Vans Warped Tour 2017


Jul 16, 2017 – 11:00 AM

10475 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044 Map

  • Vans Warped Tour
  • After The Burial
  • Barb Wire Dolls
  • Hands Like Houses
  • Stick To Your Guns
  • Alestorm
  • Save Ferris
  • Street Dogs
  • Valient Thorr
  • Beartooth
  • Being As An Ocean
  • Candiria
  • Courage My Love
  • Dance Gavin Dance
  • Fit For A King
  • Hatebreed
  • Hawthorne Heights
  • New Years Day
  • Sonic Boom Six
  • The Ataris
  • American Authors
  • Anti-flag
  • Creeper
  • Emmure
  • Futuristic
  • GWAR
  • The Hundredth
  • I Prevail
  • Jule Vera
  • Municipal Waste
  • Neck Deep
  • Our Last Night
  • Sammy Adams
  • sick of it all
  • Silent Planet
  • Silverstein
  • The Adolescents
  • The Alarm
  • Watsky
  • William Control
  • blessthefall
  • Memphis May Fire
  • Trophy Eyes
  • Big D And The Kids Table
  • CKY

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Alestorm: 4 piece metal band hailing from Perth, Scotland. They have a unique sound mixing metal, folk and of course pirate/maritime music.

Courage My Love: ..

Dance Gavin Dance: Dance Gavin Dance is a band from Sacramento, California. We were formed out of the dissolution of several other bands including Farewell Unknown. We have released two albums since birth and the third is almost here. Our new full length album that bears no title is due on August 19th.

Fit For A King: Based out of Tyler, Texas, the four piece Christian metal/experimental band Fit For A King has been turning heads in the south for just over 2 years now. Influences ranging from Circa Survive to Impending Doom, can easily be heard throughout their music.

A bust your butt attitude and Christ like mentality has quickly set them apart among independent bands on the circuit. Along with their high energy and brutally heavy live set, Fit For A King is a force to reckon with! Independently selling over 2,000+ copies of their “Awaken The Vesper” EP online in 2009, and even more at live shows, Fit For A King has kids begging for more.

Huge hearts mixed with a strong aspiration to share their music with the masses, Fit For A King is now touring full time throughout the US spreading their message of hope and love. With a growing hype generated around them, Fit for a King announced that they will be releasing their debut full length album "Descendents" in Spring 2011 with new members Ryan Kirby (Vocals) and Bobby Lynge (Guitar). This album will be just the beginning for many great things.

Hatebreed: The Connecticut band has been a forerunner of modern metalcore since they began playing in 1994. All of Hatebreed's seven albums have reached the US Top 100 and they've performed at some of the biggest metal festivals around the world. Hatebreed has no plans to quit anytime soon, and continue to evolve their unique blending of thrash, metal and hardcore.

Hawthorne Heights: Hawthorne Heights formed in 2001 originally under the name A Day in the Life.

Hawthorne Heights' drummer, Eron Bucciarelli, stated in the bonus edition DVD of The Silence in Black and White that Hawthorne is a reference to the author Nathaniel Hawthorne and Heights refers to transcendentalism. Another explanation, with an unknown origin, is that the name is a portmanteau of "Hawthorn (sic) Hill" and "Huber Heights," names of two areas around the band's hometown of Dayton, Ohio.

They burst onto the scene with 2004's The Silence in Black and White, their Victory Records debut. Fueled by the single "Ohio is For Lovers," the album went on to sell over 800,000 copies without virtually any radio play.

When their second album If Only You Were Lonely was released, it debuted at number 3 on the charts having sold 100,000 copies in the first week, powered by the lead single "Saying Sorry" which has received massive airplay on MTV, VH1 and Fuse.

On July 18, 2006 it was announced that they would be in the annual Nintendo Fusion Tour along with Relient K, Emery, The Plain White Ts and fresh from their spot on the Victory Records tour, The Sleeping.

On August 7, 2006, the band announced they would be leaving Victory Records, and are suing the label for breach of contract, copyright and trademark infringement, fraud, and abuse.

Due to the band leaving Victory, the Nintendo Fusion Tour has taken a particular significance as the band attempts to get signed onto a new label. The band has also gone for a world record attempt for having the largest street team ever as they are promoting the tour using their Myspace fans.

