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Warped Tour: Courage My Love, Captain Capa Richie T |
08/21/2014 | Filed In: interview | warped tour | 2014 | courage my love | captain capa | meet the bands | richie t

Warped Tour: Courage My Love, Captain Capa

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, Mercedes of Courage My Love details her thrill-seeking activities, and German duo Captain Capa help us Americans understand the cool electro-punk scene happening in Germany now.

Watch the interviews and read a short write up below!

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Courage My Love

Mercedes

 

From: Ontario, Canada

--- Her Identical Twin ---

My twin sister and I – she’s in the band, she’s the drummer…Yeah we’re identical twins…We don’t look exactly alike, but I’ve had people come up to me and I’ll be like, “Oh, what’s your name?” and they’ll be kind of bummed out . They’ll be like, “We met you like half an hour ago.” And I’ll be like, “Nah dude, that wasn’t me! I promise.” --- The Band Name ---

So we went to this old repertoire theatre and we saw this 1936, Black and White, sci-fi movie called Things To Come, and it’s a line from the movie. So the movie’s kind of post-apocalypse. These parents are standing overtop of their kids, wondering what their future will hold and the father is just like, “Have courage my love,” to his wife. So we thought, that’s kind of cool. I like to think of it as a call to our generation, to our youth because a lot of problems from previous generations have fallen on to our shoulders. You have to have courage to make a difference in this world, and you have to have courage to be the change that you want to see in the world.

--- Runner-Up Band Names ---

I always wanted to be in a political punk band called Marie Antoinette…Or we were sitting in my friend’s basement, and Phoenix thought about, what about Catches like Matches. I think we were lighting matches or something. But Courage My Love stuck.

--- Thrill-Seeking ---

My boyfriend lives in Malibu, so there’s all really cool stuff to do in Malibu. Just this year, he’s been pushing me to do all that cool stuff. We’ve been surfing, we’ve been parasailing, we’re gonna go cliff diving, we’re gonna go skydiving which I’m terrified of, but it’s gonna happen…Somebody stop me! I’m going crazy over here!

EXCLUSIVE content in the audio below!

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Captain Capa

Hannes & Maik

--- Their Sound ---

Hannes: I would say basically it’s like electronic pop music. That’s the big overall wording for it, but we have lots of influences from independent music and old emo rock stuff. So it’s a really wild mixture, but it all comes together with electronic instruments.

--- How they got on Warped ---

Hannes: It came together because we grew up with music like that, we grew up with Warped music. With Taking Back Sunday, Jimmy Eat World, stuff like that. and parts of that are still in our music so I think we might be, music-wise, we might be the connecting dot between the EDM scene that’s going really crazy right now, and the kind of emo-influenced Alternative stuff that’s going on at Warped. I think we fit in here really well. That might be how we found our way

--- Self-Taught Musicians ---

Hannes: We’ve known each other since kindergarten like since really really early. Then we went to this festival together where we saw electronic bands performing for the first time, and we saw what was going on onstage, and we’re like, “This is so much different than all the punk bands we did before, and it looks like so much fun! It looks like the musicians have actually, they’re playing with stuff on stage.” We wanted to do that. We just bought ourselves some synthesizers and without any knowledge of it, we just started doing it, and it worked out so well.

--- The German Music Scene ---

Hannes: We have a strong scene of like electronic punk music going on, which is really crazy because I haven’t seen it in any other country. We have political-influenced bands that are really close to the punk rock scene but they make electronic music and that’s the scene where we kinda came out from.

Maik: I think we have a good independent scene in Germany. I like it.

Hannes: Yeah. Every band knows each other and every festival is like a family meeting.

--- Other Warped Bands They Suggest ---

Hannes: Bad Rabbits

Maik: Anberlin

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Warped Tour: For All Those Sleeping, Lost In Society, Divided Heaven Richie T |
08/20/2014 | Filed In: warped tour | 2014 | interview | meet the bands | richie t | for all those sleeping | lost in society | divided heaven

Warped Tour: For All Those Sleeping, Lost In Society, Divided Heaven

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 determine the appropirate amount of chest hair with For All Those Sleeping, how Hector of Lost In Society had a pet monkey, and Divided Heaven explains how to fangirl about bands without becoming a "punisher". 

