Vans Warped Tour 2017: Phoenix, Arizona

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The Vans Warped Tour. Twenty-Three years of a traveling road show that showcases a plethora of bands. Some people thumb their nose up as it being full of emo wannabes or full of bands no one has heard before. But those people ignore the fact that this is an institution. Twenty-three successive years of promoting hundreds of bands on a full summer tour. It’s pretty much the longest most successful American festival; it rivals the festivals in Europe. Continue reading

2017 Vans Warped Tour Lineup Announced, Tickets On Sale

The 2017 Vans Warped Tour was announced at their annual event at Full Sail University in Florida. CKY, Hatebreed, Hawthorne Heights, I Prevail, Beartooth, Sick Of It All, Candiria, Anti Flag, GWAR, Memphis May Fire and more will perform. Tickets are on sale now for all dates with the full confirmed line-up and other info below.
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Every Important Record Store Day Black Friday Release For Rock And Metal Fans

 

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Record Store Day continues to help lend support to small businesses and local music stores that keep the experience of artist discovery alive every April and November.Today’s  Record Store Day Black Friday event will see releases from across rock, metal, punk, indie and pop music this year. More details and a full shopping list for the discerning fan can be found below: Continue reading

Record Store Day Black Friday Releases Include Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Anthrax, Iron Maiden, Faith No More

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Record Store Day continues to help lend support to small businesses and local music stores that keep the experience of artist discovery alive every April and November. The upcoming Record Store Day Black Friday event will see releases from across rock, metal, punk, indie and pop music this year. More details below: Continue reading

Video: Andy Black Of Black Veil Brides Teases New Video, Announces Solo Headline Tour

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Andy Black, the solo performing alter-ego of Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack, has announced his début headline tour of the USA. He announced the tour with a teaser for his forthcoming new video for the track ‘ a teaser for his ‘We Don’t Have To Dance’ on his Instagram account. You can see at this link or below:

 


Andy Black Solo Headline US Tour:

May 23: Baltimore Soundstage- Baltimore, MD

May 24: Brighton Music Hall- Allston, MA

May 25: Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA

May 27: Highline Ballroom – New York, NY

May 28: GameChangerWorld – Freehold, NJ

May 29: The NorVa – Norfolk, VA

May 31: Arizona Pete’s – Greensboro, NC

Jun 01: The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

Jun 03: State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL

Jun 04: The Social – Orlando, FL

Jun 06: Trees – Dallas, TX

Jun 07: The Rock Box – San Antonio, TX

Jun 08: Warehouse Live – Houston, TX

Jun 10: Slowdown – Omaha, NE

Jun 11: Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN

Jun 13: Agora – Cleveland, OH

Jun 14: Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA

Jun 15: The Opera House- Toronto, ON

Jun 17: The Crofoot- Pontiac, MI

Jun 18: Bottom Lounge- Chicago, IL

Jun 19: Liberty Hall- Lawrence, KS

Jun 21: Bluebird Theater- Denver, CO

Jun 22: The Complex- Salt Lake City, UT

Jun 24: The Showbox- Seattle, WA

Jun 25: Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR

Jun 27: The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA

Jun 28: Social Hall SF – San Francisco, CA

Jun 30: Observatory North Park – San Diego, CA

Jul 01: Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ

Jul 02: El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA

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A Masked Apocalypse: Drama Club

Drama Club. Photo Credit: Tara Dettman

Drama Club. Photo Credit: Tara Dettman

This year’s Vans Warped Tour has introduced a number of new faces to the music world and each has their own story behind their musical journey. For the mysterious masked duo only known as Drama Club, their story is just as adventurous as their music. Audiences have been introduced to songs like “Fuk It” and “Maniac,” and winning over unexpected fans along the way.

The duo known as Zero and Andromeda have kept a relatively low profile and circulated around playing house parties until being discovered by Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack.

