Warped Tour 2010 Veterans, Rookies and the Crawl Of Death
by Cory Perla (@ExitMusicCory) - posted 3:31 pm, July 19, 2010
Warped Tour Twenty Ten brought together old school punk, new school hardcore, emo, pop-punk and more under 14 stages at Darien Lake
All photos by Ben Gardner
The Vans Warped Tour has recently been an ideal venue for the old and new to come together. This year’s warped tour included veterans like The Casualties, Motion City Soundtrack and Every Time I Die on the same stage as new comers like We The Kings and Rochester’s Polar Bear Club, who are performing on their first Warped Tour.
“The idea is to branch out and play outside your comfort zone” said Polar Bear Club vocalist Jimmy Stadt.
Stadt and his band are not new to bigger tours but when it comes to performing next to different bands in front of crowds who aren’t necessarily familiar with their music, it’s a whole different experience he said.
“There are so many days where way more than half the audience has never heard of us,” Stadt said. “Up there, you definitely get a feeling for how many people you’re winning over. There’s a sort of body language.”
For bands who have been on the tour before, changes small and large can make an impact on their everyday lives. Motion City Soundtrack are on their seventh Warped Tour now and singer Justin Pierre has noticed a couple of those changes.
“They’ve started doing more environmentally friendly things, which is really cool.” Pierre said. Those “environmentally friendly things” include stuff like powering the main stage with a bio diesel generator.
On the list of things that Pierre and his band expect every year from Warped Tour; crazy weather, great food and lots of down time.
“I don’t party at night or anything, most of my time is spent catching up on TV shows,” Pierre said. “I just finished season 8 of The X-Files.”
So what kind of advice does a veteran like Pierre have for rookies like the Polar Bear club?
“If they’re smart enough, they wouldn’t ask for my advice,” he said. “But the point is just to get your music out there and talk to people, that’s what we’ve tried to do over the years.”