A few days ago, the Vans Warped Tour officially opened up their annual poll, crowdsourcing the bands that fans want to see on the 2018 edition of the summer festival. While it’s certain that thousands of submissions will be sent in, we’re issuing our own submissions of the bands we’d like to see, with our unscientific formula. The following bands have a recent record out, have one coming out soon, have a strong work ethic, and/or are touring heavily with some serious buzz surrounding them. We’re also including a specific reason or two why these bands should be on the tour. It also goes without saying that these choices are fairly realistic, considering that Vans Warped Tour is often the event that really “breaks” certain bands into the public consciousness. The notion of “deserving” an opportunity like this is up for debate, but all these bands have reasons why they should be playing big stages.
10 Bands, 50 bands, 100 bands, fuck it, man
Let’s just not even discuss it, man
With the impending November 17th release date of his debut full-length, All is in sync, and there’s nothing left to sing about, Jesse Cash of Erra is stepping into the spotlight after two successful EP’s. Ghost Atlas is the name to pay attention to – a more atmospheric and melodic alt-rock/post-hardcore sound than Erra is generally known for.
Ghost Atlas has unveiled the third single from the upcoming album in the form of “Mirror Room”. A lush, melodic alt-rock song, “Mirror Room” is arguably the catchiest song on the record – you can stream it below. The song is now on our “New Blood” playlist below, so if you’re into the whole Spotify thing, now’s your chances to subscribe.
Reminiscent of compatriots Northlane, Sempiternal-era Bring Me The Horizon, and Bad Omens, Swedish band Noija have released their debut album, Colorblind. The album, which can be streamed in full below, straddles the line between modern rock, post-hardcore, and lush, atmospheric metalcore. And while Noija aren’t necessarily breaking new ground that previous bands haven’t stepped on before, they do have a bright future. Vocalist Nick Serlsted seems almost effortless behind the microphone, and given some time, he could be a major force in the music scene.
Bring Me The Horizon may be one of the most popular rock bands in the world at this point. They always have high billing on international festivals across the globe, and their most recent album That’s The Spirit was truly the album that launched them into global status.
Life doesn’t stop for anyone, though. You may remember that a couple months ago, BMTH member Jordan Fish’s son Eliot was born – and he suffered a brain hemorrhage. Jordan and Oliver Sykes soon ventured to raise money for the hospital that provided Eliot incredible medical care by climbing Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro. They raised almost 70,000 for the trek, which Jordan and Oliver just completed today. The mountain is the highest peak in Africa, and is a very arduous journey indeed. You can view some incredible scenery and photos below. If you’d still like to give, it’s not too late.