The current lineup is: JT Woodruff: Vocals/Guitar Micah Carli: Guitar Casey Calvert: Guitar/Backup Vocals Eron Buciarelli: Drums Matt Ridenour: Bass

New Years Day: THE STORY SO FAR: For a band who've been together just 10 months, New Years Day have quite a list of accomplishments—most notably, piquing the interest of a certain Fall Out Boy's record label. "We were approached by Decaydance about putting something out in the future," explains guitarist/keyboardist Keith Drover, "but as luck would have it, we lagged and lost our chance to be a part of it." Decaydance's loss is surely another label's gain, and with New Years Day's blend of girl-power vocals and dark pop-song structures, we'd advise A&R reps to start booking flights, like, now.

WHY YOU SHOULD KNOW 'EM: When Motion City Soundtrack's Justin Pierre offers you a song, you sing it. "He's an extremely talented musician with an incredible ear," gushes singer Ashley Hittesdorf of the Pierre-written, NYD-performed "About A Boy." "We're hoping to collaborate [again] on our first full-length." When will that be? Well, the band are hoping to hook up with engineer Steve Evetts when he's done working on the new Saves The Day album. "It's easy to do what you love, but it's not as easy to be able to afford to do it," explains Drover. "It's a tough line to walk, but we know we have to pay our dues to make this all successful." —Leslie Simon

Sonic Boom Six: A Punk-Rock, Hip-Hop, Jump-Up Ska Soundclash from Manchester UK ”It's SB6 that really bring it all together. Over the next 30 minutes they defy labeling, throwing in dub, ska, punk, reggae, dancehall, brass, decks, anti-scene unity, the kitchen sink and personally designed Moben units into their dexterous and deftly-handled mix; still having time left over to show that it's possible to be a girl in punk rock without being a cartoon. As SB6 state, it's not the scenes and genres that matter. Ska-punk's not dead; it's just become something so much better”. Kerrang! Live review: Newcastle College Performing Academy 6.2.07

Manchester's Sonic Boom Six have dedicated the last four years honing a sound that combines the righteous fury of punk-rock with the vigorous commentary of hip-hop and the dancefloor-ready vibes of ska, reggae and jungle. The band has toured the UK and mainland Europe numerous times and run their own label Rebel Alliance. As at home on a large festival stage as they are playing a warehouse party, SB6 are devoted to retaining the band's original grassroots ideation and positive, unifying message as their music steadily permeates a wider international audience. In addtition to Sonic Boom Six, the band regularly play acoustic gigs under the name Babyboom and the three vocalists are members of underground UK dub-punk collective Suicide Bid.

Between the release of their first two EPs on the Moon Ska Europe label SB6 recorded a session for BBC radio 1's flagship punk show the Lock-Up, were featured on BBC2's Asian Arts TV programme Desi DNA and opened the Love Music Hate Racism event on the Leftfield stage at the legendary Glastonbury festival. With the release of their 2006 debut album, The Ruff Guide to Genre-Terrorism, described in Kerrang! as invigorating genre-hopping UK punk to rival anything coming out of the US SB6 rose to the forefront of the UK punk scene with UK and mainland European tours, festival appearances (including the Lock-up stage at Reading and Leeds festival) and another Radio 1 Lock-Up session. Relentless commitment to touring has seen the band sharing the stage with such acts as Flogging Molly, Hard-Fi, The Aquabats, Mad Caddies, Suicide Machines, Leftover Crack and RX Bandits.

After an immense start to 2007, Sonic Boom Six plan to continue the year with the same intensity that saw them complete two successful UK tours and a six week trek around Europe in the space of four months. Highlights so far include the victorious Manchester and London shows of the band's own Ruff and Ready package tour and their triumphant set at Leeds Slam Dunk festival with Reel Big Fish and Paramore. reported that SB6 own the stage, probably get the best reaction of the entire day and, put simply, could well be the UK's most entertaining live act. The first two weeks of August sees SB6 enter the studio with Peter Miles (The King Blues, Howards Alias, The Steal) to record their second studio album Arcade Perfect. The band has already showcased a number of tunes on the last UK tour, live favourites such as ‘While you were Sleeping', ‘Meanwhile, Back in the Real World…' and ‘Sound of a Revolution' are to be committed to record with more resources than the band have ever had at their disposal. The band go straight from the recording to UK festival slots at Rebellion, City Invasion and the Lock-Up stage at Reading and Leeds festival. September will see the release of ‘While You Were Sleeping' as a single to prepare the UK for the drop of Arcade Perfect later that year. To support the single, SB6 will be playing a UK tour with French punkers Guerilla Poubelle in support, as well as two high-profile slots as main support to Less Than Jake in their residency at London's Mean Fiddler.

