Saturday, June 20, 2015

Five Bands To Look For At Vans Warped Tour 2015

2015 Vans Warped Tour
INsite's 5 To Watch

By Sean Claes
Once again the parking lot of San Antonio’s AT&T Center will be the home of the misfits, the rockers, the metal lovers and kids of all ages that want to see a spectacle of rock, metal, hip-hop and power pop. Why? Because on June 28, The Vans Warped Tour will pull into town and throw down another 30+ band extravaganza and they won’t leave until every last fan has had an earful.

Date: Sunday, June 28
Location: San Antonio - AT&T Center
One AT&T Center Parkway
San Antonio, TX 78219
Doors: 11:00 AM

INsite has decided to shine the light on 5 of the performers on this year’s tour. These are bands we think you need to make sue to catch, so sit back and enjoy our 5 Bands To Look For At San Antonio’s Vans Warped Tour.

1. Asking Alexandria

Moving forward after their original lead vocalist Danny Worsnop announced his departure from the band in January, Engligh Metalcore band Asking Alexandria is coming in strong with new lead singer Denis Stoff (Make Me Famous) and a new song “I Won’t Give Up” (video posted here).

Denis has some big shoes to fill, and if he can handle the corwds at Warped, he will do just fine. It’ll be interesting to see the new dynamic and I, for one, intend on catching their set.

2. Beartooth

@ Warped Tour 2014. Photo by Sean Claes

I caught Ohio’s Beartooth by accident last year at Warped and they are one of the bands that stood out to me.  The band was formed as a side project for vocalist Caleb Shomo when he was in the band Attack! Attack! But when that group called it quits in 2012, Beartooth got brought to the forefront.

The last year has been good for Beartooth. They were nominated for a “Golden God” for best new band and been riding high off their debut release, 2014’s Disgusting. In April they released the single “In Between” off that album.

3. Family Force 5

Courtesy Photo

A Christian band from Atlanta, Family Force 5 has been around for over 10 years now. I admit, I learned of them from their fantastic “Family Force 5 Really Real Show #12” where they visited Flea Market Montgomery (watch it here.).

A little fun at Warped Tour is a good thing… this electronica/pop/dance band might just be the time-out you need after taking a few metalcore pills earlier in the day.  Besides, how can you NOT have fun when the band members include dudes with names like “Crouton, Fatty and Chap Stique?”

Here’s the video for their new single “Sweep The Leg” which begs the question, which came first LMFAO or Family Force 5? (The answer to that question is playing Warped Tour).


4. Memphis May Fire

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From the great state of Texas, Memphis May Fire has been at it for 4 albums and almost 10 years.

This is some straight up brutal metal with punishing drums. Sure, you’e going to get your share of scream + clean vocal metalcore bands in Warped this year, but this is one that has stood the test of time and is worth making it through the crowds to catch.

Their 2014 release Unconditional made it to the #4 slot on Billboard when it debuted in March. They plan to release a deluxe version of Unconditional in July.

Here’s their latest release “Sleepless Nights”

5. We Came As Romans

Photo by Sean Claes

Another of my Warped Tour finds. I caught this Michigan-based band when they played Warped in 2013 and their high energy set drew me in (and as you can see from the photo, vocalist Dave Stephens connected with the crowd as well).

They’ve been around for a decade and, in July, will release their fourth and self-titled album.  As an interesting aside, former INsite movie editor Cole Dabney directed a few of their videos in 2011-2012.

Check out “Regenerate” from their soon-to-be-released album… then check them out  next Sunday at Warped.


Granted, these are just five of the bands we think you should see... other bands playing that are shoe-ins to be awesome include Black Veil Brides, Escape The Fate, Matchbook Romance, Riff Raff and While She Sleeps. The entire Line-up for San Antonio's Warped Tour can be found on the official site - here.

See you out there.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

INsite Hindsite - Video Hindsite 2015

INsite owner Sean Claes shares some videos he's shot over the last couple of months.
Hope you enjoy.

Walt Wilkins & The Mystiqueros

"King For A Day"
 San Marcos Music in the Park

Blue October 
"Breakfast After Ten"
The Marc (San Marcos, Texas)
United Way of Hays County Flood Relief Concert

Drew Kennedy 
"Unnamed Song - True Story"
Central Texas Speedway (Kyle)
Concerts For A Cause - Benefit for United Way of Hays County

the easy out
"Chemicals 1991"
Plum Creek's Front Porch Days (Kyle, Texas)

Jana Pochop
"Paranoid, Conspiracy Theory Love Song"
Concerts For A Cause
Down South Railhouse (Kyle, Texas)

Todd Snider 
"Too Soon To Tell"
Cheatham Street Warehouse (San Marcos)
Video by Sean Claes