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Exclusive Q and A: Transit Talk Boston Band Scene & Their First Warped Experience

OurStage Exclusive InterviewsAfter building up a sizable fanbase through several years of steadily touring and releasing numerous albums, Boston-based Transit finally scored a spot on the Vans Warped Tour this summer. It’s rare for first-time bands to play at every stop on the tour, but Transit are no strangers to the road. After Warped is over, they’ll be heading off to Australia, and then casually jaunting over to the U.K. for a string of October dates. We caught up with guitarist Tim Landers at their Mansfield, Mass. Warped Tour stop to chat about the band’s New England roots, influences, and what it was like to grow up as a pop-punk kid in a metalcore world.

OS: It’s the first time on Warped Tour for you guys. How has it been? Have there been particular stops that have stood out so far?

TL: It’s been awesome. Our reception has been better than we could have imagined or hoped for, especially given that we’re doing two sets a day. We get to play as many songs as we really want to. We can do some acoustic, some electric, and change it up. That’s been really cool. All of the shows have been great, but a lot of the California ones have stood out. We just didn’t expect the reactions here to be as good as they were. Playing California’s always a good time, but these were great.

OS: And is there any extra excitement about the Mansfield date, as it’s kind of a hometown show for you guys?

TL: It’s so good to be back. It’s funny, because we don’t even get to go back to our houses or anything, but just being in Massachusetts feels good and it’s great to see friends and family. Where you’re from is the best place to play, obviously. We haven’t played our main set yet today, but our acoustic set was the best of the tour, so I just can’t wait.

OS: Like you guys, OurStage is a Boston-based operation. Could you talk about your experience starting out as a band around here?

TL: I could go on for days. I mean, when I started going to shows it was all metalcore bands. They all sounded like Poison The Well, and stuff like that. There was just so much of it. I remember when I first started playing a decent amount of shows, it was me and our drummer Daniel. We played in a pop-punk band, but when we played a lot of shows around the area we’d always be playing with metalcore bands and hardcore bands, which was cool. It was just what we grew up on. And then I think we all just got really frustrated because every band and every show was exactly the same and they were all trying to do the same thing. The reason why we started Transit was to do something that was different. We all loved bands like Saves The Day and Braid, and we wanted to apply their style to the band that we started. But the music scene in Boston is always changing, and it’s never the same thing. It went through this very hardcore phase, and now there aren’t even many hardcore bands in Boston.  Continue reading ‘Exclusive Q and A: Transit Talk Boston Band Scene & Their First Warped Experience’

Exclusive Q and A: Cherri Bomb Separate The Girls From The Boys

Being in an all-girl rock band requires three key things: tough skin, business savvy, and, most importantly, an insane amount of talent. The four young ladies who make up alt-rock group Cherri Bomb have got all three down to a science. For Nia and Rena Lovelis, Miranda Miller, and Julia Pierce, rock stardom is just over the horizon, making it even harder to believe that their average age is just fifteen. Guided by manager Sam Maloney (drummer for Hole, Mötley Crüe, and Eagles of Death Metal) this group of rock prodigies have already shared the stage with some of their idols, like My Chemical Romance and the Foo Fighters, and released a full-length album, This Is The End Of Control. We caught up with Cherri Bomb at the Mansfield, Mass. date of the Vans Warped Tour to learn more about their influences, fashion inspiration, and plans for the rest of the year. Boys, take note…this is how it’s done.

OS: You guys have made history this year. How does it feel to be the youngest all-girl band to play this tour?

JP: It feels really good because we’ve always wanted to play Warped Tour, but we didn’t know when that would ever happen. Not only because we’re young and we’re girls does that make it feel special, but also being with other bands that we look up to, that we can kind of make friends with…that’s also really cool.

OS: Are there any bands on this tour that you really love and grew up listening to?

JP: I like a lot of the bands on the line up. Sleeping With Sirens, Of Mice and Men, Falling In Reverse…

OS: Were you nervous at all to come out on this tour? It’s notorious for being a rough experience, but it can be especially scary being the only young girls on a huge tour filled with rock bands…

MM: We prepared really hard for this. We rehearsed constantly and we put the show together. We knew it was going to be hard and there’s a lot of challenges on Warped Tour, but we were so excited. There’s no room for nervousness.

