Ohio/PA photographer phenom Jason Nelson was kind enough to shoot some of your favorite bands at Warped Tour in Pittsburgh and share them with our readership. Amazing work as always by Jason, check them out!All photos © 2017 Jason Nelson
The band is self-described as sounding like “Halestorm meets the Foo Fighters, with Courtney Love at the helm, if she could wail like Kelly Clarkson.” I think that description hits the nail on the head. This band is very fun! Check out their video for “My Evil Ways” which was released last fall: https://youtu.be/AutS-dYmvtc
Tickets on sale at 10am local time on Wednesday March 22nd at vanswarpedtour.com
The Vans Warped Tour, presented by Journeys, is well known as America’s longest running touring music festival of the summer. Since 1995, the tour has been a showcase for both established and up and coming talent, across a wide range of eclectic sub-genres.
The goth/metalcore unit, Motionless In White, out of Scranton, PA has surpassed a decade of popularising their brand of music, mixing screamo and clean vocals. With all the bands that come and go from the Warped Tour genre this is no easy feat. Their ability to pull in a female audience has much to do with that, appealing to a wide range of melodious metal enthusiasts. MIW is due to release a new album, Graveyard Shift (on Roadrunner Records), in May, recently putting out their single, “Eternally Yours” and currently touring with the likes of Issues and Falling In Reverse. The band has gone through some personnel changes over the years, but the constant presence of lead singer Chris Cerulli remains steady. For the most part, the lineup Wednesday night in Pittsburgh was the tight group that has been slugging it out on the road since 2012.
With a jack-o-lantern spotted, candle filled, graveyard type setting MIW launched in quickly with “570”, a spectacular opener due to the intensity, and followed it up with “A-M-E-R-I-C-A” (off of Infamous) accompanied by guest vocals from Michael Vampire of Dead Girls Academy, who opened earlier in the evening. As they went into “Everyone Sells Cocaine” their influences ranging from Nu-metal/industrial to New Wave to mainstream metal were readily apparent. Their rabid fans sang every word and security guards quickly had their hands full as the crowd surfing went full throttle. Of all the bands that performed it seemed that the energy level peaked with MIW. As Chris ‘Motionless’ worked the crowd, Devin ‘Ghost’ hammered his bass and let his red dyed flocks fly in abandon, Ricky ‘Horror’ Olson showed his tremendous prowess as a rhythym guitar player, Ryan Sitkowski stoically synched perfectly with Olson as he shred lead guitar, and newest member of the band Vinny Mauro on drums held down the low end. “Abigail”, “Undead Ahead”, “Death March” and “Devil’s Night” came in quick sucession.
Having witnessed MIW numerous times, it became readily apparent that they have matured not only in their sound, but their stage presence as well. The theatrics are still there via a dancing pumpkin head and a woman who throws out candy and shoots squirt guns, but the reliance on makeup and cliches from their genre has waned drastically. The latest release “Eternally Yours” certainly has the signature MIW sound of aggressive and light flip flops, but the vocals have progressed as well as the guitar and synth presence.
The highlight of the show though may have been their cover of System Of A Down‘s “Chop Suey”. With Devin and Ricky trading instruments, Chris did an amazing job impersonating Tankian (admittedly he’s no Tongo), and Devin handled the hush backing vocals of Malakian. The crowd went berserk and frankly, this one needs to be committed to wax because it is that well done. Check out a sample here:
Motionless finished off their set with “Dead As Fuck”, “Eternally Yours” and “Reincarnate”.
Motionless In White continue to prove themselves as not only a ‘stage’ entertaining band, but a band that is evolving musically without losing their identity and fan base. The new release on May 5 should be interesting to say the least.
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Stick To Your Guns’ latest album, “Diamond” has been nominated for an Independent Music Award for best Hardcore/Metal album of the year.
