Dear Lil Peep. You’ll likely never see this, but I hope you’ve found peace. A cursory listen to any of your songs made me realize you were hurting – badly. But I hope you know the impact you made in your short 21 years of life will save many more than you ever thought possible.
If 2009’s Homesick was the initial salvo for A Day To Remember, then 2010’s What Separates Me From You was the band’s true breakout album, cementing the Ocala rock band as one that could adeptly merge pop-punk and metalcore. From the initial teaser of “2nd Sucks” a couple months prior to release to the anthemic “All I Want”, WSMFY was a solid album that continued to fuel a rapidly growing fanbase.
Released 7 years ago today, it was another true game-changing album that saw the band hitting Warped Tour and the road in general very hard. Does the album still hold up today? You be the judge.
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
Compared to even a decade ago, musicians really have to watch what they say publicly on the Internet. Your band probably isn’t selling that much in the way of albums, and any statement that is potentially controversial can potentially spread across social media in a matter of minutes, if not seconds. Screenshots have no half-life, they exist forever.
There are also plenty of bands that have a somewhat unique online persona. There are those that seek to uplift and inspire (Real Friends, The Maine), use penis jokes as silly humor (Brojob), and calls to action and discussion (Forthteller, Emery, etc.). Then you have bands that use edgy humor to push the envelope. Sometimes this works – and sometimes it goes too far, especially when said “humor” ends up insulting to their audience.