The Ataris: We are seven friends creating music together. The music we are creating today feels somewhat reminescent of Kent, Swervedriver, Doves, Pedro the Lion... etc.

Anti-flag: Anti-Flag is an American punk band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania known for their outspoken views on American government. Most recently, the band has focused criticism on the United States bailouts.

Anti-Flag was formed in 1988 by singer/guitarist Justin Sane and drummer Pat Thetic. During the band's early years, various guitarists and bassists moved in and out of the band, including Justin's sister, Lucy Fester. The band failed to solidify, and it fell apart after playing just one show.[2] In 1993, Justin and Pat reformed the band, now with Andy Flag on bass.

In 1996, the band released their first album, Die For the Government, on New Red Archives. Andy Flag left the band in the Summer of 1996 because of personal disputes between himself and Justin. For a brief time after Andy's departure in 1996, Sean Whelan of Pittsburgh band the Bad Genes filled in on bass. It was during this time that Sean was also playing in another band (57 Defective) with guitarist Chris Head, whom he introduced to the band.

In early 1997, Pittsburgh guitarist Chris Head began filling in on bass. In late 1997, Jamie Cock took over as the new bassist, moving Chris Head over to second guitar, which he preferred. The current line-up finalized in 1999 when Chris Barker, also known as Chris #2, replaced Jamie Cock on bass.

In 1998, the band released their second full-length release, Their System Doesn't Work For You. The album contained all nine Anti-Flag songs from the 1996 Anti-Flag/d.b.s. split album North America Sucks, as well as 10 new unreleased songs. The band decided to release the album independently, and Their System Doesn't Work For You became the debut release for the band's own A-F Records.

In 1999, Anti-Flag released the album A New Kind of Army on Go-Kart Records/A-F Records. The album addressed a wide variety of topics such as political corruption, racism, fascism, troubled youth, police brutality, and unity within the American youth. The cover art page unfolded into a poster featuring the phrase "Too smart to fight. Too smart to Die. Join now. A new kind of army."

In 2005, Anti-Flag signed a two-album record contract with major label RCA. The first of these two albums, For Blood and Empire, was released on March 21, 2006. The album's main focus is the band's criticism of the mishandling of the War on Terrorism by the United States Government. The song 'This Is The End (For You My Friend)' from the album For Blood and Empire is featured in the video game Madden NFL 2007 and on NHL 07. They finished their huge "War Sucks, Let's Party" United States headlining tour in April and work on some side projects like African Well Fund and Start to Finish MS now.

Throughout Anti-Flag's career, many other bands have been added to the roster of the band's own label, A-F Records. These bands include The Code, Pipedown, Much the Same, The Vacancy, The Unseen, Modey Lemon and more.

On November 25, Anti-Flag revealed on their homepage that their newest album was titled The Bright Lights of America. Produced by Tony Visconti (of David Bowie and Morrissey fame), it was released on April 1, 2008. The single "The Bright Lights Of America" was released exclusively on iTunes on February 12, 2008. A video of the song was released a couple of weeks later.

In 2008, on tour with Canadian band Billy Talent in Europe, Justin Sane and Chris #2 joined Billy Talent singer Ben Kowalewicz and guitarist Ian D'Sa, singing their new song "Turn Your Back" from their upcoming unreleased album. The two also play on the album and single versions of the song.

In March 2009, Anti-Flag were forced to cancel a series of tour dates after Justin Sane broke his collar bone landing awkwardly whilst jumping off the stage to stop a fight which broke out in the crowd at the UEA LCR in Norwich.

Beginning on September 30, 2008, Chris #2 began to post on his blog, at[2], that the band had begun to work on their seventh studio album. On December 2, Anti-Flag began to record their record, starting with "The Economy is Suffering... Let It Die".

On March 31, 2009, Anti-Flag announced that their next CD, The People or the Gun, would be released on SideOneDummy on June 9, 2009. On, the first track of the album "Sodom, Gomorrah, and Washington DC (Sheep in Shepherd's Clothing)" can be listened to. On May 1, 2009, the band performed a full set of The Clash covers at Hoodwink in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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Creeper: Creeper was formed in 2014 by former members of Our Time Down Here, Will Gould and Ian Miles. The band released their debut, self-titled EP that same year, which received praise from DIY and Rock Sound. The following year, they were signed to Roadrunner Records, on the lineup of the Download Festival, and had released The Callous Heart EP. The album received Four Stars from Kerrang!, and began the numerous comparisons of the band to the likes of Tiger Army and AFI.