OS: Tell us about working with your manager, Sam Maloney.

NL: She helps us a lot, she gives us a lot of advice. She leads us away from any potholes. She’s a great manager and she’s also a musician, so she knows a lot about both sides of the business, which is amazing.

OS: Who would you say are your biggest influences? Do all of the band members listen to the same music, or do you have a wide variety of tastes?

NL: Our musical taste is all over the place. I really like Marilyn Manson, A Perfect Circle… [Julia] likes a lot of hardcore bands. But we kind of all go everywhere, from Regina Spektor to Korn.

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Exclusive Q and A: Taking Back Sunday Talk Warped Tour Ten Years After ‘Tell All Your Friends’

OurStage Exclusive InterviewsAny fan of early 2000′s pop punk knows that Taking Back Sunday‘s Tell All Your Friends is the go-to warm weather record. Ten years after the album’s release, TBS is still one of the biggest bands in the modern rock scene, so it’s no surprise that they’ve been drawing the biggest crowds at Warped Tour all summer. We met up with drummer Mark O’Connell and guitarist John Nolan at the Mansfield date to chat about having icon status on Warped, writing new material and the rumored 10th anniversary tour for their classic debut record.

OS: You haven’t been on the Warped Tour for many, many years. What’s it like to be headlining the whole thing this year?

JN: I think the weirdest thing is that this band has a status, I think, at this point, amongst the other bands. The younger bands kind of look at us like something. You know, like we’re these elder statesmen or something like that, which was not the case, obviously, in 2004. But yeah, it’s definitely interesting to be on this tour and to be in this kind of position like that, where bands look at you a certain way, and even the audience, too. But it definitely feels like we’re reintroducing ourselves to a lot of people at the same time, which is cool. I mean it’s been a good thing all around, I think.

OS: You’ve never done Warped Tour with the lineup you have now. What’s it like to have two new people out this time?

MO: Well he is one of the new people. [points at Nolan]

JN: He gets to talk shit about one of the new guys [laughs].

MO: And he’s a new-old guy, the old-new…whatever. But, I can say that it’s definitely more fun with John and Shaun [Cooper]. The original lineup.

JN: I personally think the band is much better with Shaun Cooper and John Nolan in it. I mean just, a completely unbiased position, I mean, it’s just better. Just better. [laughs] Everything is better.

OS: There are a lot of veterans out with you guys this year, like New Found Glory, Bayside, and Senses Fail. Is it nice to have bands that broke out around the same time you did on Warped Tour?

MO: Yeah. You know, we’re always right next to Bayside and New Found Glory, so they’re good dudes, we’ve known them for a long time, so it makes it nice to, you know, be able to wake up and see people that you know. Friendly faces, smiles, good friends. Good times.

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OS @ Warped Series: This Week On Warped Tour — Week 3

Hello OurStage!

This is Tour Manager James checking in from the Orlando, FL date of Van’s Warped Tour 2012. For the last month, I have been riding aboard the OurStage.com tour bus with Larry G(ee) and his band, as well as a few stage hands, and thought it might be a nice change of pace to shed some light on my day-to-day life here on the world’s largest traveling music festival.

Every morning, I rise around 7:00am and check with our driver (Jens) to learn about our arrival  time and whatever information he is able to offer about the venue. We arrive and I wake up Larry so he and I can begin promoting the day’s performance. We stroll the venue, setup merch, locate stages, promote on social networks, drink coffee, and sweat the equivalent of roughly two gallons of water before getting the day’s set times at 10am. Once that happens, the grounds become a rampage of managers and promo kids doing their best to get the word out about their act’s time. It’s hectic, it’s crazy, it’s Warped before gates.

Once the gates open, the real day can finally begin. The band and I regroup from our morning promotion then set off to promote within the gates until (and usually after) the performance. When Larry has somewhere to be, something gig-related to do, or when the band is in need, I’m there. When they perform, I’m there both as manager and photographer. On the rare occasion the day allows for me to have some time to explore the grounds, I do my best to catch as many sets as possible (most of which I’ve shared on the OS Warped Tumblr) and, if at all possible, shower.

