A few weeks ago at Vans Warped Tour, Richie T and his team of expert producers recorded 5 straight hours of interviews - that's around 25 artists FYI. Over the past few weeks, we've been releasing videos of these interviews on the daily: bands like Less Than Jake, Real Friends, The Maine, Anberlin, and tons more!
In today's installment, we have trendsetter Jordan of The Ready Set, triplet Tay from We Are The In Crowd, and well-coiffed bros Dave and Bennett from Crown The Empire.
Listen to the interviews and read a short write up below!
The Ready Set
Jordan of The Ready Set showed up at our Warped Tour tent in a gentlemanly hat and Jackie O glasses to talk to us about other Warped bands we should know, his upcoming headlining tour, and then Richie turns travel agent to give Jordan tips on how to vacation in Maui.
From: Fort Wayne, Indiana
--- His Second Warped Tour ---
We did it in 2011, first time...2011 was cool, but this time I think is better because I kinda knew what I was in for with it. In 2011 it was a lot more, much much heavier bands, and I lean more on the pop side a little bit. Now I think we’ve got much more of an overlap with friends of ours like We Are The In Crowd, The Maine, Mayday Parade, Breathe Carolina, and bands like that where I think we share somewhat of a similar fan base. We’ve been having better crowds, it’s just been a great time. I love It.
--- Warped Bands we should check out ---
The coolest thing to me about the tour this year specifically is a band called Saves The Day is on our stage which, that’s one of my favorite bands. I have a Saves The Day tattoo, in fact. So that’s my absolute favorite band to watch…We have some friends in a band called Air Dubai who I don’t think they’ve done [Warped] before…They’re the nicest dudes and they usually play a little bit before or after us every day, so we have a similar set time. I get to catch they’re set a lot and it’s really great.
--- Upcoming Headlining Tour ---
After tomorrow, heading home for a little bit, gonna film a couple music videos, then doing a headlining tour in the fall which coincidentally starts here in Salt Lake City. It’s October 26 is the first day of it.
--- Vacation Plans ---
Well my first plan of business is to hang out with my dog and cat for a bit, ya know just chill with them. And then I think I’m gonna go on a vacation…I’m gonna go to Hawaii, just kick it for a little bit. I’m going to Maui. Taking in the scene, I’ve never been there before. I haven’t gone on a vacation since I started The Ready Set.
We Are The In Crowd
--- The Band Name ---
We were originally called The In Crowd, which was just another bad name. We made it longer because we had a copyright issue with a band from Jamaica who decided to go on a reunion tour, they’re like a band from the 70’s. So when our band started in 2009 we were trying to get the rights to the name and they said no.
--- Being on Warped Tour for the third time ---
This has been the easiest Warped Tour for us, and I think just because of experience. Everyone knows what their role is, because each tour is different whether it be a club tour or a festival tour or traveling overseas or whatever it is, we all try to help ourselves stay sane. But here, here it’s so different because it’s like – there’s a routine every day, to the point where you eat at the same time, the exact same time every single day. Catering’s only from 12 to 2, I don’t know, you just get used to it. We’re so used to the people on the tour and it’s just nice to know the ropes. It’s comfortable at this point.
--- What’s coming next ---
We have a couple weeks off and then we’re going off in the Philippines with some of the bands that are on the tour actually. I think The Summer Set is on our date, and so is Echosmith, so that will be cool. And then we’re home for most of September and we have a really exciting Fall tour that’s coming up that’s not announced yet.
Crown The Empire
Bennett & Dave from Crown The Empire talk about how Dave came to be the band barber, what they’re favorite pizza toppings are, how they stay in shape on the tour, and where they’re off to after Warped Tour.
--- Dave the Band Barber ---
Dave: Honestly, our drummer one day needed a haircut really bad and I was like, “Dude, I think I can do it,” and I had a little kit. I just tried it and then he was like, “It’s really not bad!” So I just did it every time and I was like, “Ok I’m getting better at this!” So I just tried it with everyone else like, let me cut your hair. I’ve cut tons of hair now and I’ve just gotten way better at it over time.
Bennett: He does a great job.
--- The Band Name ---
Dave: At the time it was totally random. It kind of developed a meaning throughout our career. But at the beginning they came up with it – our guitarist and bass players right now. They’re the original members of the band.
Bennett: In the garage where they started the band, they were just chillin and they had a big list of [band] names. We have bunch of bad ones that we talk about all the time. One of them was “Strawberry Centrefold”. Neither of us were in the band at the time, thank God.
Dave: Yeah we didn’t have any of these ideas.
Bennett: “Laying in Circles”, “A Tree Without”.
Dave: “Purple Is Grape”.
Bennett: We could’ve been Purple Is Grape. That could’ve been real life.
--- Staying in shape on tour ---
Dave: Not gonna lie, It is the hardest thing in the world to make yourself do it ‘cuz when you’re out on tour like this – especially with the heat and everything like that – you’re exhausted from just you’re day in general and what you have to do. But we take the time out of every single day to work out. We make sure we lift weights and do cardio.
Bennett: We get really creative with the certain exercises we do.
Dave: An hour and a half every day.
--- Latest Album – The Resistance: Rise of the Runaways ---
We actually just released our album. It’s called The Resistance: Rise of the Runaways. It’s a concept album it’s got a whole story behind it that would take forever if I got too deep in to it.