Watch the interviews and read a short write up below!

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For All Those Sleeping

David Volgman-Stevens

From: Minnesota

We all come from a small town, went to high school together. Sartelle, Minnesota. We played a lot of barn shows and things like that…it’s great to be out here, having a blast. Couldn’t think of a better way to spend my summer.

--- The Band Name Is A Joke. Really. ---

When we were younger, a few of us were in a punk band – a horrible punk band in high school – and we hated heavy music and screaming music which we do now, so we made this joke band to play like dumb songs and stuff that were heavy, and we just made fun of it. We were like, “What’s the dumbest band name we could think of that sounds like emo and screamo? Oh, For All Those Sleeping! That’s sounds so stupid!” Then years later when we started this band, we were like, “What should we call it? Remember that name that we made up a while ago, For All Those Sleeping?” And we just stuck with it. No significance, or nothing special to me. It’s a joke, to be honest.

--- Australian Warped Tour ---

That was our first time in Australia. We weren’t sure what to expect but they love music down there. Definitely we had some amazing fans, amazing shows…I remember we had this one girl who’s a big fan of ours, she literally flew to every single show on Warped Tour, bought a ticket to every one to see us. They have some diehard fans out there. Definitely a great place to play and a great first tour in Australia. Can’t wait to go back.

--- Fan Tattoos ---

We have people everyday that have our lyrics tattooed on them or stuff like that. Even further than that, what kids are liking to do now is they actually have you write down the lyrics that they want in your handwriting. I write a lot of our lyrics so I’ll write it down, and I have horrible handwriting and the kid’s like, “Cool! I’m getting this tattooed on me!” Then I’ll see them 6 months later on tour, and they’ll have my handwriting tattooed on them. It blows my mind ‘cuz it looks horrible a lot of times because I have horrible handwriting, but I try to tell them just get the lyrics done by an artist; have them look cool. But it means a lot to them.

--- Other Warped Tour Bands They Suggest

The Summerset, The Protomen

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Lost In Society

Zach and Hector

--- Moving from Brazil to the U.S. ---

Hector: My family immigrated to the states when I was 10 years-old and I was always in to music. I played the violin and the piano when I was back home – back in Brazil. When I moved here, I started playing drums at 14. I met these guys, and we’ve been together for about 6 years.

--- Pets… ---

Hector: I had a monkey when I was in Brazil…A little spider monkey and his name was monkey.

--- Warped Tour ---

Zach: It’s weird because we just hopped on a week and a half ago so we’re still ready to go. Hector: We can go for another 3 weeks man! Zach: But everyone’s like done with it. And we’re like, “Come on let’s go! Let’s have fun!”

--- Sitting On a New Record ---

Zach: We have a 28 hour drive back to New Jersey from Denver, and then this summer we’re laying low a little bit, in the fall we’re gonna do some regional stuff. And then we’re going to Europe in March. We’re setting on a brand new record right now. We’re searching for labels…We really wanna take our time with this one and find the right way to put it out and the right people who really want to work 

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Divided Heaven

Jeff

From: Pennsylvania

--- The Band Name ---

It was a book and a film by Christa Wolf who is a German author. I read the book while I was studying in Berlin in 2003 during a study abroad thing. The book was about a love story that was happening as the Berlin Wall was being erected – the guy wanted to go to the West, the girl wanted to stay in the East. I liked the idea of heaven – the word – being used in a secular context, so I stole the name. And the url DividedHeaven.com.

