2010 Vans Warped Tour
Seaside Park – Ventura, CA
Words/Photos/Videos by Reverend Justito/concertconfessions.com
I have always said that a good festival is much like a good buffet. Load up on what you love, avoid what you hate and perhaps sample something new? But what happens when you get to the buffet and discover while a few of your favorites are there, you have no idea what 89.3% of the menu is? Well in the case of the buffet known as the 2010 Vans Warped Tour you run around like a mad man trying to find that special tasty treat that makes you want another helping.
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
(Note – For some reason my camera failed to save about 30-45 photos. This includes all of the Rev photos, as well as The Rocket Summer and some crazy redneck looking dudes whose name I never caught. I am sorry to all the bands whose souls I thought I stole, yet didn’t. Likewise, thank God for the one photo I did snap with my phone.)
I had heard a fair amount of hype regarding this Indiana trio. Perhaps it’s my white-trash roots, but I have always had a thing for true Americana music, and I knew Reverend Peyton was right up my alley (heck – we are both Reverend’s, right?). So I headed over to the AP stage minutes before their set and I am glad I did. The three-piece used their 30 minute set to showcase songs from their latest record – The Wages. “Everything’s raising” and “Born Bred Corn Fed” both had the perfect mix of rural life and gutter punk DIY undertones. Perhaps the biggest response from the fair sized crowd was for “Mama’s Fried Potatoes” which was found on the 2009 Vans Warped Tour Comp. The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band is a lot of fun, and a true breath of fresh air at a festival called Warped. If you are heading out this summer to Warped – you are a fool if you miss this incredible act.
I am pretty sure I saw Bouncing Souls at Warped in 1998. Perhaps 1997, those memories somewhat blur together at this point. Regardless, I stopped by the main stage to check ‘em out again. They were solid – but didn’t really stand out. I had to admit, with a very small crowd in front of the main stage, I was really starting to fear for punk rock. Then again, with an early set time, perhaps the punks had simply not shown up yet?
It’s important to stay hydrated at all-day festivals – thus me spending my fair share of time in the beer garden. With the Kevin Says stage right next to the garden, one could listen to a mix of up and coming artists while filling up on a nice variety of frosted beverages. The Flatliners made me chug that beer so I could rush out and catch some of their set. The Canadian band at first reminded me of Against Me! but as the set went on, I realized they had that certain something going on that reminds me of great distortion driven rock-pop bands like Local H and Burning Brides. Nothing over-thought, just good grooves chalked full of great melodies. I’d also like to point out that they have really cool Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Tees at their merch stand. I would have purchased one, but let’s be real – fat guys like myself stick to softball because we can’t pull off the baseball-tee look.
New Years Day
I walked up at the very tail end of their set on the Kevin Says stage. I was going to take a video, but apparently I walked up on the last song. It seems the record labels have cloned Paramore (if it works once, why not?) because this band sounds exactly like them. While the music is not as good, lead singer Ashley Costello has much nicer legs than Hayley Williams, so they have that going for them. Perhaps this unfair to say based off only hearing one song, but that’s the impression I got and I am sticking with it.
Another Kevin Says band whose set I caught the tail end of. To be honest, I only stopped because they said they had one more cover song and the line to get into the Beer Garden (remember kids – hydration is key) was very long. I am glad I stopped, as the band (who are either from Sweden or Riverside, CA – I am not really sure) closed their set with a blistering cover of the Operation Ivy classic “Sound System.”
I have always heard these guys are some kind of Earth shaking super duper epic and amazing mind blowing band. My mind was not blown. Perhaps a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live here. My highlight of the bands main stage set was the Free The West Memphis 3 markings upon their amplifiers. What am I missing? I think really they just sounded too polished/not enough gruff.
Confide wins the honor of being the one band that was so unpleasing I had to walk away and get more beer to drown out the bad taste left in my mouth. I tried to have an open mind, I really did. What can I say, but I hate the mall, and I hate most if not all mall-core. Clearly these guys are doing something right – as they had a very large crowd smashed into a tiny space. But ummm yeah next.
If Confide had way too many crammed into the space in front of the Skull Candy stage, well you could have driven a tank through the concrete that separated Ivy League from the handful of fans gathered for their 4:20pm set. With a laid back reggae/dub sound, the band seems a better fit for Bonnaroo than what Warped Tour has become in 2010. Not even Angelo Moore of Fishbone fame could attract the interest of the various punk kids gathered around the “Legends” stage. They were more concerned with a good spot for “FEAR” versus the laid back Summer sounds of Ivy League. I did enjoy watching Angelo rock out from the side of the stage for sets by The Dickies and FEAR.
At the 2008 Vans Warped Tour in Ventura, I caught a late afternoon set by random. That band was 3OH!3 and we all know that within a matter of months the duo were chart topping superstars. With a decent marketing team/cool looking promo posters, I decided to head over and check out Mike Posner. I will say this – Posner music did nothing for me. Not bad, but he didn’t seem comfortable on stage and it’s not really my style. The remarkable thing about Mike Posner is the fact that he does not even have a record in stores and a sea of 13 year old girls filled the small space that made up the AP stage singing along to each and every line. Get ready America – I truly have the feeling Mike Posner is about to become a household name.
So there it is friends – the concertconfessions.com 2010 Vans Warped Tour Sampler Platter. Stay tuned for full reports from the various heavy metal and “legends” of punk sets I checked out at Seaside Park in Ventura, CA.