From Drew Conte:
Friday November 2nd: Mesa, AZ
I went to sleep at 10am as we left Las Vegas….and then I woke up in Arizona at a Jack in the Box. Honestly, it was the worst I’ve felt in all of 2012. Being hung over is never a particularly fun thing, but being hung over in a moving van far away from your bed, shower, and fridge with cold drinks is exponentially worse. We got to Mesa and loaded in and met up with Stickup Kid, they will be joining us for the next 3 shows. They were super nice guys and had a killer set, we played after them and had a great time. We’ve been to Arizona many times over the past 5 years, normally the shows are pretty terrible. This show was definitely unexpected and we appreciate all the Mesa-ians that came out and making this time around different. After the show, we headed to Los Angeles area to our friend Marks house to start our next few shows in California.
Thursday November 1st: Cedar City, UT
We left the hotel and headed to Ogden City..playing 2 shows in Utah is kind of odd. We got to the venue pretty early before load in, the venue was in a shopping center so we walked around a super market (which sold horse saddles and guns) and got snacks at the dollar tree. We threw around the vortex (you remember the football with the whistle) in the parking lot and waited to load in. We ended up playing and both our sets and With the Punches’ were a pretty surprisingly awesome time. We had to drive to Mesa, AZ that night which is about 9 hours so I looked up the directions and saw 2 routes: driving through Vegas or driving through the Grand Canyon. Driving through the Grand Canyon in the middle of the night sounded pretty fucking pointless, so we went to Vegas. I drove and we got there at about midnight, where we met up with The Wonder Years who were already in town because their tour with Yellowcard started the next day. We all got pretty drunk, I had roughly 10 White Russians, and the roulette table absolutely kicked my ass. We got a hotel room that night in Hooters and only one of us actually went to sleep in it. We are idiots. If anyone was wondering, my roulette numbers are 3, 5, 6, 13, 15, 21, 33, and 36.
The Weekly Tour Round-Up
Young Guns on Metallica
Lacey Caroline - “Can You Feel It”
Heartwell - “Yul Brenner (Go Get Your Palace)”
Nightmare Of You|Nightmares For A Week - Nightmares Split
I Call Fives are kicking off a tour this weekend with With The Punches. Stickup Kid and Real Friends will also be joining the bands on different points of the tour, so we’re stoked to have three of them for a new PropertyOfZack Playlist. Check out the Playlists below while listening to the songs on Spotify and reading everyone’s thoughts!
Taking Back Sunday - Who Are You Anyway?
Initially I was a little bit turned off when I heard the way the vocals went on the new album..after a few listens, I really enjoy their s/t album and in particular love this song.
We Are The Union - Live Like Mitch *Song is not on Spotify
We toured with these guys, The Story So Far, and Handguns last summer. It was one of my most fun tours these past 6 years. WATU just put out a new record and I enjoy this song and you should check out the album.
Hostage Calm - On Both Eyes
Hostage Calm - Woke Up Next To A Body
I first met Hostage Calm sometime in 2010 when we played with them at the Blast o Mat in Denver. I had heard about them a little before that through my friends hardcore band Petition and assumed these guys were a similar style. Once they started their set, I soon realized they had totally changed their style up. 2 years later, they have really come in to their own and perfected their craft. This album is excellent.
Heart to Heart - The Turn
I’ve known these guys for a long time and their growth as a band since first meeting them has really been something. Their record is powerful and has songs with a meaning, which in 2012 isn’t actually as common as you’d think. I am a big fan of their new record, check it out.
Half Hearted Hero - Cobblestones
I remember driving over the bridge in Virginia Beach listening to this song in the fall of 2009, something about driving the van over that bridge at the start of a tour was just therapeutic or something, I always think back to it when I hear this song. “I came here to find a purpose but lately I just feel worthless”
Diamond Youth - Fix of Mine
My friend Alex showed me these guys over the summer, I was instantly into these guys. They have an Alkaline Trio feeling to them in the perfect way, plus my pal Paul Leavitt did the album. You need to check this band out.