Winners will be determined by fan votes and a panel of judges including Tom Waits, Ziggy Marley, Pete Wentz, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Joel Madden, Kevin Lyman and more.
Stick to Your Guns is one of the bands that gets into your head, settles in, and plans to stay for a long, long time. With a positive vibe and a punk/hardcore sound it’s hard not to absolutely fall in love with everything these guys put forth. STYG has played with a diverse group of bands like Motley Crue, Hatebreed, Killswitch Engage, Parkway Drive, Terror and H20. The momentum has continued for the band who has joined Motionless in White on tour; which is where we caught up with them in Pittsburgh. Though the bands differ in style, they compliment each other immensely. The straight forward OC-punk-hardcore band even had its guitarist join Motionless on stage in full make up to play a song on previous shows.
STYG’s set was fast, intense, and completely had the crowd going insane. Only into the first song, the crowd surfers accidently hit the bank of overhead stage lights and the place went dark. The band kept at it with full ferocity as the guys at the Ironworks stage-dove themselves up to the lighting rig to fix it. The sold out capacity crowd was packed to every corner, spilling out onto the stage, and screaming their lungs out, and having the time of their lives. Jesse made sure that all the fans were feeling alright and understood that even in the wake of the days tragic new of the Sandy Hook shooting that they all had the power to change things, that we were all together for a reason, and part of that reason was the love of the music we had before us. PMM has to tell you that we spent a lot of time with Josh (guitar) and he is such an awesome guy- friendly, humble, funny, and just absolutely cool on all levels. We were really impressed by his guitar work and stage presence throughout the entire evening. PMM can’t thank him enough for being such an amazing host. That’s not to say Jesse was not incredibly gracious, welcoming, and funny as well. These guys are just so uplifting and making all the right moves. Their charity work is an example to be set to all and our heart goes out to Jesse’s loss, for he grew up with Mitch Lucker (see below for The Keeping Warm in a Cold World Event). The sheer vocal power that protrudes from Jesse is not only impressive but awe inspiring a times. The rest of the crew, George, Chris, and Andrew are incredibly cool dudes as well and are so great with all of their fans as well as their performance. PMM can’t wait to have them back in Pittsburgh in July on The Vans Warped Tour.
Right now the band is putting out a 3-part mini series about “fitness on tour” for Alternative Press (check it out here). They have a lot of big projects in the works. In January, they will put on the 3rd Annual Keeping Warm in a Cold World- a two day event created by STYG to give back. All proceeds go to charity. This year the funds will go to a trust for the daughter of the late Mitch Lucker of Suicide Silence.
Check out their video for the single We Still Believe. It features band members from The Ghost Inside, Sleeping Giant and Motionless in White.
The video for Against Them All features friends of the late Sam Perkins, a STYG fan who died of brain cancer. (link to the article on the whole story)
A bit more on Stick to Your Guns:
Jesse Barnett (vocals) was inspired to form a band that provided him with a medium to project his views and reflect his musical influences. Through the years he has brought a stable of accomplished musicians on board that bring with them the punk-hardcore passion Jesse has always possessed. STYG’s line up reads as a who’s who of punk/hardcore. Chris Rawson (Walls of Jericho) joined the band in 2009. Last year, the band added Josh James.
Stick To Your Guns has long been known in the punk-hardcore community. After four albums, many worldwide tours and legions of followers, the band delivered the most important effort of its career in 2012 with the much anticipated album, Diamond. Their songwriting has distinctively developed and matured. Diamond delivers a message of inspiration that anyone can relate to.
The genre-bending album debuted on the Billboard charts making it to #1 on the Heetseekers chart, placing 11 for Hard Rock Albums, 30 for Rock Albums and 116 on the coveted BILLBOARD 200.
The sudden upturn in popularity could spoil a band, but they are nothing less than gracious. Now more than ever, they seek to inject more than entertainment into their fans’ minds. They see their success as an opportunity to inspire more people with their positive message. The band often speaks to those that feel lost or discarded. “Every person on this earth is searching for who they are, where they belong and ways that they can express themselves,” said frontman Jesse Barnett.
