Written by Benjy Oliver and Brian Rutherford
For 12 years, Music Emissions has been covering live music. Spending most it’s time focusing on indie bands, we’ve never really been the ones to spotlight large tours and festivals. For the first time ever, M.E. visited the Warped Tour on it’s first day in Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion. Both Benjy Oliver and myself took this opportunity to get some live coverage on some your favorites and take a few minutes to get some your favorites indie favorites…
Needless to say, this is a view at your own risk type of editorial, in other words
What exactly should one expect when experiencing the Van’s Warped Tour for the first time in their 30’s? Now don’t misunderstand me, I wasn’t losing my Van’s Warped Tour virginity: I went a long time ago in my 20’s. But this was the first time I was going since turning 30. I stake my reputation on and take great pride in keeping up to speed with the newest and hottest music, but didn’t know much about the bands selected to appear this year. Names like Asking Alexandria, Dance Gavin Dance, Enter Shikari, 3OH!3, and Larry And His Flask were totally foreign to me. I knew about Less Than Jake, Grieves, Pepper, A Day To Remember, The Devil Wears Prada, and Simple Plan among others.
This was the kick off to the legendary 17th festival. It was a typical Texas summer day, which means it was 105 degrees, and felt like it was 120 degrees. Of course there were tens of thousands in attendance to make matters better. With a crowd this size, there was some of everything, though mostly 18 and under. The outdoor venue had already began to buzz like a beehive by 11 am when we arrived. It was a beautiful, chaotic mass of tattooed covered bodies, smoke, alchohol and blistering heat. With over 60 bands scheduled to appear, it was a bit overwhelming deciding where to jump in.
The first band that I was able to catch was Passafire. This reggae rock band from Savannah, GA immediately grabbed my attention with their unique sound. It seems the rest of the audience felt the same way. Discovered by the band Pepper, they have toured with Rebelution and will soon begin their first headlining tour. You can check out their performance here, and catch my interview with them here:
After that, Grieves with Budo from Seattle was up next, this was one of the few sets I had planned in advance to see. Although it was early in the day and it was already scorching hot, the hip-hop artist had the crowd dancing with. Not one to be put in a box or conform to expectations, the young performer and his mellow, laid back style quickly won old and new fans over. See below for’ live performance and our interview with him.
Next up was a local band from Denton. Turned onto them by my good friend Christian, Werewolf Therewolf won a Guitar Center contest to play this one stop of the tour. A progressive metal sound that has drawn comparsions to Coheed and Cambria, Mars Volta and At The Drive In, this unsigned act has yet to tap into their full potential. They are a must see live and most definitely an up and coming band to keep your eyes and ears open for. It will be a lucky record label that ends up signing them.
I accidently stumbled across Blood On The Dance Floor, named after a Michael Jackson song. A cross- pollination between Of Montreal, Marilyn Manson, and Panic at the Disco, BOTDR is much better experienced than explained. This group originally started out as a duo and just recently expanded to include a live band of 4 other members. Their explosive set included Panda and Gorilla costumes onstage, and both singers leaving the stage to interact up close and personal with the audience.
Live songs from Blood On The Dancefloor:
Brian and I were lucky enough to spend most of the afternoon interviewing different bands like Against Me!, Grieves, Foxy Shazam, The Aggrolites, Less Than Jake, and Relient K. I was following Passafire back to their tour bus when all of us suddenly stopped to watch Green Jelly. Their Gwar like act was a throwback to the 90’s. I was also able to catch Terrible Things. Although I wasn’t familiar with them before the fest, their hard working approach won me over…See Side B for more…