After the success of Creeper's third EP, The Stranger, and command performance at 2016's Reading & Leeds Festivals, the group released their ambitious debut LP, Eternity, In Your Arms. The album has received numerous accolades from a number of sources, including Metacritic, NME, AllMusic, and The Times.

Emmure: Emmure is a band that was destined to come together. The founding members met through the Internet, then commuted hours at a time to rehearse, write their music and settle on a lineup, doing all this with one goal in mind: “We’re looking to be the heaviest, most emotionally moving band out there,” declared guitarist Jesse Ketive. Their efforts have paid off in a deal with Victory Records and a debut album, set to be released early next year, determined to destroy any and all limitations to what’s known as hardcore rock.

GWAR: "Billions and billions of years ago, darkness was all that existed. Then The Master, ruler of the universe, created the planets and everything in them. But soon The Master became bored of this and created death, destruction and war. He enjoyed watching the peons die but soon even that became boring, he himself wanted to kill. So he began slaughtering the humanoids that littered the planets face, but that too lost its fun. He needed more of a challenge, so he created God-like creatures with whom he could do battle. But soon there were too many of these creatures, and he had to be rid of them. He conjured up all his power and created the most powerful he could, GWAR was formed. This elite fighting force was called The Scumdogs of the Universe. The Master used them to destroy all of his enemies. Millions of years and millions of battles later, GWAR became more powerful and craved even more power. Thinking that they could take over The Master's throne, GWAR attacked him and the greatest of all battles began. The carnage lasted a billion years before The Master created the ultimate weapon - the Death Pod. The pod swallowed GWAR up and delivered them to The Master.

"Ahhhh, foolish Scumdogs", The Master laughed. After thinking about what their punishment should be, he finally decided: GWAR shall be banished to a miserable mudball planet called Earth...

The Earth rumbled when the mighty Death Pod crashed into its surface. Shaken and confused, GWAR crawled out and looked around. Thinking they could have a nice little planet once its cleared off, they destroyed the dinosaurs. Afterwards they created Stonehenge so they could play croquet, and weren't having that bad of a time. The Master looked down upon this and frowned, what kind of punishment is this? So to stop the nonsense he imprisoned GWAR in an iceberg on the frozen continent of Antarctica.

Millions of years later: 1980ish. Glam rock was at its peak, groups like Poison and Whitesnake were dominating the airwaves. They inspired a whole slew of new "hair spray" bands. But little did they know, all of that hair spray put a hole in the ozone - right above Antarctica! Soon the unfiltered gamma rays melted the iceberg and GWAR was free.

Meanwhile, Sleazy P. Martini was fleeing the country on drug charges, flying over the former tomb of GWAR. He picked them up and brought them back to America. He taught them how to use instruments and they learned the language from watching midget wrestling and MTV. Soon GWAR was known as the greatest band in the Universe...

Unsatisfied with being worshipped by humans, GWAR still wishes to take revenge on The Master. They discovered a way. If GWAR could summon the World Maggot, they could ride it back to the center of the universe and finally defeat The Master. The World Maggot is a large maggot that lives in the center of the Earth, the only way to wake it is to slaughter millions of innocent people. So, taking advantage of their newfound fame, GWAR puts on shows to which their fans flock. They murder and mutilate these fans, show after show, until enough blood is spilled to wake the maggot."

Neck Deep: We have a passion for music that refuses to release its grip on us, so we are compelled to do what we do to the best of our ability. Nothing particularly new here, just metal the way we choose to play it. Pulling metal apart into its million different sub-genres is one thing that brings us to tears. If it's heavy and you like it, that's all that matters.

We have shared the stage with some awesome bands like A Red Dawn, Frankenbok, Double Dragon, Psycroptic, Ed Da Mia, Journal Of A Deadman, Vendetta, Immortal Threat, Flashpoint, This Sick Reality, Kick The Bucket, Before The Storm, Beneath Dying Skies and are soon to be adding The Berzerker, Dyscord, The Amenta and Whitechapel to the list.