--- Abroad in Berlin ---

I was playing in a number of different bands. I left them all, just temporarily (in D.C., in Philly and on the East Coast) to go study for 5 months, and it was the first time that I was ever just a full-time student with no job, no band, no extracurricular stuff. I had my guitar with me, so I would just write songs, and that was the first time where I really started to write songs that didn’t fit the mold of any of the bands I was playing in. I just decided to start doing a solo project then. It wasn’t until really 2009 when it came to fruition, but the idea was borne in Berlin.

--- Warped Tour Tips: Don’t Be A Punisher ---

You will get sunburned, so you have to lather up. You will get dehydrated so you need to drink water constantly. You can’t be a punisher, meaning you can’t go up to bands, “OH MAN I LOVE YOUR BAND AHHHHH!”…You can’t really do that. You have to be a little more tactful than that, and you just can’t be a naïve jerk. If you get invited to play Warped Tour, you’re expected to carry yourself with a certain amount of dignity and respect, and a certain amount of – you should know what’s going on. You can’t be dumb.

--- The Warped Band He Fangirls Over ---

Saves The Day changed my life. Chris Connelly, their main songwriter, is probably my favorite songwriter beside John Lennon. Lyrically, he’s a tremendous guitar player too. But every record that that band has done has sounded completely different, and they’ve always been progressing. I think that says a lot for a band that’s under the punk and hardcore umbrella; it’s really easy to do the same thing over and over and over again. They’ve always pushed the limits: sometimes they’ve gotten a little weird, and sometimes they’ve brought it back to the roots. I met him the other night, and I didn’t have a freak out moment on the outside, but on the inside…He and I met in Pennsylvania in the late 90’s. Forever ago. He didn’t remember me, I didn’t expect him to remember me. So definitely Saves The Day. I came close to freaking out, but I didn’t do it.

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Warped Tour: The Ready Set, We Are The In Crowd, Crown The Empire Richie T |
08/14/2014 | Filed In: Riche T | x96 | interview | Meet The Bands | Crown The Empire | We Are The In Crowd | Vans Warped Tour

Warped Tour: The Ready Set, We Are The In Crowd, Crown The Empire

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!

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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.

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We Are The In Crowd

Tay Jardine

--- 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.

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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.  

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Warped Tour: The Maine, Less Than Jake, The Protomen Richie T |
08/13/2014 | Filed In: Riche T | x96 | interview | Meet The Bands | The Maine | Less Than Jake | The Protomen | Vans Warped Tour

Warped Tour: The Maine, Less Than Jake, The Protomen

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!

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The Maine

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.

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Less Than Jake

Roger Lima

--- 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'.

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The Protomen

--- 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.

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Warped Tour 1: Echosmith & Sea Swallowed Us Whole Richie T |
08/04/2014 | Filed In: warped tour | 2014 | echosmith | sea swallowed us whole | meet the bands | richie t steadman

Warped Tour 1: Echosmith & Sea Swallowed Us Whole

This 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'll be 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! 

Our first installment includes Echosmith - the family band behind the summer hit "Cool Kids", and local Warped Tour competition winners Sea Swallowed Us Whole. Clips of the interviews are below. 

Head over to MeetTheBands.com to see the full interviews!

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Echosmith

— This ain’t your typical family road trip —

Jamie: I think people get in their mind the idea of a family road trip, like what we’re doing is an endless family road trip. The big difference for us is that we’re all working and we’re not just being forced to be in a car together. We’re all doing it by choice and working towards a common goal, so it’s a different aspect than being on a 2-year road trip. We’re all actually working. When we’re all working, we’re all working together. When we all want to relax, we’re all relaxing together.

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Sea Swallowed Us Whole

— Inspiration from the Provo Music Scene —

Chris: We recorded our last EP – the one that’s coming out on August 16 – we recorded it with our producer, Stetson Whitworth, and he’s actually pretty good friends with Quinn [from The Used]…So I have actually gotten a few chances where Quinn’s been in the studio – cuz they’re friends – and he’s sat down with me a few times and honestly has inspired me, in terms of being a musician. Especially coming from Utah, he helped realize that Utah bands can make it. You just have to be The Used or better.

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