Last Saturday at Vans Warped Tour, Richie T and his team of expert producers recorded 5 straight hours of interviews - that's around 25 artists FYI. Over the next few weeks, we've been releasing videos of these interviews on the daily: bands like Less Than Jake, Real Friends, We Are The In Crowd, The Ready Set and tons more!
In today's installment, we have The Maine who explain why they have about 80 pairs of socks on tour with them currently, Warped royalty Roger from Less Than Jake, and the painted faces behind The Protomen.
Listen to the interviews and read a short write up below!
Pat & Kennedy
From: Phoenix, Arizona
--- Staying Clean on Warped Tour ---
Kennedy: It’s that pack of like 8 shirts from Walmart. Seriously. I just wear then until they’re gross, then I cut the sleeves off ‘em, wear them as a tank then…
Pat: In the trash
Richie: Is that what you do as well, Pat?
Kennedy: He’s been wearing that shirt for a month
Pat: I took a shower last night so, I’m uh not doing bad. [Smells his pits] It’s alright.
Kennedy: It’s very much like that. I feel like on this tour especially, you feel like you’re on a campground every single day. You’re kind of away from the general society. For us, this last part of the tour has been a lot of shows in a row. We did ten shows right before our day off yesterday. So yesterday we felt almost like culture shock just being back in a normal city and walking around and doing stuff.
--- Ecstatic Fans ---
Pat: Honestly for us, just having people that support what we do as a band is exciting. So the fact that they’re energized and they’re excited to tell their friends about our band, I mean, you couldn’t ask for a better group of fans. … Pat: There’s honestly like so many things they know and they find out about us. Just thinks that somehow become a thing. Like I’ve probably gotten 80 pairs of socks on this tour, all from fans. [Shows Richie his shark socks.]
Richie: Oh those are killer!
Pat: Yeah they’re acutlaly killer.
Richie: Yeah they’re killer sharks.
Pat: I’ve probably gotten close to 80 pairs just on this tour and it just kind of became a thing. I’ve never said bring me socks. And actually just before I came over here, I was hanging out at the merch table and a girl handed me a big with 15 pairs of funky socks.
--- New Music in 2015 ---
Pat: We’re going out in to the middle of the desert probably in November of this year and we’re gonna record a new record, and it’ll be out in some point in 2015…It’s actually this crazy looking house. It’s like a giant dome. And we’re gonna get all the good vibes we can.
Kennedy: It’s a space ship. The aliens built it.
Less Than Jake
--- New Generation of Fans ---
We're around 22 years right now, it's crazy man. We have parents bringing their kids out and being like 'I saw you guys play when I was twenty and now I'm bringing my ten year old daughter to come see you guys play' and you're like wow, it's become a generational thing. It's mind-blowing.
--- Being on Warped Tour Again ---
Honestly, it's Kevin Lyman. We've had a great relationship with him for a really long time. When this tour started, it was really punk rock at it's core. All the production and all the people working this tour we've known for years, we're friends with them. It's a very comfortable place for us to be, this is easy. We understand what's going on out here, it's good to have some perks after being out here for so long. It's a great tour to do. Who knows, music has changed so much, there's not really a lot of punk rock out here. A lot of the bands are more modern and more screaming and what have you, but that's what the kids are listening to. Warped Tour morphs pretty quickly. Who knows if we'll ever been here again but this year, actually it's been a blast. There's been some bands out here that, I never really got to see The Story So Far before they're a great band live. A band called Four Years Strong, that I'd only heard a couple songs of but I've been watching them all summer, blowing me away. Even for me, I've been out here a long time, there's still stuff to discover, it's still a good time.
--- Keeping the Shows Interesting ---
We try to mix it up. We're known for our stuff that came out in the late 90's and that's cool. We're still making records, we put out with a record last year, we still put out singles, we have a single out right now. And just kind of being interesting with merch and with playing new shows and new possibilities. For example, we're going to go play in Russia right after the Warped Tour and we've never been there before, been a band for twenty two years and that's never happened. So, there's still new discoveries to be made and to us it's still an adventure.
--- Giving Advice to Other Bands ---
Sometimes you become friends with some younger bands and then you find yourself holding court a little bit, giving some ideas or what you went through or some opinions and stuff. But it's funny because we're towards the end of the tour and now is where a lot of these guys in younger bands are like 'man, I've been scared to talk to you the whole tour but I listened to your record when I was in Jr. High'.
--- Full make up ---
I wash it off and it's still there five days later.
--- Band name ---
It's actually a play on the character Proto Man from a video game from 1987-ish. It was a game called Mega Man, you remember it, really good game with a sweet soundtrack. We basically just took that game idea, the story of that, and said eh, we can make that story a lot meaner and make it more like Escape From New York or Mad Max. Kind of make the whole thing an anti-hero tough epic, sweet update of that story line. We just kind of did that with music.
--- Band history ---
Our first song was written in 2003, and the next year we played the first show. So I guess technically, [we've been together] since 2004, then we started touring in 2006. Our first tour was from Nashville to Los Angeles, it was a dumb, dumb idea. Just straight from Nashville let's not do any cities in between, let's paint our faces and just start driving to L.A., smart. And our bus blew up on the way.