Check out our interview with rock band, Electric Touch. We posted their video for “Don’t Stop” not too long ago and have been in love ever since. The guys tell us about their new album Never Look Back that comes out on March 20th (pre-order here), which song(s) in music history they wish they had written and what law they would pass if they could.
I got to interview the guys of Electric Touch before the show and I was really looking forward to their set. Their song, “Don’t Stop” got my attention and I recently posted the video for it. Their stage presence was strong. They are that band that only has a thirty-minute set, but you wish would play way longer (the injustice!). Their blend of rock is the real guitar-driven, hardly in existence anymore, rock and roll. Their sound is addicting and their lyrics are deep. They sang songs from their album, Never Look Back, including: “Don’t Stop”, “Magnetic” and “Dominos.” “Magnetic” is their newest single and you can check out the music video for it here.
Cady Groves was up next and to be honest I had not heard of her until the show. She’s got the attitude of Avril Lavigne and the mouth of Ke$ha. Her voice is strong, but the overall juvenile presentation didn’t impress me, but then again I’m not an angsty-tween.
The fans for Hot Chelle Rae were getting antsy and once the guys went on stage there was nothing holding them back. Yet these guys are so collected even though the entire crowd is screaming at the top of their lungs and trying to grab at any of them. Clearly, they thrive on this from fans and know how to take it in stride and at the same time fueling it so that fans get rowdier.
The band was definitely in their own zone when they performed. With the exception of the lead singer, Ryan, the other guys didn’t really interact with the crowd, but rather focused on performing. Mid-set they did pull a fan on stage to help them sing the rap in “I Like It Like That”. Overall, Hot Chelle Rae gave the fans what they wanted: their favorite songs.
Their set list included (in no particular order): “Tonight, Tonight”, “Honestly”, “I Like To Dance”, “Keep You With Me”, “Radio”, “Downtown Girl”, “Why Don’t You Love Me?”, “The Only One”, “Forever Unstoppable”, “Since You’ve Been Gone” (Kelly Clarkson cover), “Whatever”, “Bleed”, “I Like It Like That”, “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To” (Weezer cover), “Emo” and “Beautiful Freaks”.
Check out “Don’t Stop” by Electric Touch, the rock band from Austin, TX. Interestingly enough, their lead singer is British (originally from Nottingham), but relocated to Texas where he met the rest of the band. These guys have toured with The Bravery (<3) and Airborne Toxic Event and have played Coachella, Bonnaroo, SXSW, Lollapalooza, and Austin City Limits festival among other renowned music festivals. So why haven’t we heard more about these guys?? I honestly don’t know how they have been floating under the radar. Their vibe is similar to The Killers, The Bravery and maybe a twinge of Oasis. Don’t miss out on Electric Touch, watch the video above and discover a new awesome band.
Last night the tour’s kick off party and press conference was held at the newly opened House of Vans–a stunning 24,000 sq ft indoor skate park and concert venue in Brooklyn. At midnight, VANS WARPED TOUR 2011 main stage artists 3OH!3, A Day To Remember, Gym Class Heroes , The Devil Wears Prada and Asking Alexandria were revealed. The above acts will join an eclectic mix of hotly-tipped artists in punk, indie, metal and hardcore, to rock, pop, electronic, reggae and hip-hop. Previously announced 2011 tour acts include: Jack’s Mannequin, Less Than Jake, Against Me!, Pepper, Madina Lake, D.R.U.G.S., Continental, Street Dogs, Lucero, Yelawolf, We Came As Romans, Foxy Shazam, Woe Is Me, Black Veil Brides, Big Chocolate, Dance Gavin Dance, MC Lars, Every Avenue, The Ready Set, Winds of Plague, Simple Plan, Eyes Set To Kill, The Wonder Years, The Word Alive, Big B., Relient K., Middle Class Rut, Electric Touch, Permanent Bastards, Go Radio, The Steelwells, The Aggrolites and Unwritten Law plus many more. For the full list of confirmed artists, visit: www.warpedtour.com/bands.
Beginning today, Saturday March 26 (10:00am) festival goers can purchase tickets early via the exclusive, lower-priced pre-sale via www.warpedtour.com. To keep the festival affordable, pre-sale package prices are around $25.00 and include commemorative 3D ticket–which also serves as a jump-the-line early entry pass–a Vans Warped Tour 2011 compilation CD and a 25-cent donation to the Unite the United charity and all service fees. Only a limited number of pre-sale tickets are available per city and once they sell-out, they’re gone. Go to www.warpedtour.com.
For the first time in its history, the tour is thrilled to partner with Vans and offer a series of intimate in-store events at select local Vans shops around the U.S. Fans can get up close and personal with four of the 2011 tour’s main stage artists including: 3OH!3, The Word Alive, A Day To Remember and The Devil Wears Prada–who debut their new Vans shoe the Devil Wears Prada Old Skools in June–(see dates, locations and artists below). The in-stores are free and open to the public on a first-come-first served basis. For more information and to RSVP, go to: vans.com.
Vans Warped Tour In-Store Events at Vans shops:
DATE CITY ARTIST
Thu 3/31 New York, NY 3OH!3
Fri 4/15 Portland, OR The Word Alive
Mon 4/18 Tampa, FL A Day To Remember
Thu 6/23 Dallas, TX The Devil Wears Prada
Also a first, from May 15 through June 15th 43 Vans shops will be selling VANS WARPED TOUR tickets in select markets. The tickets will be $26.00 (1$ service fee), all tickets will be handed out in custom Vans envelopes which can be turned in to the Vans booth at the Vans Warped Tour show for a free item onsite. In addition, a select number of Vans retail shops across the U.S. are offering a coupon of 20% off a single item and free gifts for two weeks following the Vans Warped Tour show.
The full list of tour dates is below (subject to change):
Vans Warped Tour 2011
|Fri||6/24||Dallas, TX||Gexa Energy Pavillion|
|Sat||6/25||Houston, TX||The Showgrounds at Sam Houston|
|Sun||6/26||San Antonio, TX||AT&T Center|
|Wed||6/29||Las Cruces, NM||N.M.S.U. Practice Field|
|Thu||6/30||Las Vegas, NV||Plaza Hotel – Parking Lot|
|Fri||7/1||Pomona, CA||Pomona Fairplex|
|Sat||7/2||Mountain View, CA||Shoreline Amphitheatre|
|Sun||7/3||Ventura, CA||Seaside Park|
|Wed||7/6||Bonner Springs, KS||Sandstone Amphitheatre|
|Thu||7/7||Noblesville, IN (Indianapolis)||Verizon Wireless Music Center|
|Fri||7/8||Detroit, MI||Comerica Park|
|Sat||7/9||Tinley Park, IL (Chicago)||First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre|
|Sun||7/10||Shakopee, MN (Minneapolis)||Canterbury Park|
|Tue||7/12||Darien Center, NY (Buffalo)||Darien Lake Fields|
|Wed||7/13||Mansfield, MA (Boston)||Comcast Center|
|Thu||7/14||Scranton, PA||Toyota Pavilion|
|Fri||7/15||Mississauga, ON (Toronto)||The Flats at Arrow Hall|
|Sat||7/16||Montreal, QC||Parc Jean-Drapeau|
|Sun||7/17||Hartford, CT||The Comcast Theatre|
|Tue||7/19||Milwaukee, WI||Marcus Ampitheatre|
|Wed||7/20||Cleveland, OH||Blossom Music Center|
|Thu||7/21||Camden, PA (Philadelphia)||Susquehanna Bank Center|
|Fri||7/22||Burgettstown, PA (Pittsburgh)||First Niagara Pavilion|
|Sat||7/23||Uniondale, NY||Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum|
|Sun||7/24||Oceanport, NJ||Monmouth Park Racetrack|
|Tue||7/26||Columbia, MD (D.C)||Merriweather Post Pavilion|
|Wed||7/27||Virginia Beach, VA||Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre|
|Thu||7/28||Charlotte, NC||Charlotte Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre|
|Fri||7/29||Orlando, FL||Central Florida Fairgrounds|
|Sat||7/30||West Palm Beach, FL (Miami)||Cruzan Ampitheatre|
|Sun||7/31||St. Petersburg, FL (Tampa)||Vinoy Park|
|Mon||8/1||Atlanta, GA||Aaron’s Amphietheater at Lakewood|
|Tue||8/2||Cincinnati, OH||Riverbend Music Center|
|Wed||8/3||St. Louis, MO||Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre|
|Thu||8/4||Council Bluffs, IA||Westfair Fairgrounds|
|Fri||8/5||Denver, CO||Invesco Field at Mile High|
|Sat||8/6||Salt Lake City, UT||Utah State Fairgrounds|
|Sun||8/7||Phoenix, AZ||Desert Sky Pavilion|
|Tue||8/9||San Diego, CA||Cricket Ampitheatre|
|Wed||8/10||Carson, CA (Los Angeles)||Cal State Dominguez Hills|
|Thu||8/11||Marysville, CA (Sacramento)||Sleep Train Ampitheatre|
|Fri||8/12||Nampa, ID (Boise)||Idaho Center Ampitheatre|
|Sat||8/13||George, WA (Seattle)||The Gorge Ampitheatre|
|Sun||8/14||Hillsboro, OR (Portland)||Washington County Fairground|