Death Cab For Cutie - Title and Registration
This is just one of those songs that I’ve found myself listening to fairly regularly for a long, long time. It’s weird thinking that Transatlanticism came out nearly 10 years ago. There’s something deeper in this song to me, I’ve always felt it was so relatable,
Crime in Stereo - New Harlem Shuffle
They’re back and this is one of the first songs I remember hearing from them.
The Composure - Stay The Course *Song is not on Spotify
There are a few times I’ve seen a band that was so exceptional live, a band that is clearly so set apart from everyone else…We played with Four Year Strong in a hall next to a post office back in 2007 and I remember from the second they started playing, the band had just what I was talking about. I haven’t really seen many others do this to me in recent memory, except The Composure. They are some of the tightest musicians I’ve seen and their songs are great. As good as their recordings are, I don’t even think it does them the full justice they deserve..go catch them at a show and watch them live.
Lifetime – Somewhere In The Swamps Of Jersey
Been listening to a lot of Lifetime b-sides lately. This is one of the coolest Lifetime tunes, the lack of length keeps me going back to listen over and over again.
Paramore – That’s What You Get
The verses in this song is what pulled me in. The rythyms that Paramore has are so awesome and complex. They’re all doing different things musically and it all pulls together so well. Awesome song.
Title Fight – In Between
Floral Green is a really cool album. They weren’t afraid to experiment on these recordings. I love the chorus of this tune and I love the main guitar part. Title Fight does what they want to do and the fact that people love their mentality is great.
Incubus - Dig
Incubus has always been a band I enjoy, and lately I’ve found myself listening to them more and more. I was bummed that I missed them last time they came around with Linkin Park. Would have been an awesome show.
Modest Mouse - Broke
Modest Mouse is my favorite band, and ‘Building Nothing Out of Something’ is my favorite album by them. Every time I hear the opening of this song I feel like I’m floating or something. They’re such a patient band and they aren’t scared of repeating parts for 5 minutes at a time. Coolest band.
Sunny Day Real Estate - One
Been getting into this band a lot lately. ‘Diary’ is a great record but I’ve been stuck on ‘The Rising Tide’ lately. The vocals and use of acoustic guitars draw me in super hard. Also their rythym section is super solid and brings everything together.
J. Cole – Too Deep For The Intro *Song is not on Spotify
There is nothing more refreshing than J. Cole’s mixtape “Friday Night Lights” It’s honest rap. There is no glam, just solid perspectives on life.
Crime In Stereo - …But You Are Vast
My favorite Crime record is “Is Dead”, this jam is definitely the anchor of the record, it hits home with me lyrically and I can listen to it over and over and not get tired of it.
Modest Mouse - Florida
I love Modest Mouse because every record is different yet the same, every record brings a new theme to the table and I relate to them all. This song isn’t my favorite on the record, but the dynamics and guitar tones make it really fun to listen to. It’s an in between jam that you don’t select right away but you end up learning the words because it’s catchy.
The Eagles – One Of These Nights
This song is straight groovy. I like listening to the Eagles on vinyl, and I did recently and remembered how cool this song is. This song makes me want to dance.
American Football - Never Meant
I am into more laid back types of music, so American Football has always been a main stay in my music rotation. I love this song because it captures a lot of emotion. It also keeps things laid back but intricate at the same time. Listen to this band! They aren’t a band anymore but still. DO IT!
Listener - Wooden Heart
I’m pretty sure I listen to this song at least twice a day. It is not only different from all the other music on my I pod but it’s so uplifting. There is a lot of hope in this song. I feel like we all need a little hope thrown our way on a daily basis. Lastly, This lyric from the song is amazing, ”Everything falls apart at the exact same time it comes together perfectly for the next step.”
Saves The Day - Shoulder To The Wheel
This song in my opinion is just a great classic pop punk song. I think all bands today can learn from such a great band like Saves The Day. This song is raw, simple, and honest. I love it. Saves The Day will always hold a spot in my heart as one of my favorite bands. - Kyle’s
The Ataris – In This Diary
I love this song because its a reminder to do what you love and pursue whatever it is you want in life. I was 13 when this song was released. Now, at 22, it really means a lot to me because I’m finally doing exactly what I want to with my life. “Being grown up isn’t half as fun as growing up. These are the best days of our lives.”