Evening brings a cooler temperature, but our efforts never end before dark. I assist Larry and his band as needed, begin packing up our belongings, and do my best to catch a glimpse of the sunset before diving into some editing work on the day’s photos. It’s tiring, and most of the time you want to sleep for days on end, but the night Warped Tour crew BBQ keeps us up and lifts even the lowest spirits. It’s one of those rare moments when everyone from main stage to catering is really together, and not one has passed that’s let us down.

After all this, Larry, his band, the crew, and I return to the bus and exchange stories before bed. It’s a long, long day, but one you’re always excited to begin again in the morning.

I’ll be writing another entry next week highlighting my favorite moments of this tour, but for now, here are a few of my favorite images thus far:

The Constellations

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Mirk

Larry g(EE)

Avion Roe

 

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Pierce The Veil Talk Warped Tour, ‘Collide With The Sky,’ And Hot Sauce

OurStage Exclusive InterviewsIn today’s crowded post-hardcore scene, Pierce The Veil stand out as a band who aren’t afraid to take risks, try new things, and, most importantly, stay true to themselves. With a sound that combines aggressive guitars, dynamic vocals and the occasional hint of Latin flavor, PTV are sitting comfortably at the top of their genre. The San Diego, California natives released their third album, Collide With The Sky, on July 17th, and have been one of the most anticipated acts to see live on Warped Tour this summer. We caught up with frontman/guitarist Vic Fuentes and bassist Jaime Preciado at the Mansfield, MA stop to chat about the new record, collaborating with Kellin Quinn and why they included hot sauce in their pre-order bundles!

OS: What’s been your most memorable experience with a fan so far on the tour?

VF: I guess the most memorable experience would be when they hug me with a ton of paint all over them, and then it stays, so I remember it all day…

JP: Yeah, it stays. All day. I have had that experience.

VF: Kids just paint their whole bodies…

JP: It’s, like, 100 degrees outside and the paint just ruins clothing. Or when girls wear a ton of makeup and you’re wearing a shirt, and then next day you see your shirt, and it’s got some girl’s face imprint on your shoulder.

OS: What other bands have you most enjoyed seeing at Warped so far this year?

JP: So many bands. I miss The Used. Those guys were awesome. I like watching Bayside as much as I possibly can, because they’re one of the tightest bands on Warped. They’re so, so good. And today I actually saw Memphis May Fire for the first time. We’re good friends with those guys. They put on a good show. It’s really awesome.

OS: Your set at Warped is a lot shorter than a lot of the shows you play. How did you decide what songs were going to make the set list? Does that change from date to date?

VF: Yeah, it was hard for this tour, because now we have three records, and we’ve never had that feeling, having so many songs. But it’s fun though, it’s cool, we just decided we’ve got to at least play one new song, so we’re playing the new one that we just put out.

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Send Us Your Best Warped Tour Photo And You Could Win Free Concert Tickets!

We’ve had a wild month out on the Vans Warped Tour with Larry g(EE), Avion Roe, Junior Doctor and more awesome artists. We know you Warped Tour fans have been snapping photos of the artists from the OurStage.com Stage, and now it’s time to put those to good use!

We want photos that scream “OurStage at Warped Tour.” It could be a photo of an artist performing on the OurStage.com Stage, you meeting your favorite OurStage artist, you modeling your OurStage Warped Tour tee…get creative! To enter, email your best “OurStage at Warped Tour” photo (with your name) to socialmedia@ourstage.com by August 1st.

We’ll post your photos on our Facebook page with your name in the caption, and the photo with the most likes by August 8th will be named the winner. The photographer of the winning snapshot will win two tickets to a concert of their choosing (some limitations will apply) and a prize pack from OurStage, Rock Steady Drums and more!

Read the official rules here.

Here are some ideas to get you started. Good luck!

OS @ Warped Series: This Week On Warped Tour — Week 1

It’s official: We’ve survived one week on the Vans Warped Tour…and we’re having a blast! Our national Warped Tour competition winner Larry g(EE) has been stopping people in their tracks with his energetic live performances, and the crowds have been left screaming for more. Plus, Junior Doctor, Avion Roe and the rest of the artists on the OurStage.com Stage artists are tearing up the stage every day.