Our Last Night: Inspired by hardcore and metal, Our Last Night delivers an onslaught of taut thrashing riffs and intense hardcore breakdowns that meld perfectly with lush melodic landscapes and soaring, irresistibly catchy choruses. Sharp technical precision meets raw inspiration on songs like the addictive "Escape" which is currently streaming here

Our Last Night, which consists of Trevor Wentworth (growls), Matt Wentworth (guitar, melodic vocals), Alex "Woody" Woodrow (bass), Colin Perry (guitar) and Tim Molloy (drums), was formed in 2004 by childhood friends who were fed up with merely jamming and playing cover songs. With only a few live performances under their belt, Our Last Night entered the studio shortly afterwards to record their first EP, We've Been Holding Back. Vigorous live performances helped the band earn respect and fans throughout the New England area and by 2005 they entered the studio to record their next EP, Building Cities From Scratch. In the summer of 2007, after being impressed by their self-made demos, owner and president of Epitaph Records, Brett Gurewitz, came calling and invited the band to join the label.

"From the very first note of the demo I was blown away by the sophistication of their writing and the technical playing which belies their young age," said Gurewitz. "Add to that the control and range of Matt's stellar singing voice and I was sold."

Sammy Adams: Samuel Adams Wisner, otherwise known as Wiz or Sam Adams, is a 21-year-old rapper out of Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston native grew up in the Coast, an area of Cambridge just a couple blocks from Central Square. After graduating from high school, Samuel Adams was recruited to play soccer at Trinity College where he is now the captain (still currently enrolled). While his fan base has grown impressively over the last 6 months, Samuel Adams modesty and hunger continues to show through his self-produced music. His innovation of the Hip Hop and Electronica/Dance genres create a sound that is smart, catchy and surely remembered. With his innovative remix of Asher Roths I Hate College, as well as his new Pokerfaced Remix, Samuel Adams caught the ear of many Hip Hop supporters in a short time. Samuel Adams has done shows ranging from opening for the Ying Yang Twins, performing at CU Boulder, Dartmouth University, Trinity University, as well as bars on the island of Nantucket. His freestyle ability is quickly becoming a signature staple of this repertoire, as he continues to create and produce quality music for the masses.

Silverstein: Silverstein (pronounced Silver-steen) is a five-piece post-hardcore band from Burlington, Ontario, whose music is sometimes labeled as screamo, though the band, particularly drummer Paul Koehler, rejects the screamo label.[1] The band name was taken from the famous children's author Shel Silverstein.

Silverstein formed in January of 2000[2]. During that same year, they self-released their first EP, Summer's Stellar Gaze[3]. After several lineup changes, the band acquired Billy Hamilton, a local fan who learned of the band's need for a bassist on the Internet message board "The 905 Board" (an Ontario area outreach board which used to be for local musicians). In December of 2001, he joined the band after Told helped him learn the music for the songs. Following a rehearsal on Boxing Day (December 26) in 2001, he officially debuted with Silverstein. The next spring, original guitarist Richard McWalter left the band to move to Victoria, British Columbia to study engineering. He was then replaced by Neil Boshart, childhood friend of Shane Told. The new lineup recorded a second EP, When the Shadows Beam, in preparation for their first tour in Eastern Canada. The band signed to Victory Records in October 2002 with a complete lineup as Hamilton attempted to complete his secondary education one semester early.

On December 14, 2008, the band announced by Myspace bulletin that its fourth CD would hit stores on March 31, 2009. The name of the new CD, A Shipwreck in the Sand, was announced on January 29, 2009, when the band concluded a viral marketing campaign by revealing the track listing at the album website. A demo version of one song, "Broken Stars" from the new CD had been put on the band's Myspace in late 2008 and played during their final U.S. tour in support of "Arrivals and Departures". A clip of a second song, "Vices", was also made available on Myspace, as occurred with the songs "Born Dead" and "American Dream." [8][9] On March 17, the band filmed a music video for "Vices" with director Robby Starbuck. Later, on March 23, 2009, the band posted the full album to stream on their official MySpace page.

