I like posted this a few days ago with the intention of re-blogging it and finishing it, but I accidentally deleted it completely and now have to start from scratch again. Instead of typing paragraphs, I will do a play-by-play with to-the-minute estimates. Enjoy.
9:03: My friend and I road trip from Redondo Beach to Ventura. We wanted to leave at 8:30. We also stopped at 2 banks and a Target on the way. Bad timing.
10:45: We arrive in Ventura.
11:55: We park. We only paid $5 for parking, which was super awesome. Less than the parking structure that was a good half-mile away.
12:05: Decide to go and see MC Lars first, and I immediately break from my friends to see the last 16 seconds of The Sheds’ set.
12:13: Went to the stage and decided not to wait until 12:35. Walked around and checked out some booths. Bought the new Set Your Goals vinyl, and had a nice chat with a dude at the A Day to Remember tent. So many shirts, OMGOMG
12:34: On the way back to the stage, saw another band that I wish I had waited to see more of, Lionize. I will catch them in Carson.
12:36: Watched MC Lars and Weerd Science. Never heard of Weerd Science before, but he was awesome. MC Lars has lost weight and grown hair on his face. Set is awesome.
1:10: I tell my friends I will meet them at the stage The Aggrolites are playing on, because I want to go watch this band Sharks that my friend told me about.
1:18: I arrive at Sharks’ stage and watch the rest of their set. I am blown away and become a fan on the spot.
1:35: I arrive to see The Aggrolites. They always put on an amazing show. I feel the music deep down in my soul and it is good.
2:00: I decide to get in line to meet A Day to Remember. I get to the line and apparently you need an Alternative Press pass or some such bullshit. The main point is that they were not accepting any more passes. Well fuck.
2:04: I head to the MC Lars tent to say hello. He remembers me! He’s a cool guy. My friend sees me and comes up. We talk for a bit. I fist bump Lars probably a billion times. I buy some patches. Lars says he will buy us a shirt. He doesn’t, but that’s ok. We mention our band to him and say we hope to play with him one day. He also says that.
2:32: We decide to head over to the KIA tent to meet Less Than Jake. Tent is right across from the TRUTH truck. They are having music based trivia for prizes. They say whoever names the song and artist gets a shirt. They play “Jen Doesn’t Like Me Anymore” by Less Than Jake. I laugh and then raise my hand when I see that no one is volunteering. A girl comes up with a microphone. Here’s the exchange:
Truck dude: Name the artist, album, and song.
Me: Less Than Jake, Pezcore, Jen Doesn’t Like Me Anymore.
Truck dude: What did you say the album was?
Truck dude: Sorry, it was actually on Losing Streak.
Me: But it was on Pezcore first.
Truck dude: That’s absolutely right! You get two shirts!
All this while still in line for Less Than Jake, hahaha. I say hello to all of them, they all like my shirt (Juicebox Clothing 4LYFE), and they sign my copy of their new EP. Tazy Phillips from Ska Parade comes over and asks if he can take a picture of us with Less Than Jake. We ask and they are nice and say yes. After Tazy leaves, my friend and I talk about how it was Tazy who asked, and he’s pretty well known in the ska community.
2:45: We head over to the Slurpee truck to get free samples. They taste oh so good.
2:50: We see some more friends and talk to them for a bit. One is going to help us record our EP/demo thing. He interrogates as to when that’s gonna happen. His girlfriend says it will happen eventually and that he should stop being so pushy. My friend and I agree. I tell them that I’m going to try and ruin Attack Attack!’s set by walking around like a crab. My friend won’t hold my vinyl, so I can’t really do it anyway.
3:00: I watch the first 1 and 1/2 songs of Attack Attack!’s set. I confirm my thoughts on not becoming a fan.
3:12: I wander around until I find my friend Mondo, and we talk about Attack Attack!. He says they apparently have a new singer, because he had to do interviews with them as part of his job. I confirm this because I’ve seen one of their music videos. We head back to the main stage and shake our heads. We split and plan to meet when The Wonder Years perform.
3:30: I decide to grab the snacks out of my bag and have lunch. I sit in one place, then I move to another place. In this time, I lost my Set Your Goals vinyl. I go back to their tent and try my best to see if I can get a new one. He offers it for $10 instead of $15, but I can’t spend that money at this point. I’m sad.
3:45: I go to the stage that The Wonder Years will be playing at and wait. I notice Unwritten Law is playing at the stage next to the one I’m at. They seem alright.
4:00: The Wonder Years start. I am super pumped and ready to feel positive because I lost my vinyl. I pump my fists downward. I accidentally hit myself in the crotch. I leave 3 minutes into their set because I now have to pee really bad. There’s a funny ad for clothing and piercing accessories in the porto-potty. I go back to The Wonder Years and feel positive. They rule hardcore.
4:35: Two bands I really want to see, Less Than Jake and Big D and the Kids Table, are performing very close to each other. I decide to see Less Than Jake at the main stage for their full set.
4:55: I accept that although I lost my vinyl, I wouldn’t have been able to carry it and enjoy the performances at the same time. I feel better about it.
5:00: Less Than Jake comes on to the People’s Court theme. I laugh. A good amount of the crowd up front is not as into them as I am. I don’t care, it’s Less Than Jake. They play a grand array of songs and I am happy. They bring a girl onstage and give her a mohawk. They play Animaniacs and Spongebob Squarepants, from their TV/EP. The people not into them accept them. Cool.
