5 bands we want to see return to Warped Tour in 2014

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With each passing day, we’re drawing closer to this summer’s Warped Tour. The last batch of lineup announcements will be coming over the next few weeks and we’re excited to see who’s on the list.

Even though we all know it’s wildly unlikely, we’ve all taken a moment to daydream about some of the past Warped greats that we’d love to see grace the stage once again. Since Fall Out Boy and Paramore are heading out on the Monumentour this summer, we know they’re out of the question, but what about some of the other big names?

We decided to take a moment to list out five bands that would make us shout with joy should they once again be announced for the Vans Warped Tour. We know, these are all long shots, but hey – we can dream, can’t we?

1. Blink-182

blink_182It’s been 13 years since Blink graced the stage at Warped, and we’re pretty sure they’d draw more fans than every other band combined if they joined the lineup this summer. Two years ago, Warped made a big push to bring back older bands in what could almost have been considered a throwback year for the tour. With this year’s lineup being so top heavy with young bands on the scene, what better band to level out the playing field between the old guard and new than Blink?

2. Saosin

saosin_anthony_greenAccording to Saosin, their upcoming reunion performance with original vocalist Anthony Green at this year’s Skate and Surf Festival will be their last. However, we can’t imagine a better way for these post-hardcore legends to go out than one last trek on Warped Tour. Can you imagine the uproar if the band were to release one final EP with Green before hitting the road on Warped as a farewell to their fans? Yeah, this needs to happen.

3. MxPx

mxpx1If pop punk legends Blink-182 were to come back, why not bring back their longtime contemporaries, MxPx? The last time these left coast rawkers were on the tour was in 2007, in which they looked just as energized and rowdy as they did on their initial run in 1998. Over two decades into their career, the MxPx fanbase is still strong and always hungry for new music and fresh performances. There’s no doubt that MxPx would add a healthy dose of punk to this year’s lineup.

4. Say Anything

say_anythingSurprisingly, Say Anything has only joined Warped Tour one time (2008). With a new album on the way, we think 2014 would be a prime time for Say Anything to make another appearance on the tour. The live performances of vocalist Max Bemis were made for large crowds and massive sing-a-longs, something every Warped main stage can provide. We’d even be up for throwing in Eisley and Merriment for a full-family Warped Tour run.

5. Circa Survive

circasurvive1What would be better than a double dose of Anthony Green on this year’s Warped Tour? If Saosin were to make the trip, we’d want to see Circa too – imagine the wild back-to-back sets these bands would perform. Circa was last on the tour in 2007 and has added a whole lot of new music to their arsenal since then, including last year’s triumphant Violent Waves.

by Kiel Hauck

kiel_hauckKiel Hauck is the editor in chief at It’s All Dead. Over the past decade, he has been a contributor for multiple online and print publications and was most recently an editor at PopMatters. Kiel currently resides in Indianapolis, IN with his wife and their imaginary pet, Hand Dog. You can follow him on Twitter.

The top 5 bands from Tooth and Nail Records

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As it turns out, there’s no right answer when you decide to write a retrospective article on the top five bands from Tooth and Nail Records. Of course, on the other side of the coin, there’s not really a wrong answer, either.

There’s an extremely good chance that if you’re a fan of today’s punk and hardcore scene, you have close ties with a band that was signed to Tooth and Nail Records. If not, it’s a near certainty that some of your favorite bands were heavily influenced by Tooth and Nail bands. The Seattle punk label has churned out more than a few prominent and influential acts over the past two decades and, for much of that time, the label itself was a trailblazer in fostering the sounds that define today’s scene.

If you’re unsure of the label’s credibility or are too young to remember their heyday, consider that we just made a list that excludes the likes of Ghoti Hook, Dogwood, The Juliana Theory, Anberlin, Mae, Squad Five-O, Project 86, As Cities Burn, Stavesacre, Copeland and many others.