An iTunes bonus track version of the album includes four cover songs, Help (The Beatles cover), Go Your Own Way (Fleetwood Mac Cover), Three Miles Down (Saves The Day cover), and Total Bummer (NOFX cover).[10]

Silverstein contributed a cover version of "Apologize", originally recorded by OneRepublic, to the Punk Goes Pop 2 compilation album.[11]

After three shows in Ontario, the band embarked on a U.S. tour with Norma Jean, Before Their Eyes, and blessthefall. [12] The band then played several shows on the continent of Europe, and completed a UK tour supporting the Welsh Band The Blackout along with We Are The Ocean, Hollywood Undead and The Urgency. The band recently completed a small-market tour in Ontario and the Midwestern United States, and will play a brief stint on Warped Tour, followed by a show in Anchorage, Alaska. Their song "I Am The Arsonist" is a downloadable song on Guitar Hero: World Tour as of July 9.

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Watsky: George Watsky is a poet, emcee, and cross-disciplary writer/ performer born and raised in San Francisco and now based in Boston. Watsky was featured on Season 6 of ..Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry.. on HBO. He was the 2006 Youth Speaks Grand Slam Poetry Champion, 2006 Brave New Voices International Poetry Slam Champion, and performer in a record six consecutive Youth Speaks Grand Slam Finals. In 2009 Watsky was one of three poets perform live on FOX at the NAACP Image Awards in honor of Russell Simmons’ lifetime achievement award...

Watsky has performed on both coasts an lead emcee with his band Invisible Inc. The trio's self titled album, a blend of jazz and hip hop featuring R&B sensation Passion, was selected as an Amoeba Music staff pick. In 2009, Watsky will release his solo music CD, featuring guest appearances by fellow HBO Def Poets Dahlak and Rafael Casal, singers Danny McClain, Mieka Pauley and once again, Passion. Watsky has served as an on-air personality on WERS 88.9 FM's 889@Night since early 2007...

Watsky has made strides to bring his poetic sensibilities to the theater world. His one-man show, ..So Many Levels.. has been presented in Boston, San Francisco, Vermont and at the Hip Hop Theater Festival Critical Breaks series in New York City. He has been featured additionally at the San Francisco and Washington, DC arms of the Hip Hop Theater Festival. He played the title character and co-wrote a 2004 adaptation of ..Dante's Divine Comedy.. for the Living Word Festival and his stage play ..Harold's Fall.. was the recipient of the 2009 Rod Parker Playwriting Fellowship. Making his way to the page, George's debut poetry collection and CD, ..Undisputed Backtalk Champion.., was published by First Word Press in 2006. Edited by novelist Adam Mansbach, the book is currently in its fourth printing...

Watsky has also emerged as part of a vanguard of artists involved in the sustainability movement. The inaugural Speak Green winner for poetry on climate change, Watsky has twice been invited to perform in Sundance, Utah by Robert Redford. His work has brought him to perform at the opening plenary of Green Cities 2008 in Sydney, Australia, and Greenbuild Chicago, where he took the stage immediately before President Bill Clinton...

Touring while finishing his college education on a condensed schedule, George has performed at conferences and universities in more than half the states in the country, and two in Australia. He has performed at some of the nation's most notable venues, including the Apollo Theater, the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, the San Francisco Opera House and the Shrine Auditorium. He has shared billing with Beyonce, Stevie Wonder, Bonnie Raitt, and Mohammed Ali among others.

blessthefall: From a city named after a mythical creature - known for its invincibility against competition and for its rise among ruin, Phoenix proves itself time and again to be a city on the rise- producing notable band after band. There can be no better representation then blessthefall. In addition to their staggering live performances, blessthefall have quickly become known for their uninhibited personalities and eccentricities, including a love for llamas, hot tamales, and the Top Gun soundtrack. They also carry certain advantages - as they are younger, yet equally as capable as their more established counterparts. A five-piece that dug its heels into the dry desert sands and refused to relent, blessthefall planted themselves amid the chaos of competition in January of 2004. Drummer Matt and guitarist Mike formed a band with sweeping dreams and untainted visions. Early on, with friends playing as interim members, the band gained regional recognition by winning local battle-of-the-bands contests, spurring them to continue forming the enterprise, despite the member changes that young bands typically face. Temporarily secure in their line-up (with Craig's vocals and Jared on bass) they spent the next year focused on evolving as musicians and refining their sound. Though they drew from bands like Underoath, Alexisonfire, and As I Lay Dying, aspects of pop, hip-hop, rap, and even R&B surfaced in their songs - if not through Craig's vocal reach, then through the beats and rhythms that surfaced in their music. Being one of the youngest bands in the area, blessthefall were added to bills with other notable local artists such as Greeley Estates and Scary Kids Scaring Kids. In August of 2005 they recorded their self-titled 3 song EP which enhancing their growing reputation. By October the line up was complete when Eric was added on guitar, complementing the band's progressing sound. As the older bands were away from Phoenix touring and recording, blessthefall took advantage of the musical drought the Valley was in. They confirmed their capabilities by selling out show after show at the local venues. Ultimately, they were responsible for shutting down Neckbeard's (a well-known local venue) in January 2006. Doors were permanently closed after the employees failed to maintain capacity due to the hundreds of kids outside trying to force their way into an already sold-out show where blessthefall was headlining. They continued to share the stage with other established artists, often drawing a bigger crowd then those more reputed. You can catch them on the entire 2007 Vans Warped Tour on the Smartpunk Stage. Their debut full length His Last Walk will be released on Science Records on April 10th, 2007.

