It’s that time of year again, guys! Warped Tour 2014! All of us who have ever been to Warped know that it is impossible to see everyone on the lineup, so I took the time to study and present a list of must-see artists at this year’s show. Take the time and give each a listen; you won’t be sorry!
Wax brings a new sound to the table. Wax collaborates his poetic lines with traditional Spanish textures which include horns and strings. He is a truly different artist that is doing the work of a mature and articulately manicured lyricist. Wax crates his beats and rhymes by sticking to his Hispanic roots and speaking about real life issues and situations, while keeping the music modern and enjoyable by all nationalities.
I Fight Dragons
Great ready for a mind explosion of pure awesomeness. IFD is not your typical rock band in the slightest. They are a chiptune rock band, which for those of you that have no idea what I am talking about, they use video game sounds within their rock music. Some may be hesitant at first to take a listen but i guarantee that it will be bliss for your ear drums. The guys in this band are people that bring life and a story to their music. Not only do they use video game sounds in their music, they are complete geniuses and found a way to play music through Guitar Hero guitars, original GameBoys and a NES step pad…tell me that isn’t one of the most bad ass things you’ve ever heard of. I’ve seen them perform twice now and I was completely indulged in the music and party flare that they exhume from within and release on stage. Do yourself a favor and check out the song “Money”. If you aren’t rocking out and ready to dance the night away after one listen, you should check your pulse. I expect huge things from I Fight Dragons and will continue to be an avid listener.
Echosmith is a band that I honestly had never heard of until looking through the warped tour lineup but I am damn glad I took a listen. I have a soft spot for female lead singers, especially ones with talent and great beauty like Sydney. We have all heard the likes of great female singers like the stunningly talented ladies of the 80s, Heart and Stevie Nicks, to the powerful rock goddesses of today Haley Willams and Amy Lee. I believe that Sydney Sierota may be the next name to come out of this generation. She has a beautiful voice that almost haunts you as you listen but in the most amazing kind of way. The whole band is made out of siblings and you can feel the chemistry that they all have with one listen. After I heard the song “Cool Kids” I instantly fell in love with the group. Take the time out of your day to give this band the respect they deserve and have a listen. You will NOT be sorry.
Bowling for Soup
THROWBACK! Come on now, it wouldn’t be warped tour without a kick ass 90’s band that jams. Do yourself a favor and relive your teenage years by listening to “1985” and “Almost”. I listen to these songs almost religiously and no one can say that they aren’t two of the catchiest songs around. It doesn’t matter if you’ve seen BFS a million times or never before, get over to their stage and check out their live show. Conjure up that teen angst and hop in the mosh pit, have yourself a little fun while listening to some great music at the same time.
Bad Rabbits is a band full of the baddest musicians around (and by baddest I mean best). This 5 member band formed in 2007 and have been making musical magic since then. Now Bad Rabbits may not be the typical band one may imagine to see on warped tour. This is not a hardcore, screamo, death metal group at all. Bad Rabbits is a soulful R&B Rock band that plays like none other in our time. These guys use horns, pop synth, and smooth falsetto to create a sound that forces you to move around and dance. I saw them in a small club in Orlando and I have yet to see a concert that tops it. If you ask me, Bad Rabbits is the best band on this year’s lineup and you’d be missing out on something special if you missed their show. BR ALL DAY!
In addition to Bad Rabbits, there is another R&B and soul band on the line up and they go by the name Air Dubai. They actually opened for Bad Rabbits when I saw them last year and they did not disappoint. Air Dubai uses a modern mix of tunes with rap stylings that combine with a soul infused singer. They produce the perfect compilation of songs to chill to and songs to rock out to. Air Dubai have such hype and energy on stage for a band of such young musicians. I see big things for them in the future and are easily one of my top 5 favorite artists of the year.
It would be insane of me not to include at least one band that rolls into warped tour with heavy distorted guitars and some screaming so I decided to pick my favorite of the mix and that would be Dangerkids. Upon first listening to this band’s single “Countdown”, I felt an instant connection to them and their style. It was during this listening that I realized that they are reminiscent of early Linkin Park infused with Skillet, which in my book is a GREAT thing. These guys have such great potential for a band that has only been around for just over two years. Every year when I look at the line up I get sick of the bands that continue to do as most bands have done before them but Dangerkids have taken the rock music of our era and created a sound unlike anyone else on the tour. Check these guys out!
K.Flay is an artist that I was totally unaware of until seeing the list for Warped. Upon my first listen, I was totally drawn into her style. It is so difficult to give a label to her music but if I had to pick one, it would be a combination of pop and rap. It is a truly unique adaptation of what is considered “rap” and “pop” music. In today’s music, it is difficult to come across a female in the rap game. Not only is K.Flay in the game, she is here to change it. With household names like Nicki Manaj and Lil Kim, people feel like they know what to expect when ladies want to prove themselves as a rapper. I could tell Flay was different when checking out her song “No Duh”. She builds the beginning melody with vocal “La’s” which evolve into a harmonic idea short after the melody is introduced. With the addition of four catchy notes moving up and down the piano and a simplistic bass drum, this song comes together beautifully. When listening to K.Flay, I can’t help but adopt her laid back aura as she spits her rhymes over such relaxing grooves. I can only imagine how great she will sound live and look forward to seeing her.