands, but in the interest of me exercising my own mental gaskets, I tried to at least attempt my hand at "getting hip" to some of them. Just as I don't know who Miss May I is, I am sure there is a superfan out there who doesn't give a fuck who my beloved Pentagram is.
Of Mice And Men: I liked the book and the film version with Gary Sinise and John Malkovich. So much screaming and double-bass drum. If the world doesn't have another Pantera on their hands in five years, all of this noise will have gone to waste. A lot of these new metal bands have a lot of flash and volume, but they don't seem like the kind of guys you would want to have behind you in a street fight.
Of Mice & Men
New Found Glory: Ah! I know these guys! I saw them in 2002, and I owned three of their albums. They had tattoos and spiky hair and wore those silver booty beads around their necks. I guess these guys on this bill is like if you put The Fabulous Thunderbirds on the main stage at Free Press Summer Fest. (Hey, Omar...)
Four Year Strong: This has nothing to do with this, band which I have never heard, but I really liked the Story Of The Year record Page Avenue. They were one of the first bro bands to embrace screamo, you know.
We The Kings: I pushed play expecting a burly voice screaming about a crazy bitch murdering his soul, but it reminded me of caffeinated Weezer and I was all "Awwww" and imagined them playing at high school dance in a teen movie when the fat kid makes out with the hot chick and they hold hands.
Lostprophets: I think their first song came out before even 9/11 happened. Shouldn't they be playing ArrowFest or something, you guys? LOL j/k.