5:30: I stay at the main stage to watch Against Me!. I have never seen them before, but they are great. The crowd up front is not really into them. I am, and so is everybody behind me. I get into a verbal altercation with a douchebag. I stop paying attention to him, and he stops being a douche. I win!
5:45: I text my friend Ben who has a photo pass, saying I need water. He says to wave my arms when I see him.
5:50: I find out that a guy standing next to me might have a broken arm and is extremely drunk. It looks more like a dislocated shoulder. I tell him 1,400 times that he should leave and get help for it. He is right next to me, but doesn’t acknowledge. He definitely is drunk. Me and another guy make fun of a mole with hairs coming out of it on the back of his neck.
5:55: Ben sees me and throws me a bottle of water. I drink half of it. I feel I am now ready for A Day to Remember.
6:00: A Day to Remember comes on. I lose my shit. They are one of the most amazing live bands I have seen, no joke. Go look up “a day to remember” and you’ll see what the stage looked like. I point and sing at their bassist, Josh, and he acknowledges me. I feel so good. My death scream has never sounded so good. They play Heartless, the first song from their first album. I can’t believe it, it’s my favorite song. I am so happy. Jeremy, the singer, opens the pit up at the end of Heartless and and tells the drummer, Alex, to bring the beat back. During that time, I wander around the open pit area in a daze. I later liken my mindset to a lion hunting for prey.
6:45: I meet my friends at the Big D tent. My body, especially my ankles, is in much pain and anguish. I look like I just walked through a war. I watch the end of the Street Dogs set with them.
7:00: I talk to my friends about the craziness of the day. My buddy Ben says, and I quote, “A Day to Remember is fucking amazing.” He shows me pictures he got up front. I tell him that he did an amazing job. I tell my friend that I came with about how I felt during ADTR’s set. He is surprised and confused.
7:08: I go to The Wonder Years tent and meet some of them. I tell them all how good of a set it was. They are the nicest people. I am glad. I buy a vinyl of their album The Upsides, and I get it signed by 4 of them. I talk to one of the guitarists about his Four Year Strong shirt, and how I saw them both in San Francisco when I lived up north. We talk about the process behind writing their newest album.
7:18: I go back to my friends and sit down behind a sound booth. I keep asking everyone I know for liquid refreshment. I see a pile of ice next to a tent about to be broken down. I notice a can atop that pile of ice. I walk over and it is an unopened can of Hansen’s soda. I take it. I drink it. It tastes so amazing for the 30 seconds I have it. Somebody gives me a water bottle.
7:30: I look around and realize my vinyl of Less Than Jake’s TV/EP is missing. Not again!
7:31: I head back to The Wonder Years tent, and it’s resting on the table. They said they were gonna send a tweet about it, and they are glad I came back. I thank them, though I don’t need to.
8:22: I get a text from a concert friend, Maddie, who I had been trying to get in contact with all day. She tells me to meet her at the Advent Stage.
8:23: I don’t know where the Advent Stage is.
8:27: I walk to the opposite end of the park near the Ernie Ball Stage. I think of how I’ve been to every stage today at some point. I am confused. I ask someone where it is, and they say on the opposite side near the entrance.
8:32: I see someone planking in the pit during The Devil Wears Prada’s set. I laugh.
8:34: I arrive at the Advent Stage. I can’t find her.
8:35: I get a call from her, and she says for me to do a 180° turn. I see her.
8:36: We say hi and talk a lot. We recount each other’s happenings of the day, and talk about my band. She is super awesome. She tells me I remind her of Seth Rogen. I congratulate her on being the 1,293,455th person to tell me that. More of her friends come over, and she has to leave. We both agree that despite living far from each other, we will hang out soon.
8:52: I head back to the Big D booth only to find that it’s not there. I call my friend to see where he is. He says he’s by the porto-potties at the front. I spend the next 15 minutes trying to figure out where that is.
9:10: We finally find each other after a series of calls that don’t help. We walk back to my car.
9:15: We get to about 70 yards away from my car, and he offers to drive it to me. I give him the keys and instruct him how to turn it on (it’s a Prius).
9:16: He arrives at my car.
9:18: My car turns on.
9:19: My car begins to back up and turn towards me.
Still 9:19: He arrives and we switch seats. He says where to meet up with our friends for some dinner.
9:36: We get out of the long line of cars and begin finding this place.
9:43: We find the place and go inside. None of our friends are there. I request for him to wait while I get a glass of water and go to the bathroom.
9:47: I walk outside and he’s talking to someone I don’t know. I find out that he’s a promoter and works within the ska scene. That’s cool. When he leaves, my friend tells me all about him. He then tells me that all our friends are at a Little Caesar’s.
9:55: We arrive at the Little Caesar’s. It is closed, but our friends are on the curb waiting for their order.
10:05: We get the pizzas. I eat barely taking moments to breath.
10:24: Before leaving, I text Maddie telling her to have a good night and that she is awesome.
10:25: My friend and I leave the Little Caesar’s parking lot. We get on the freeway for two minutes and pull off to get drinks at McDonald’s. We get back on the freeway at around 10:32.
11:00: I need to go to the bathroom real bad. My friend says, “Good luck.”
11:06: We manage to find a Denny’s. I park and slowly walk in.
11:20: I exit the Denny’s. My friend tells me he’s really cold when I get back in the car. I apologize to him.
11:55: He tells me he really needs to go to the bathroom. We pull off the freeway in Westwood and begin searching for the Denny’s that is hardest to find in Los Angeles.
12:07: We find the Denny’s.
12:35: We arrive at my house. My friend and I part ways. Our day at Warped is over.