A sweaty day of punk rock all-stars on Long Island
"This song is about my absolute hatred of rock'n'roll and sunshine together," said Dillinger Escape Plan frontman Greg Puciato (pictured) at one point during his band's blistering (get it?) set. Dude, it's Warped Tour and you're wearing black! See, no matter how many years Warped Tour runs (this is number 16), some things never change. To wit: About a hundred punk bands get together in a parking lot/stadium, rock out for nine hours under torturous conditions, promoters jack up water prices to $5, thousands of kids show up in "funny" t-shirts, everyone inevitably misses about half the bands they want to see because of the ever-rotating start times and we all leave feeling kind of gross and vowing never to repeat that experience...until next year. Rinse and repeat
This year's show, which took place Saturday next to Nassau Coliseum, featured a nice mix of old and new punk, some local stand-outs (Dillinger, Andrew W.K., The Casualties), and enough good vibes to make us forgive the mild case of sun poisoning we experienced later on. Read on for interviews with Bring Me the Horizon, Motion City Soundtrack and Suicide Silence, as well as show reviews of The Summer Set, Alkaline Trio, Fake Problems, Set Your Goals, Face to Face, Dillinger Escape Plan, The Casualties, The Swellers, Mike Posner, Andrew WK, Enter Shikari and Bring Me the Horizon, among others. Yeah, we missed a few dozen bands there. We'll catch 'em in year 17.--Text by Kirk Miller. Photos by Natasha Ryan.