“Diamond, is an insight to the way we view the world-the good and the bad. This is an amazing place we live in. There’s so much mystery about our existence. It fascinates the hell out of us-the pain people go through, the good people do,” Barnett said. “It’s important for all of us to understand that we all are all of those things. What’s inside of you is what’s happening outside in the world. We can’t look at everything that’s going on around us and think that we are disconnected.”
“We try to live the words we speak,” Barnett added. “We give back any moment we can. We’re not perfect-far from it, but what helps more than anything is when a kid says to us, ‘Hey man, my life was a wreck. I was in a downward spiral, and this bands music has picked me up’….This has become more than just a band for us.”
Within a mere few months of the album’s release, they have received dozens of photos of freshly inked Diamond tattoos. STICK TO YOUR GUNS has truly become more than a band, they have evolved into a movement.
Keeping Warm in a Cold World- STYG will host the 3rd Annual Keeping Warm in a Cold World- a two day event created by STYG to give back to those trying to make the world a better place. All proceeds go to charity. This year the funds will go to a trust for the daughter of the late Mitch Lucker of Suicide Silence.
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Persistence Tour –STYG will join Hatebreed, Agnostic Front, H2O, The Accacia Strain and more for the widely popular European Tour.
Stick to Your Guns will join the 2013 Vans Warped Tour. The announcement was made Friday, during Fuse TV’s new show, Warped Roadies.
“We’re stoked to be a part of something that has been such a big part of all of our lives growing up,” said frontman Jesse Barnett. “This band continues to take us places that we never thought we’d go, and we are proud, overwhelmed and very honored.”
No way you can miss MISS MAY I at Altar Bar. If you were lucky enough to catch them on Warped you know what an amazing show this will be. Tickets for the AP Tour at Altar Bar should go rather quickly with a line up that includes The Ghost Inside, Like Moths to Flames, The Amity Affliction, and Glass Cloud.
Presale purchasers will be given the first opportunity to buy limited VIP packages. With the purchase of a ticket and an additional $17, fans will receive a one-year subscription to AP and all three covers of the AP Tour Fall 2012 issue. In addition, AP is offering a limited VIP Package with the purchase of a ticket and an additional $48. This package includes all three covers of the AP Tour issue, a one-year subscription to AP, access to a meet & greet with Miss May I, a sit-in on Miss May I’s soundcheck, a signed copy of Miss May I’s new record At Heart, a VIP laminate and an AP Tour USB with exclusive MP3s, videos and additional content from all your favorite AP Tour bands. Don’t miss out on this first-come-first served opportunity before they sell out!
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MISS MAY I was discovered by Rise Records through the direction of former manager Chris Rubey of The Devil Wears Prada in 2008. The band’s first album, Apologies Are for the Weak, reached #29 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. Their 2010 sophomore release, Monument, charted on the Billboard Top 200 and hit #10 on the U.S. Hard Rock chart. Churning out over 450 performances since 2009, the band is regarded as one of the hardest working young bands in the metal genre.
Depression, eating disorders, addiction, self-injury, sucicide…these are some our most pressing issues regarding today’s youth. We can no longer push these issues under the carpet and pretend they do not exist or will just go away. We need to speak honestly, openly, and progressively to combat one of the biggest problems facing our youth.
First the facts:
121 million people worldwide suffer from depression. (World Health Organization)
18 million of these cases are happening in the United States. (The National Institute of Mental Health)
Between 20% and 50% of children and teens struggling with depression have a family history of this struggle and the offspring of depressed parents are more than three times as likely to suffer from depression. (U.S. Surgeon General’s Survey, 1999)
Depression often co-occurs with anxiety disorders and substance abuse, with 30% of teens with depression also developing a substance abuse problem. (NIMH)
2/3 of those suffering from depression never seek treatment.
