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.