Kevin Lyman and his team have made the last 14 summers of our lives worth getting out of bed, skipping out of work and being glad to be alive. Since the theme of this year’s tour is all about road trips, we corralled members of various bands to share their travel memories with AP. Check out what members of GYM CLASS HEROES, HORRORPOPS, ANGELS & AIRWAVES, SAY ANYTHING, ANBERLIN, RELIENT K, NORMA JEAN and THE COLOR FRED have done to see their favorite bands. Plus: We’ve got behind the scenes info on what happens with Warped the other 10 months out of the year, and a checklist from Mr. Lyman for bands playing Warped for the first time ever. And if you’ve got an oil refinery in your backyard, we suggest you take a road trip of your own to see some of the tour’s special guests who are stopping in for a few days. Another bit of advice: Please don’t read and drive. It could get messy...
ALKALINE TRIO As they enter their second decade of service to the scene, the men of Alkaline Trio are forging ahead with a major-label deal, a renewed enthusiasm and a couple of bottles of absinthe in their carry-on bags.
METRO STATION Forget politics: The boys from the Station have discovered pop music is the stuff that brings us together.
MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE These four NYC wiseguys (and gals) have spent the past 10 years making electro-punk-metal noise solely to entertain themselves. Amassing a legion of fans who would practically kill in their name? A mere accident.
CUTE IS WHAT WE AIM FOR The band with the ugliest acronym survived defections, crippling self-doubt and the word of God. With the help of an old friend and some tough love from a polished punk producer, they’ve been able to beat the sophomore jinx.