Untreated depression is the number one cause of suicide, and suicide is the third leading cause of death among teenagers. (NIMH)
Last week during the Warped Tour, PMM and myself were lucky enough to sit down with Jason who is a representative for To Write Love On Her Arms. To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire as well as to invest directly into treatment and recovery (TWLOHA website).
We spoke with Jason at length regarding the mission of TWLOHA and what ways people can get involved to combat thiese serious social issues (please see below for entire audio interview). As a high school teacher who has dealt with depression and anxiety on a personal level all my life, as well as having experienced students very close to me struggle with these issues, the work of TWLOHA is a blessing. I have unfortunately lost a few students to suicide and directly see the critical need for organizations such as TWLOHA.
TWLOHA is working very aggressively at speaking about these issues where they most often lie: amongst high school and college age students. TWLOHA launched The Storytellers High School Campaign in October 2011 as an initiative to change these numbers and open a conversation in high schools that discusses mental health and community. They are also creating University Chapters across the country to help college students know where the resources are for help and educate. The Storytellers is a two-month campaign where a student organizer works with a faculty advisor on behalf of their high school to create awareness about mental health issues, bring the TWLOHA message to their school, and foster community on their campus, while also raising funds for TWLOHA. The program is completely free and of no cost to the student or school involved. There are a variety of incentives for participating, including the opportunity for a TWLOHA event. Their hope and goal is that by reaching high school students in their everyday environment, and by engaging the student body as a whole, we can change the numbers (TWLOHA website).
Please think about ways that you can help. To explore some options that TWLOHA offers check out their website:
For our full interview with Jason click here: TWLOHA
Photos from Warped Tour courtesy of MPAP Photo
Just some quick shots of some of the days excitement at Vans Warped Tour in Pittsburgh including some stellar bands like Dead Sara, For Today, Taking Back Sunday, All Time Low, New Found Glory, Ballyhoo!, Hyro Da Hero, Title Fight, Echo Movement, We the Kings, Anti-Flag, Of Mice and Men, and many more!
We really enjoyed the eclectic reggae/punk/pop/punk sounds of Ballyhoo! at Warped in Pittsburgh. Howi from Ballyhoo! was gracious enough to set aside some time and talk to us about life on the road, the accomplishments of the band, their gear, and influences. Listen to the interview in its entirety here: Ballyhoo!
Ballyhoo! are from Maryland, and are considered a modern rock/reggae party band, actively playing on tour since 2006 (but Howi estimates it has 17 years that they have been playing).
Considered a band that blur the lines between rock, reggae, punk and pop they have created their own hybrid of music that cannot be pigeonholed to one definitive genre. Their signature sound is one they have been perfecting since their high school days in Aberdeen, Maryland with the voice of lead singer and guitarist Howi Spangler; the beats by brother and drummer Donald “Big D” Spangler; the bass lines of JR Gregory and Scott Vandrey (aka DJ Blaze) on the turntables and keys. They certainly found all the right influences to meld their sound together. PMM would describe it as a mixture of Bob Marley, Green Day, Goldfinger, No Use For a Name, Lee “Scratch” Perry, and UB40. They not only rock, but they sway, with a sound that is perfect for a party or blasting in your car.
Ballyhoo!’s dedication to the road has turned them into a well known party band. LAW Records signed them to the Hawaii-based independent record label. Some of the bands they have been playing with are 311, Authority Zero, Pepper, Slightly Stoopid, and The Supervillains.
Enigmatic, charming, witty, intelligent, and energizing are just some of the adjectives you hear when people speak of Hyron Fenton of Hyro Da Hero. Often compared to predecessors like Rage Against the Machine and praised by the likes of Korn, Hyro is so much more than an act reminiscent of the glory days of rap and roll.