Zero explains how it all went down. “We were just kickin it, making remixes and playing house parties and DJing house music. We did this remix of Andy Biersack/Andy Black “They Don’t Need To Understand” and people liked it and he liked it, and then all of sudden we were on a world tour with the Black Veil Brides. We kept doing house music, which we still do and love. They told us ‘you should make an album. These kids like what you’re doing.’ We said ‘fuck! We’re going to make an album.’ So we made an album.

Then they said ‘you need to do Warped Tour so you can tell kids about your album.’ So we said ‘fuck!’ So here we fucking are.

Zero of Drama Club. Photo Credit: Tara Dettman

Zero of Drama Club. Photo Credit: Tara Dettman

After bonding with Biersack, the duo were invited to take part on the Black Mass Tour in the UK and the first leg of their North American tour. While on that tour Drama Club gave fans a stripped down DJ set, they have since built up their music to accommodate more of a live format.

That’s more DJ ing. We’re doing a little more performance here – a little more instrumentation and stuff. As the tour goes on, some of our buddies like Ryan Seaman [drummer] from Falling In Reverse and CC [Christian Coma] from Black Veil Brides are gonna sit in and play drums. They’re gonna build it. There’s so many crazy motherfuckers around here and we’ll build something crazy,” explained Zero.

Andromeda of Drama Club. Photo Credit: Tara Dettman

Andromeda of Drama Club. Photo Credit: Tara Dettman

While audiences got tastes of both the DJ and the live sets, Andromeda explained that their setup is a mixture of both, without being pigeonholed into either format.

We’re kind of like a hybrid thing. We started off DJing and then we’re like we know how to play instruments as well. We’re trying different things. Sometimes one of us will be DJing and the other one will be singing. Sometimes one of us will be playing keyboards and the other will be playing drums. [It’s kinda like] whatever works.

We don’t really want to define it, because it makes it more fun that way,” added Zero. “But obviously as we grow, we can build and add to it. Right now it’s small. We’re giving birth.

Today will be the same, but again it’s like…we have our heat. We bring our heat. We add our spice around it. It’s all good.

Andromeda of Drama Club. Photo Credit: Tara Dettman

Andromeda of Drama Club. Photo Credit: Tara Dettman

Drama Club have dropped their self titled new EP titled Neon Apocalypse during the Vans Warped Tour and have been giving curious fans a taste of their sound. They spent the summer on the Beatport Stage and showcasing what they are about.

It’s independently released. It’s not super heavy but it’s sexy. You like girls and like crazy heavy shit – you’ll dig it. But it’s not metal. But girls like it. So I don’t know man. I like to go where the girls are and get heavy.

It’s sick, it’s punk rock. It’s got middle fingers but we’re not trying to be Slayer. I love Attila but we’re not gonna try to go out and be them. We’re gonna drop beats on your face.

Drama Club. Photo Credit: Rei Nishimoto

Drama Club. Photo Credit: Rei Nishimoto

While Drama Club has been slowly working their music into the club and electronic music circuit, they have swayed away from the EDM tag and instead continue to experiment with their eclectic sound.

I don’t think so. I mean fair is fair but I’d say we’re an electronic act and we DJ house music and we love all sorts of electronic music and we love instruments. We love being in bands,” said Zero.

Roof top pool parties. You can’t beat it,” said Andromeda.

It’s just craziness. You have to see it and live with it. It’s been an interesting one for us because it’s not easily definable. Eventually people will start to define it themselves and will know what it is. Right now we don’t even care. We’re just rockin it. Just comin in hot!,” added Zero.

Drama Club. Photo Credit: Rei Nishimoto

Drama Club. Photo Credit: Rei Nishimoto

As for future collaborations, The Drama Club will be looking for future collaborations, and possibly with fellow Warped Tour tour mates on future recordings. They both share their ideas on who they have on their minds.

Everybody. Anybody on this tour that’s badass and anybody’s kickin ass,” said Zero.

We have a recording studio with us wherever we go. We’ll be high jacking people…,” said Andromeda.

Zero summed it up best, “I’d like to get Attila, Riff Raff and Drama Club together. How about that? That would be some tight shit.

By Rei Nishimoto