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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Local bands get Warped this Monday

The Vans Warped Tour has established itself as a day-long summer tradition for fans of pop punk, emo, screamo and metal. Having also incorporated hip-hop, electro, Americana and other genres into its already diverse lineup, the Warped Tour offers something for just about any type of music fan willing to spend a scorching summer day on a blacktop under the oppressive sun. As the tour comes to Atlanta on Mon., Aug. 1, there are several local and regional bands scheduled to perform. Here's a look at what these home-skillets have to offer.

Death is a Dialogue

Almost Legendary

Formed just two years ago, Almost Legendary plays Blink-182-inspired pop punk complemented by subtle synth flourishes. From more melodic songs like "Do You Remember" to dancier tracks like "Tonight Becomes Tomorrow" to more hard rock numbers like "She'll Do It Again," the band's sound will be a perfect fit amongst a majority of Warped's lineup.

Death is a Dialogue

After the disbanding of his synth punk band the Drownout, Jason Lee quickly assembled a more straightforward rock project called Death is a Dialogue. With biting lyricism and a more aggressively guitar-heavy approach, the band gives somewhat dark themes a rock 'n' roll jolt that incorporate influences ranging from Queens of the Stone Age to AFI.

Family Force 5

Updating the rap rock sound with a Dirty South groove, Family Force 5's crunk rock has gone over well at previous Warped Tours. Focusing just as heavily on keytars and turntables as guitars and lyrics, FF5 is always ready to bring a party. Even if that party has a few Christian overtones.

Family Force 5

The Get Down Kids

Tuscaloosa's the Get Down Kids earned a slot on this year's Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands stage thanks to their electro metalcore sound. The Get Down Kids take the keytar-tinged sound of Family Force 5 and add grinding metal guitars and growling vocals. Also like Family Force 5, it is apparent that it is in Jesus' name that the Get Down Kids thrash. Amen.

My Latest Fashion

Formed last year, Augusta's My Latest Fashion plays post-hardcore with elements of pop punk and screamo. While the band's heavier elements are likely to appeal to Warped's metal contingent, My Latest Fashion could also win over fans of the festival's more melodic acts.


Comprised of former Savannah College of Art and Design students, Passafire has become a fixture on the national reggae rock and jam band scene. The band's more laid-back sound could provide a respite from the rest of the day's higher energy festivities, and will likely pacify the ska contingent.


The Warped Tour is best known as the breeding ground for pop punk acts like New Found Glory and Sum 41, and Augusta's Veara is happy to keep that tradition alive at this year's show. A relative newcomer to the scene, the band's snarky and energetic sound has resulted in good things, including the recent Epitaph release What We Left Behind.

Woe, Is Me

One of the heavier offerings on this year's Warped Tour, Woe, Is Me plays brutal post-hardcore with a somewhat gothic metal edge. Venturing slightly into industrial and black metal realms, the band's sound is familiar enough to appeal to metal and screamo fans while offering enough of a twist to stand out amongst the crowd.

Woe, Is Me


Though he hails from Gadsden, Ala., Yelawolf has spent enough time rhyming on the stages of local dives for Atlantans to call him one of their own. And now that his Southern-tinged hip-hop is reaching national audiences thanks to Eminem's Shady Records, Yelawolf is poised to expose Warped's larger crowd to his Southern ghetto slang.


Vans Warped Tour. $34.46-$46.81. 11 a.m. Aug. 1. Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Way. 404-443-5090.,

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