Straight out of Houston, Hyro now resides in LA when he is not burning up the road with his bandmates. His influences are all over the map- from rap to rock to actors. But it’s all of these ingredients that add to the swagger and sound that is a brand new take on the genre. Hyro comes from the rap end of rock and focuses on the beat. Where many acts have the music in their heads and then try to find the beat and the lyrical content, it seems Fenton works from the opposite end which achieves stunning results.
Hyro has been at the music game since 2007 when he released his first mix tape Gangsta Rock. His debut album Birth, School, Work, Death is produced by none other than Ross Robinson of Korn, At The Drive In, Blood Brothers, Deftones, Soulfly, and Slipknot fame. Obviously, Hyro takes no prisoners when it comes to seeking world domination with his craft. Currently Hyro Da Hero is wowing audiences on The Warped Tour here in the US, but is well seasoned at touring the world. He has stunned audiences in Canada, the UK, Australia, and will be headed to Japan in August. Everyone we spoke with at Warped said ‘you have to check out Hyro’. The audience in Pittsburgh ate up the performance that featured high-flying antics and a super charged set, that left not only the band, but the audience breathless.
Thanks to Nightwire.net and Hyro’s management team, PMM was able to conduct an exclusive interview with Hyro on his tour bus which you can check out here in its entirety.
You owe to yourself to check out Hyro Da Hero (official website) and download Birth, School, Work, Death. Hyro is currently on the Warped Tour and will hit the Summer Sonic Festival in Japan August 18.
Warped Tour hits Pittsburgh tomorrow at First Niagara Pavilion. One of the most anticipated performances is that of Miss May I on the main stage. To get yourself pumped up for their performance you can check out their second video from the tour and some behind the scenes stuff from Revolver Magazine:
Two days ago, MISS MAY I posted the second official VANS WARPED TOUR video update, featuring massive circle pits, Fourth of July antics, extreme air sports and more. Check out the video While you are browsing the web, make sure to visit Revolver Magazine’s online hub, Revolvermag.com, to watch a brand new behind-the-scenes bus tour of MISS MAY I’s tour bus that they’re traveling in during the tour, hosted by singer Levi Benton.
The band recently announced the #32 Billboard Top 200 first week debut of their new album, At Heart, as well as singer Levi Benton’s appearance on one of the Alternative Press Magazine special edition VANS WARPED TOUR covers.
Make sure to keep an eye out tomorrow at VANS WARPED TOUR—Levi is appearing at several Alternative Press Magazine Booth signings throughout the summer. Check the signing times at your local tour stop for more details. The band is taking part in several additional signings during their main stage run at VANS WARPED TOUR this year, including appearances at the Project143 booth and the MISS MAY I merch stand. When arriving at the festival, attendees will be given specific times for each individual signing as well as the band’s performance times (they are scheduled to change per date).
And while you are at it look for Alan and Mike from Pittsburgh Music Magazine taking pictures and interviewing bands (just looked for the covered in tattoos and bald headed morons with cameras all over them).
MISS MAY I has just posted the first official VANS WARPED TOUR video update detailing the band’s performances and some backstage antics. Head to the band’s official YouTube page right now to check out the video and stay tuned for some behind-the-scenes and gear videos being posted exclusively soon.
The band recently announced the #32 Billboard Top 200 first week debut of their new album, At Heart, as well as singer Levi Benton’s appearance on one of the Alternative Press Magazine special edition VANS WARPED TOUR covers.
Make sure to keep an eye out at your local VANS WARPED TOUR stop—Levi will be appearing at several Alternative Press Magazine Booth signings. Check the signing times at your local tour stop for more details. The band will be taking part in several additional signings during their main stage run at VANS WARPED TOUR this year, including appearances at the Project143 booth and the MISS MAY I merch stand! When arriving at the festival, attendees will be given specific times for each individual signing as well as the band’s performance times (they are scheduled to change per date).
