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August 12, 2002

Vans wilder in Detroit with
omething Corporate, others

By Tony Ding pranks and things like that. At that point,
Daily Arts Writer everyone will be so delirious from being
out so long that something is bound to
Amid poo-slinging, mud-flinging fer- happen.
vor, the ever-alternative teenagers in TMD - So, since it's Something Cor-
America (and some politically-correct porate's first time on Warped, do you feel
parts of Canada) have like freshmen?
once again made going to AM - Oh yeah, I mean
the Vans Warped Tour a totally! A lot of these bands
pilgrimage, camping out VANS WARPED have been doing this for so
and getting dehydrated TOUR long on this tour specifical-
for the hottest punk rock ly, like you play and you
bands. For Michianders At Comerica Park come back every year. It's
this year, it's a bitter sweet Aug. 18 at 11 a.m. kind of how this tour
session, since all of them $28.50 works, so yeah, there were
had to wait the whole some nerves going into it.
summer, until the thought of school crept But I'm really proud of the way that our
back into their nightmares, until they band has come together and really tight-
make it to this annual summer punk ened up, to put a great show live out here
camp. The plus side, however, is with everyday. So it's been good. You have like
Detroit being the last tour-stop, all hell first-day-of-school kind of nerves going
could break loose as well! Long time leg- in this tour.
ends NOFX and Bad Religion, popular TMD - Which bands have you hit it
stars MXPX and Good Charlotte, and off well with?
fresh new faces from the Drive-Thru AM - Obviously, a lot of the Drive-
wagon are among the smorgasbord of Thru bands we've been out with have
bands on the ticket this lime around. As been really cool, like some of the guys
anticipation boils, Something Corporate's from Thursday, Lucky Seven, the New
piano-banging lead singer Andrew Found Glory guys. There's so many
McMahon talked with The Michigan bands out here, it's hard to keep track of.
Daily to answer silent cries with an insid- It kind of changes from day to day, but
er's pit-stop status report. Excerpts of the you meet all kinds of new cool people
interview follow. you've never met before.
TMD - It must feel good to be on the TMD - Now you guys must be the
final leg of the tour? only band with a piano?
AM - You better believe it! I mean, AM - Yeah, we're the only band
don't get me wrong. The tour has been with a wooden, upright, non-synthe-
amazing, but anytime you do anything for
seven weeks straight and you kind of
don't get a break, it's always kind of nice _______
to see something on the horizon, you
know what I mean
TMD - We Michiganders have hU B - A
looked upon us being the last show of this
year's Warped Tour as the bands saving THE___
their best for last. Can we expect to see
some special antics come August 18?
AM - I'm not sure exactly what we'll
have planned by that point, but yeah, we'd S 0.
like to, especially on the last day of the
tour. You'll probably see a lot of band

sized piano.
TMD - Any challenges with that for
the show?
AM - Yeah, it can be hard in the
beginning. Basically, the way that the.
sound stuff works is you get onstage with
30 minutes before your show, and you
have to be ready, not to mention that you
have no sound check, because there's usu-
ally a band playing right next to you. So, I
mean with a piano, getting it mixed and
the monitors, in 30 minutes without being TONY DING/Daily
able to hear it can sometimes be trouble- Corporate whore.
some. But we've worked the kinks out sort of dropout. To me, college is a TMD - Let's talk about your new
early and it's been working every day chance to go and find your passion and album. After signing with Drive-Thru,
pretty much. learn about it and study it. And to me would you say that you guys made an
TMD --Any really memorable fans? music is my passion, and I couldn't be extra effort to diversify your sound?
AM -Yeah, like the other day we had studying it or learning about it in any bet- AM - Not really, I mean when we
a couple kids take us out and let us take ter way than right now. I think it's this signed with Drive-Thru, we made a very
showers and do our laundry at their way for all of us in the band. I mean, specific point, and they made a very spe-
house. We played a show in Orlando and we're all here to gain something from this cific point to us that they weren't signing
it was pouring rain, and I crowd-surfed experience, not just get wasted everyday. us to be like any of their bands. They
and ran around the audience in the mud, That's our purgative. We want to earn were signing us because they liked the
basically, and we had no showers that day whatever success we canget. See WARPED, Page 10
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