New Found Glory - Truth Of My Youth
I love everything about this song. Musically, it’s so upbeat, energetic and fun to listen to. I’ve been feeling very nostalgic lately and this song really brings me back to my early teenage years.
I Call Fives filmed an acoustic version of “Stuck In ‘03” in Las Vegas. Watch it below by clicking “Read More.”
Warped Tour is running strong in the summer heat, and PropertyOfZack is stoked to bring you another brand new Playlist from Fireworks, and I Call Fives, Koji. Check out the Playlists and listen to the songs on Spotify while reading everyone’s thoughts!
Every Time I Die - Holy Book of Dilemma
“We are given too much room to be expected to do only good”. Some friends of mine and I drove to Syracuse in 2003 to see ETID. I remember being so excited to finally buy “Hot Damn” and listen to it the whole way home. All of this may seem like a foreign concept now (traveling to see bands, having to wait to buy their record etc) but Every Time I Die’s riffs and lyrics are as good as ever on “Ex Lives”. This came off way more nostalgic than I initially intended.
Polar Bear Club - I’ll Never Leave New York
Warped Tour will be the first tour I’ve done in a few months, so I’ve been hanging out at home in Michigan for awhile now. I work a job that requires me to drive a couple of hours a day without any sort of iPod playing capabilities. This leaves me with a stereo that only plays CD’s, and the only CD I have in my car is “Clash Battle Guilt Pride”. I tend to start this song over halfway through because it’s so good. I also love the High Fidelity drop. (I just texted Jimmy Stadt and he told me the High Fidelity drop was unintentional. Even better)
Title Fight - Where Am I?
I always find myself saying, “I wish every Title Fight song sounded like this one” when I’m listening to this song. But then I remember that’s what makes it so good, and I can usually say that statement after any Title Fight cut. I also can’t listen to this song unless I listen to “Safe In Your Skin” first, perfect transition.
Into It. Over It. - Midnight: Carroll Street
We were on tour last fall and ended up having some van troubles. Half of us rode with Polar Bear Club while the other half rode with Balance And Composure. I was a member of the latter. We were driving up 5 North in California passing Mt. Shasta when BC started playing this song in the van. I remember loving it from the first second, and the overall mood fit the scene far too well. Then we went to Olive Garden. I’m also obsessed with the little keyboard riff Evan’s lady plays at the end. Bravo.
Hostage Calm - The M Word
Best haircuts. “It’s a sad time to be young”
New Found Glory - Coming Home
One of my favorite tour songs. I will make sure to beg them to play it on the last day of Warped Tour.
I Am The Avalanche - Is This Really Happening?
Yes, I was among the hoards of people who were obsessed with “those new IATA songs” that leaked a couple years ago. This stood out as my favorite and I remember skipping to it first when I listened to “Avalanche United” for the first time. What Vinnie did with the lyrics on both versions is so cool. Makes me like the song that much more.
Make Do And Mend - Oak Square
“And now my older friends, they’re all getting married with kids, and I’m just stoked to play your basement”.
Rise Against - Six Ways ‘Til Sunday
When I was 14 years old Fat Wreck Chords handed out a promotional CD called, “Floyd.. And Out Come The Teeth”. I still remember that “Six Ways ‘Til Sunday” was track number 3. I hate being the old song guy, and I definitely think Rise Against have only grown as musicians and a band, but this song fucking rules.
Anti-Flag - Watch The Right
I’d always get sent to the office in middle school for wearing Anti-Flag shirts. It only took 12 years to finally play with these guys. 13 year old Chris would be proud.
My playlist for Warped is pretty fun to me because it’s a lot of old stuff. People constantly seem to say negative stuff about the lineup and its direction..but for me, this year is perfect. It’s got a ton of old bands that when I was going 14+ going to shows, these were the bands just starting to really become something, and then it has newer bands that are great as well. The older songs I chose are some that helped get me into the music that I’m into today and are definitely nostalgic for me. I’m glad we’re a part of the tour this year and cannot wait until we join the tour on June 13th.