After Beartooth, I ran off to the Hard Rock Kevin Says stage to see Rise Records band, Dangerkids. These guys and girl have a sound reminiscent of early Linkin Park, albeit with metalcore influences. Their set time put them up against Anberlin–leading to a somewhat criminally small crowd at their set began. They began with the songs “Countdown.” “We’re All In Danger,” and my favorite song by them, “Paper Thin” from their debut record Collapse. Frontmen Andy Bane and Tyler Smyth had the steadily-growing audience engaged throughout their performance, with many in the crowd singing along at every opportunity. I peeled away as the final notes to the band’s last song of the day, “Waking Up,” rang out, and headed back over to the Monster Energy stage for Every Time I Die!
Now the last time I photographed Every Time I Die was on 2012’s Vans Warped Tour–when I took two feet to the back of the head while in the photo-pit, from a crowd-surfer who, due to inattentive and really ineffective security guards, sailed over the barrier without anyone to catch him. This year I was hoping to avoid losing consciousness in the photo pit–it’s no fun and I didn’t want to miss a second of ETID’s set. The band came onto the stage and launched immediately into “Floater” off of 2003’s Hot Damn! and continued on with the tracks “Bored Stiff” and “Underwater Bimbos From Outer Space.” Every Time I Die are a band that doesn’t take themselves too seriously. Fresh off of their release of their new album, “From Parts Unknown,” the band’s soundboard on the stage bore a a spin-off of this title, labeled “Prom Farts Unknown” in large silver lettering. The only new song the band played off this release was their latest single, “Decayin’ with the Boys.” But that was fine with the audience, who eagerly took in their favorite older tracks instead. ETID wrapped up their set with the track “No Son of Mine” and I took off to see my last band of the day.
I headed back over to the Kia Soul Mainstage to catch The Ghost Inside playing to the largest crowd I’d seen all day. These guys are always a fun act to see live–I’ve seen them more times than I can count, and they still never get boring. Today was no different, and the crowd seemed very receptive to the band’s set, which featured a nice mix of songs from across the band’s discography–including a few of my personal favorites like “Faith or Forgiveness,” “The Great Unknown, and “Unspoken.” I’ve gotten used to seeing these gentlemen in smaller venues, but they owned the large stage without issue–with frontman Jonathan Vigil evoking the audience’s participation, especially during the track “Engine 45.” This was a great way to close out a phenomenal day at Vans Warped Tour! I highly recommend getting out to one of the remaining dates of the tour yourself if it’s coming to a city near you!
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