Here’s a collection of our favorite photos from Warped Tour this week. Check out our official Tumblr blog for more photos, live videos, interviews and more, and share your photos with us on Twitter and Instagram by tagging them with #ourstagewarped. See you on the road!

Larry rocks out in Kansas (we need to get our hands on some of these tees!)

We love "hanging out" with Avion Roe

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OS @ Warped Series: Junior Doctor

With summer right around the corner, we can’t help but be totally stoked for Warped Tour. In case you haven’t heard, we’ll be sponsoring our own stage for twenty-two dates and bringing twenty-three artists out to perform on it. In addition, there are a handful of other OurStage artists already booked to play various dates of the tour. We decided to catch up with them to get the scoop on their summer plans.

Since 2008, Cocoa Beach’s Junior Doctor have been making high-energy pop rock a la Mayday Parade and Cartel. The band  worked with the best producers in the modern rock scene to hone the polished sound on their debut Clumsy Words and Pickup Lines. We caught up with frontman/guitarist Mark Hartman to hear about the band’s beginnings, working with famous actresses, and how they’re preparing for a very Warped summer.

OS: You have two different stories for how the band began. What are they, and will you tell us which one is true?

MH: Yes, there are two stories of how JrDr started and one is not true at all. So the true story is that we met in a super boring way (introductions through mutual friends) and we stumbled upon the name Junior Doctor, realized that the abbreviation was Jr.Dr., thought it was cool, and that was it. Now when we told people that story, they all seemed extremely unimpressed and it didn’t really spark any ones interest. So we decided to make up a story about us dropping out of med school to pursue a career in music, and everyone seemed to eat it up! So we stuck with it for a while, but as things started to grow, we started to feel more and more uncomfortable with the fact that we were lying to everyone. So we decided it was probably best to go a head and just come clean. I mean imagine if someone at one of our shows started having a heart attack or something, then someone yells out “Those guys are doctors! They can help!” That definitely wouldn’t end very well.

OS: What is the local scene like in Cocoa Beach? Who are some local bands that you think your fans should check out?

MH: The scene in Cocoa Beach is cool. It’s a really laid back attitude and there aren’t really a ton of bands here, but one we have played with may times and are all big fans of is The Starlight Getaway. They have an album called My Dreams and Me and it is awesome!

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Coming Soon: Larry g(EE)’s “I’m Your Fool” Music Video

Last weekend, OurStage’s National Warped Tour Competition winner Larry g(EE) filmed the music video for “I’m Your Fool” and sent us some behind-the-scenes photos from the shoot. We’ll have the exclusive premiere of Larry’s new video in just a few weeks. Until then, we suggest you check out the soulful tune here on OurStage and follow our official Warped Tour Tumblr for more on all of the acts performing on the OurStage.com Stage!

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OS @ Warped Series: iwrestledabearonce

With summer right around the corner, we can’t help but be totally stoked for Warped Tour. In case you haven’t heard, we’ll be sponsoring our own stage for twenty-two dates and bringing twenty-three artists out to perform on it. Twenty-two acts will snag a performance at their local tour stop, and Dallas native Larry g(EE) will be rocking the stage at each and every date. In addition, there are a handful of other OurStage artists already booked to play various dates of the tour. We decided to catch up with them to get the scoop on their summer plans.

Shreveport, Louisiana’s iwrestledabearonce don’t take themselves—or the metal scene—too seriously, and that may be one of the best things they have going for them. Sure, they may not be for the faint of heart, and you probably wouldn’t expect any less from a band with song titles like “Tastes Like Kevin Bacon” and “Karate Nipples.” Even so, the group is refreshingly fearless on stage and in the studio, mixing grindcore, electronica, screamo and just about every other genre into their musical melting pot. Led by formidable lead vocalist Krysta Cameron, the band battled sterotyping early on in their career, but have since proved that they can hang with the most metal dudes around. We caught up with guitarist Steven Bradley to chat about what they’ll be bringing to Warped Tour, the horror movie they just finished filming, and what they’ll be doing when summer ends.

OS: You guys love to mix a lot of different genres and styles in your music. How would you describe your music to those who have never heard it before?

SB: Terrible…beyond that, I don’t know. It’s heavy music that’s not quite as serious as maybe other straightforward heavy bands. Dance, grind, jazz, electronic, terrible…as long as the word terrible is in there.

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