I'm sore, bruised, tired, and unbelievably happy, which can only mean one thing: I won a fight! No I didn't. That was a lie. I'm sorry. I don't know why you trust me to bring you news.
I went to Warped Tour this weekend! That's better. That was the truth. We're on the path to healing.
Since I won my tickets this year (hashtag blessed) I didn't have a press pass, so please excuse the low-res iphone photos that are going to follow.
I started my day at the amphitheater that housed the Journeys and Warheads stages to see The Ready Set, and I, as usual, was a giddy little girl who was about to see one of her favorite artists. My alarm clock was "Stays Four The Same" for almost the entire second half of my Junior year of high school, so this show was, for me, four years in the making.
It's one thing for a musician to be better live than recorded. It's another entirely for them to bring an entirely new sound to their songs. The Ready Set, of course, delivers this in the transition from solo recordings by Jordan Witzigreuter (the singular true member of The Ready Set) to full live band. The songs go from sweet alternative pop to raucous, glorious, feet-off-the-ground rock that still retains the sweetness of the album.
Things got even heavier when Anberlin took the stage, as deep and raw as they could get, knowing that they have a limited amount of time to pour their souls out on stage as Anberlin. I was extra hashtag-blessed (am I horrible for using that saying in a professional article? Is this even a professional article?) to get to see them in their last year together, because somewhere down the road, I would have been cursing missing out on seeing them live while I had the chance.
I spent a few hours wandering, catching bits and pieces of different bands, eating various forms of frozen desserts, and finished up the scheduled portion of my day with Icon For Hire, another favorite that I had been jonesing to see since high school. Icon For Hire has never let me down musically, and seeing them live just raised the bar even higher. I have never been more inspired in my life to keep at it with my music and art careers. There's so much honesty in Icon For Hire's music that their set is more a call to action than anything else. It's not a 20 minute request to move, it's a full blown protest of complacency and apathy. You cant' leave an Icon For Hire show and not feel like there's a world out there that needs to be conquered by art and energy.
I didn't even cry when I met the band, so I had a great day.