Big D And The Kids Table: After the 2005 Warped Tour, Boston’s Big D and the Kids Table were ready to record an album of “chilled out, tripped out” dub songs, as frontman David McWane describes them. But before they went into the studio they were contacted by SideOneDummy Records, who were drawn to the band’s uncommon combination of strict DIY work ethic (hundreds of fliers and stickers plastered everywhere at each show on the tour) and debauchery (their infamous series of “Little Bitch” beer-chugging videos became a huge hit amongst bands and crew members), not to mention their dynamic take on ska music and the fervent cult following they had amassed over a decade-long career. “SideOne called us up and said, ‘You need to do a ska record. You need to do the record that ska needs,’ ” explains McWane. “So we decided to do it, and it’s awesome.”

Big D came together ten years ago when the members converged at college in Boston. Thanks to the insane live show they put together, the band built up a huge local following almost immediately, packing clubs, halls, dorms, basements — you name it — all over New England. They formed their own label, Fork in Hand Records, to put out their first album, Shot By Lammi, in 1997, and before long they were releasing albums by a stable of popular Boston-area bands, building a vibrant punk/ska scene around themselves.

That DIY m.o. governs just about everything Big D have done, from engineering, producing, and releasing their own albums, which they did for the majority of their career, making their own videos, putting together their own DVD, or spreading the Big D and the Kids Table gospel by playing an average of 200 shows a year. Now, having teamed up with SideOneDummy, the band is ready to take things up a notch and lead ska’s next big resurgence. Their fourth full-length and SideOneDummy debut, Strictly Rude, which was produced by Mighty Mighty BossTones bassist and fellow Bostonian Joe Gittleman, is the product of a focused and hardworking band confident in their ability to do just that. Airtight and bird-flu infectious, the songs are the result of a solid year of writing and practicing for hours each day that they weren’t on the road. Members quit their jobs and couch surfed in order to put everything they had into their music.

Musically and lyrically, Strictly Rude is the band’s most mature work to date. The sounds of a piano, organ, and melodica rub up against the familiar horns and guitars. And although some of McWane’s youthful, fun-loving lyrical stylings remain — take the rambunctious party tune “Noise Complaint,” for example — he also deals with much more serious themes like political call-to-action (“Try Out Your Voice,”) alcoholism (“Breaking the Bottle,”) and tolerance (Hell On Earth).

From the catchy, dancy album opener “Steady Riot,” a song reminiscent of …And Out Come the Wolves-era Rancid, to the ominous minor-key creepiness of “Snakebite” to the slower, sunny “Shining On,” which wouldn’t sound out of place on a Lily Allen record, you get the idea that this just might be the record that ska needs — an album that’s as sophisticated as it is pleasing, as adventurous and experimental as it is fun. Most importantly, it’s a deeply candid effort that was shaped by an incalculable amount of effort, energy, thought, and love. “We’re talking about the normal life of a musician and his surroundings and the great artists around him that might not have the opportunity to get out,” says McWane. “It’s a very honest record.”

CKY: CKY (Camp Kill Yourself) is a rock band consisting of Chad I. Ginsburg (guitar, vocals, producer), Jess Margera (drums), and Matt Deis (bass).

They share their name with a series of skate and prank videos created by Bam Margera, brother of drummer Jess Margera. CKY's music has been featured in all four CKY videos and various other Bam projects including Jackass, Jackass: The Movie, Viva La Bam, Haggard, Bam's Unholy Union, Viva la Bands, Viva La Bands Volume 2 and the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 video game. Their songs have also featured in the video games Burnout: Revenge, Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This At Home and the soundtrack to Resident Evil: Apocalypse.

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