The folks at Vans have been even busier than usual, as this week's Warped Tour announcement includes 12 bands!
Dayshell (Full Tour)
DJ Nicola Bear (Full Tour)
For All Those Sleeping (Full Tour)
Get Scared (Full Tour)
Heart To Heart (6/13-7/13)
One OK Rock (6/13-7/6)
Pacific Dub (Full Tour)
The Summer Set (Full Tour)
Watsky (Full Tour)
Wax (Full Tour)
For those of you who'll be catching the dates between June and July 13, my pick from this announcement has to be California's Heart to Heart, who blast a mix of punk and hardcore with true blue-collar credibility and passion. Check them out here.
Influential members of the Cleveland Underground, Death of Samantha were indie darlings of the late '80s and early '90s before they called it quits, aside from the occasional reunion. It was one of these reunions that spawned If Memory Serves Us Well.
Recorded in a studio on the eve of a recent reunion, If Memory Serves Us Well is an 10-song retrospective of the band's releases, but recently re-recorded by the original lineup. The old material holds up, and bodes well for promised upcoming releases from the legendary group.
With a name that sounds like a late night infomercial, New York's 1-800-Band has a sound that's a solid reconstruction of the early days of New York punk. But rather than drawing from the most ready references, the band employs a mix of bands on the edge of punk, like Blondie, Joe Jackson and The Cars, with a liberal dose of the Ramones and Gen X thrown in.
As the deep freeze continues to grip us here in Detroit, it's little consolation to know that someday summer will be here again. But it will, and as evidence we have the announcement of five more bands being added to the 2014 Vans Warped Tour Lineup.
Alive Like Me (Full Tour)
Bowling For Soup (6/17-6/26, 7/8-7/20)
Every Time I Die (Full Tour)
Ice Nine Kills (Full Tour)
Neck Deep (Full Tour)
With pop punk from Neck Deep and Bowling for Soup, as well as hardcore from Every Time I Dies and metal from Ice Nine Kills, it's an announcement that's doing a good job of covering the bases.
This week, the folks at Warped Tour are apparently a little tired from last week's big announcement, as they're only naming four bands this week.
Parkway Drive (7/2-8/3)
TheCityShakeUp (Full Tour)
Vanna (Full Tour)
We The Kings (Full Tour)
But along with the announcement, they've also got a special Warped preview for our fellow citizens up north. On June 11, The Road To Warped show hits the Northway Festival Grounds in Anchorage, AK. This abbreviated lineup will feature All Time Low, The Devil Wears Prada, Yellowcard, 3Oh!3, Less Than Jake and Falling In Reverse performing along with a local lineup and an acoustic stage. Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 8AM
This week, the Warped Tour has gone big, naming six new bands to the 2014 tour.
Beebs And Her Money Makers (Full Tour)
Born Of Osiris (Full Tour)
Echosmith (Full Tour)
The Story So Far (Full Tour)
We Are The In Crowd (Full Tour)
Yellowcard (6/13-7/28, 7/30-8/3)
This marks Yellowcard's sixth run with the tour, giving them some serious veteran standings, but my bet is on the funky ska-fueled sound of Beebs And Her Money Makers as the band from this week's announcement that's going be delivering the summer fun.
More new out of the Black Flag camp.
On the same day that it was announced that Mike Vallely would be taking over vocal duties from Ron Reyes, bassist Dave Klein announced that he was quitting the band.
In a statement on his Facebook page, he posted, "I guess I should OFFICIALLY (puns!) say that I'm no longer playing with BF." He then directed readers to a link regarding his official return to his former band They Stay Dead. He was also recently a member of the Screeching Weasel lineup created after Ben Weasel's band left him following an incident at SXSW 2011, where he struck a few women attending the band's performance.
The first comment on his Facebook post came from Reyes, who said, "God Help their poor new bass player if they didn't have the heart to go through with their plans to turf that old drummer."
For now, no replacement has been named, which most likely means that the immediate replacement will be studio bassist Dale Nixon (Greg Ginn's alter-ego), with plans for another bassist when the band hits the road again.
This week, the Warped Tour has added five more bands to the 2014 tour.
Courage My Love (Full Tour)
Motionless In White (Full Tour)
Real Friends (Full Tour)
This Wild Life (Full Tour)
The Word Alive (Full Tour)
With Motionless in White and The Word Alive, you've got some heavy metalcore this week, softened up by the acoustic pop of This Wild Life, and revved up by the pop punk of Courage My Love and Real Friends. All in all, it's a well-rounded announcement.
Black Flag is making another go at it - again. This time it's with new frontman Mike Vallely, pro skater and former frontman for bands including Mike V and the Rats, Revolution Mother and Good for You.
Last year, the band announced a comeback with founding member Greg Ginn (and the only member of the band present in every subsequent lineup) selecting former Black Flag vocalist Ron Reyes to front the band. At the same time, another founding member, frontman Keith Morris, had his own Black Flag reunion on the road, simply called FLAG.
The member with the shortest recorded legacy, Reyes' contribution was limited to 1980's Jealous Again EP, with a large reason for his brief stint having to do with his explosive relationship with his bandmates. This explosive relationship came to a head once again shortly after the release of the band's lackluster comeback album What The . . . (the band's first record in 28 years), when Ginn fired Reyes mid-show at a performance in Australia.
Vallely, who had been managing the band at the time, is a pretty logical choice, with a legacy with the band. A few years back I interviewed him at the time of the Revolution Mother release, and he talked about the fact that not only had his first show ever been a Black Flag performance in 1984 at City Gardens in Trenton, New Jersey, but that he had also performed as a guest vocalist at a Black Flag reunion show almost 20 years later, describing the experience as "an honor."
Vallely has always been very removed from the politics and the controversies surrounding the band's legal issues as well, mentioning that he "didn't really get caught up" in the issues surrounding the reunion back then, and telling Rolling Stone that he doesn't consider the current legal actions to be his business.
Following Reyes' departure, he posted a chaotic rant on his facebook page that included the statement "I would not be surprised if Mike V becomes the new singer for Black Flag. It is my opinion that they have been planning this for some time." Whether or not this is true, it's hopefully a step forward for the legendary hardcore outfit. With a new album and tour in the works, we're hoping that Vallely will be a creative and cohesive force with the band and ensure a continuing hardcore legacy for the band.
Meet the (updated) members of Black Flag and FLAG.
This week, the Warped Tour has added five more bands to the 2014 tour.
A Lot Like Birds (6/14-7/11)
Breathe Carolina (Full Tour)
Falling In Reverse (Full Tour)
I Fight Dragons (Full Tour)
Terror (Full Tour)
This is big news for fans of Falling In Reverse, as the band dropped out of the tour last year so vocalist Ronnie Radke could spend time with his newborn child.