Additionally, MISS MAY I drummer Jerod Boyd and bassist Ryan Neff will be giving one-on-one daily music lessons at the official BANDHAPPY Music Lesson Tent. For more information on the tent, visit here
MISS MAY I have released a video trailer previewing their upcoming music video for the track ‘Hey Mister’ on the official band YouTube page. ‘Hey Mister’ is the first single cut from the band’s upcoming full-length album, At Heart.
Singer Levi Benton exclaims, “We’re so excited to be dropping this video next week and we thought we’d give you a little sneak peek of what to expect. The video took 3 days to film and it’s the biggest video we’ve ever done, which is good, because Hey Mister is the biggest song we have ever written. Check it out and get learning those words ready for Warped!”
At Heart will hit stores on June 12, 2012, and was produced by famed record producer Machine (Lamb of God, Every Time I Die, Suicide Silence). The band’s first album, Apologies Are for the Weak, reached #29 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. Their 2010 sophomore release, Monument, charted on the Billboard Top 200 and hit #10 on the U.S. Hard Rock chart. Churning out over 450 performances since 2009, the band is regarded as one of the hardest working young bands in the metal genre.
BANDHAPPY, the first LIVE online and in-person music education service, is creating a sponsorship with the Vans Warped Tour this summer. As a sponsor, BANDHAPPY will offer a unique service for fans and bands alike on each date of the tour. BANDHAPPY is providing an official “BANDHAPPY Lesson Tent” where fans/attendees will be able to take lessons from their favorite bands/musicians on the Vans Warped Tour. Since launch, BANDHAPPY has serviced thousands of students in over 100 countries learning daily on the site by either live video chat or in-person while artists are on tour.
At the Vans Warped Tour, BANDHAPPY lessons can include anything from instrument and vocal lessons, to lessons about songwriting, marketing, image, management, gear walk-throughs, or anything else relating to the music industry. Take a trip over to www.bandhappy.com/warpedtour and check out all of the new details, as well as to vote for which artists you would like lessons from (and on what instrument) in each city.
All BANDHAPPY lessons will take place in the official BANDHAPPY Lesson Tent and can be pre-purchased at the link above, or via cash or credit card on day-of-show. Initially, BANDHAPPY will be offering pre-sale lessons for fans via http://www.bandhappy.com/warpedtour from members of Bayside, Born of Osiris, The Streetlight Manifesto, After the Burial, Vanna, iwrestledabearonce, Impending Doom, Chelsea Grin, and many more!
BANDHAPPY representatives will be on-site outside the festival speaking with fans waiting in line and taking orders for lessons. During lessons, students will be provided with practice instruments by SJC Drums, Ernie Ball, Orange Amps, Evans Drumheads, Planet Waves, Pro-Mark Drum sticks, Mapex hardware and pedals. Also taking place in the BANDHAPPY Lesson Tent will be master class meet and greets, contests, recording of lesson footage, and more. Additionally, official Vans Warped Tour ‘Pit Reporter’ Amy Willard will be taking weekly lessons at the tent and will issue updates.
Not only a great tool for fans attending the festival, this is a great opportunity for bands to become teachers on the tour as well. Lessons can be taught in a band’s down time every day, and while this is definitely a way for them to make additional money, it’s so much more than that. Both BANDHAPPY and Vans Warped Tour will be heavily promoting BANDHAPPY and its teachers. There will be a vast amount of articles, interviews, blogs, posts, etc. about this service, and the bands who take part in it.
Bands can use BANDHAPPY to book and provide online lessons to their students with the built in video chat setup, or book private, in person lessons at home or on tour. BANDHAPPY makes this effortless and it takes the hassle out of lessons. Bands can set their own rates and schedules with the assistance of BANDHAPPY, and everything is self-contained including scheduling, payment, etc., so your info stays private and your schedule stays organized. It has never been easier to establish a dedicated network of students worldwide.
For more information on BANDHAPPY’s involvement with the Vans Warped Tour, please visit these websites: