PropertyOfZack Senior Writer Jesse Richman headed out to Warped Tour a few weeks ago to sweat while watching bands, but to also do some great interviews for the site.
Jesse spoke with Fil and Ben from Neck Deep about Warped Tour, reissuing material and Hopeless Records, a video not gone too right, studio time, and more. Read the interview below!
To start, can I get your names and what you do in the band?
FTE: Hello, I am Fil [Thorpe-Evans], I play bass.
BB: My name’s Ben [Barlow], and I sing.
First of all, how is Warped Tour going for you guys so far?
BB: Really good!
FTE: Don’t think there’s been a bad show as of yet. I think every show we’ve had a sick reaction, and generally, it’s been a really good environment, real easy to settle in. Coming from overseas, we’ve never been to Warped Tour or anything like that. We settled in real quick, we’ve been hanging out, making a lot of friends. Seen some cool stuff. Played some good shows.
You did play Warped UK, right?
BB: It was cool. At that point, I think it was the biggest show we’d ever played. But it’s just not on the same scale as this.
FTE: It’s indoors, and it’s just one day.
BB: [This] is more similar to Slam Dunk.
FTE: Slam Dunk is closer to what Warped [in the US] is; the main thing is three stages, it’s outdoors, it kind of feels a bit more like Warped, just much more scaled down.
So what were your thoughts when you got out here to start Warped Tour and you saw just how big this whole thing is?
FTE: The thing is, being a pop-punk band and being into the sort of genre that we are, we knew enough about it that it wasn’t necessarily a shock. We’ve seen Warped Roadies, we’ve seen Warped videos on YouTube…
BB: We grew up knowing what Warped was.
FTE: We’ve watched enough tour documentaries on, like, blink-182, to know what Warped is and how it runs, what the deal is and how it works. It wasn’t like “holy shit, what the fuck is this?!” We knew what we were getting into.
BB: And other bands fill you in, bands that we’ve toured with.
FTE: But it still was a bit of a “wow” on the first day.
Is there anything that you weren’t prepared for, that caught you by surprise?
BB: Not being able to poo!
FTE: The only thing was the pooing situation. Because you can’t poo on the bus, and the port-o-potties… it’s a risk, you know?
BB: It’s a dangerous game.
FTE: It’s a game of risk.
So let’s talk about what’s going on with you guys. I know Hopeless is reissuing your two EPs [Rain In July and A History Of Bad Decisions]. Tell me a little bit about how that came about.
BB: We just wanted to put out our music again!
Had it ever gotten a proper US release?
FTE: Well, not really.
BB: We had an old label, they were a small label [We Are Triumphant]. They put out those two EPs. We’ve obviously moved on from that. We felt that, at the time that we left that label, it was the right time to leave. But we had to leave the EPs there with them. We wanted to make our music available to people; people wanted physical copies of them.
FTE: There was never a distribution of actual physical copies, people couldn’t get an actual physical copy of it.
BB: We printed vinyl ourselves…
FTE: …but that was just in the UK.
BB: The States have never had it.
FTE: The demand for it was really crazy, and if that’s what the fans want, I would love to give them that. So it was like, instead of just releasing it, let’s do something cool, let’s remaster it, make it a bit of a thing. Make it fun and exciting.
Check out Warped Tour’s premiere of “Warning (Shikari Soundsystem remix)" - an awesome collaboration between two Warped Tour AND Hopeless Records bands, Air Dubai and Enter Shikari! Hear it now at vanswarpedtour.com.
FIl Thorpe-Evans of neckdeepofficial talks about what they loved the most about this summers Warped Tour on kerrangmagazine! It ranges from The Word Alive’s French Bulldog Colby, food, and meeting all of their fans! http://www.kerrang.com/20951/8-things-neck-deep-love-about-warped-tour/
Don’t forget to follow them on twitter for tour announcements next week!
Can’t make it to the Dallas show tonight? It’s all good. Check out an interview that we did with @sarascoggs on @idobiradio! 9pm ET/8pm CT/6pm PT
The awesome guys in Bayside made this new Pride t-shirt and are giving a portion of the proceeds from sales to the Human Rights Campaign
It’s only $17 for a limited time, get yours and help support a great cause athttp://www.bayside.limitedrun.com/
To celebrate their upcoming tour together, Taking Back Sunday & The Used will release a limited edition 10” split on September 9th!
Only 1000 copies were made and a limited amount are available for pre-order now through our webstore, so get yours today! http://smarturl.it/splitpreorder
The remaining copies will be available from both bands on their upcoming North American tour and at select retailers in the US.
Air Dubai - Coasts (Gazzo Remix) [EDM.com Premiere]
Heard it and need to have it NOW? Get your copy of "Be Calm" over at: hopelessrecords.merchnow.com! And check out Air Dubai on their last few dates of Warped Tour!
Driver Friendly during out new interview! Tune in tomorrow night to catch all the fun.
Photos by: byericalauren
A lot has happened since my last blog. Most importantly: the Alternative Press Music Awards were Monday! At first I wasn’t planning on attending because I didn’t factor in award show attire when I packed for the tour, but I set that aside and snagged last minute credentials. I ended up wearing all black with a jean jacket and Vans (in case you were wondering. But I know you weren’t.). Many of us came straight from Warped Tour so it felt weird to be at Warped all day and then spending our off-day at an award show, but my goodness was it fun!
Notable moments (some pictures, some not):
-Enter Shikari being told to walk through general admission which led me to tell security that they were with me and they were doing press.
-Watching the bands reunite with their friends for the night; almost like a high school reunion without the awkward vibes.
-Coolio walked by the Enter Shikari guys and Chris said, “wait, was that Coolio?! Coooool!”
-Ben from Neck Deep performed with A Day To Remember
-Before presenting, Tay from We Are The In Crowd flexed with the skully
-All Time Low won some stuff
-Anthony from Bayside took a photo with Kevin Lyman (what a guuuuy!)
-Mark Hoppus photographing All Time Low on the red carpet.
-Having a day off from the Warped Tour buzz.
There are a few days left of Warped Tour. But we won’t talk about that until it’s time.
See you guys soon!