It’s perfectly understandable if you disagree with our list. The good news is that the point of this piece is more of a reflection on an influential label that’s turning 20 than a definitive record that we’re stamping in stone. Feel free to share your favorite bands in the replies or share your own list with us. Without further ado, here are our five favorite Tooth and Nail bands of all time.

1. MxPx

There’s really no way around this band not landing in the top spot. Not only are they the label’s first signing, they clearly paved the way for everything that the label was to become and are one of the most important bands in pop-punk history. MxPx is a direct influence to the likes of Yellowcard, Good Charlotte, Relient K and countless other bands that came in their wake.

Whether you’re a fan of the brash and raw Pokinatcha, the seminal Life in General or the polished Secret Weapon, there’s no shortage of styles and sounds to come from the Bremerton, Wa. trio. MxPx not only put Tooth and Nail Records on the map, they shaped the future of the pop-punk genre and released some of the most noteworthy and memorable work this scene has known.

2. Underoath

There’s no denying that some will argue this placing, but consider the impact that Underoath had on the scene in the mid-2000s. The band’s masterpiece, Define the Great Line, not only destroyed the post-hardcore rulebook with its forward-thinking display, but was a commercial success, charting at number two on the Billboard 200 the week of its release.

Underoath managed to grab a stranglehold on the scene spotlight without ever losing their identity or dumbing down their sound. Instead, they forged beyond the typical expectations of the post-hardcore genre with unique recording methods, odd time signatures and an unorthodox use of electronic programming. When considering today’s post-hardcore and metalcore scene, it’s hard to argue Underoath’s impact.

3. Slick Shoes

Slick Shoes never achieved the notoriety of many of their peers, but this was not for lack of talent or gusto. Slick Shoes was the secret you had between your close friends in high school; the cool band that belonged to you. They never seemed to mind. Instead, they churned out a collection of memorable albums, such as Burn Out, Wake Up Screaming and their 2002 self-titled.

Despite their lack of fame, you can bring up the name of the band in just about any punk circle to positive reactions and recollections. In truth, Slick Shoes managed to have just about as much influence on the scene as many of their more well-known peers and did it without the flashing lights and headliner status. Honestly, that’s about as punk as it gets.

4. mewithoutYou

It’s hard to put a label on mewithoutYou’s sound. Not only has the band dabbled in a multitude of genres and sounds, but they’ve done it by adding their unique touch and thoughtfulness to each endeavor. They’re a band fueled by passion and it comes across in everything the band has ever put their hands on. mewithoutYou is the band that this scene needed.

While their debut certainly caught ears, it wasn’t until their follow-up Catch For Us the Foxes that people began to really take notice. Indeed, the band would expand their repertoire with each subsequent release, building on their quirky post-hardcore sound, laced with artful imagery and the poetic lyrics of Aaron Weiss. mewithoutYou never fit a particular mold and certainly didn’t follow the beaten path, and we’re all the better for it.

5. Strongarm/Further Seems Forever

Yes, this is clearly a cop-out. However, when four members of an influential hardcore band go on to form an equally influential emo/indie rock band, it’s worth noting. In fact, Further Seems Forever held a place at many a hardcore festival simply based on the fact that the members were deeply rooted in that community. That being said, the addition of Chris Carrabba at vocalist was obviously a game changer that pushed Further Seems Forever over the top.

Even after the band made its mark on the scene with Carrabba behind the mic, the band managed to remain solid and relevant with two other lead singers (Jason Gleason, Jon Bunch) over their next two albums. Behind both bands lies the heart of its original members and their ability to craft music across different genres while maintaining credibility and focus. Because of this, you can’t really mention Further Seems Forever without Strongarm.

by Kiel Hauck

kiel_hauckKiel Hauck is the editor in chief at It’s All Dead. Over the past decade, he has been a contributor for multiple online and print publications and was most recently an editor at PopMatters. Kiel currently resides in Indianapolis, IN with his wife and their imaginary pet, Hand Dog. You can follow him on Twitter.