With Vans Warped Tour finally releasing its lineup for this summer, anticipation has bubbled.
The eagerness for summer is strong, and soon people will be close to seeing their favorite bands, along with some new ones, up close and personal.
The real question now is which bands should be considered “must-sees.”
Here are 10 bands worthy of adding to that list this year.
1. Mayday Parade
Mayday Parade came to be in 2005 when two Tallahassee, Fla., bands, Kid Named Chicago and Defining Moment, combined to create one of the most well-known pop punk bands today.
It has released a total of five albums, the latest being “Black Lines” in 2015, and two EPs over the years, and this will be its fifth appearance at Warped. Mayday Parade’s well-crafted melodies mixed with lyrics that speak to the soul make it a strong addition to Warped.
Choice Song: “Ocean and Atlantic”
2. Sleeping With Sirens
Sleeping With Sirens, and alternative rock band, formed in 2009 under Epitaph Records. The band has released a total of four albums and one EP, with its 2013 album “Feel” reaching No. 3 on the US Billboard 200. This will be the band’s fifth time at Warped , where it will get another chance to woo the crowd with its mix of intense rhythms and the angelic voice of lead singer Kellin Quinn.
Choice Song: “If You Can’t Hang”
3. Tonight Alive
Tonight Alive originated from Australia in 2008. This pop punk band has released a total of three albums and two EPs, and its song “The Edge” was featured in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” This will be its third time at Warped, bringing a mix of catchy melodies, meaningful lyrics and a powerful female voice to the masses.
Choice Song: “The Ocean”
4. We The Kings
We The Kings is a pop punk bank that formed in 2007. They have a total of six albums and four EPs, and this will be its sixth time at Warped. We The Kings is not shy of getting the crowd pumped up with its unbridled energy, uplifting guitar work and intense live vocals.
Choice Song: “Check Yes Juliet”
5. Knuckle Puck
Knuckle Puck is an up-and-coming pop punk band that formed in 2010. It released its debut album, “Copacetic,” in 2015, and it has put out six EPs prior to that. This will be the band’s second time at Warped. Last year, the band gave audiences a taste of what it is with high-energy performances, and this year it has material from “Copacetic” at its disposal to show even more of what it’s made of.
Choice Song: “True Contrite”
6. Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!
The Paris-based Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! formed in 2007, and it has released a total of three albums, with the latest being “Get Lost, Find Yourself,” in 2015. This French metalcore band will be appearing for its third time at Warped. The group’s performances are filled with passionate sounds of chugging guitar mixed with fast-paced vocals to bring a party sound to its heavier edge.
Choice Song: “Haters Gonna Hate”
7. State Champs
State Champs is a pop punk bank that formed in 2010. The band has released a total of two albums and three EPs. Its debut album “The Finer Things” charted at No. 2 on the Billboards Heatseekers Albums chart, and this will be its second time at Warped. State Champs has proven to be a versatile band that can pull off gentle acoustic ballads just as well as high-energy tunes.
Choice Song: “Elevated”
8. Good Charlotte
Good Charlotte is an alternative rock band that has been around since 1996. Over the years, Joel Madden and his bandmates have released a total of five albums, and this will be their fourth time at Warped. Hearing that Good Charlotte will be at Warped will likely elicit a great deal of happiness for some, as the band returned from a four-year hiatus last year. With some powerful jams at its disposal, look for Good Charlotte to easily meet and exceed expectations.
Choice Song: “Like It’s Her Birthday”
9. Ice Nine Kills
Ice Nine Kills formed in 2006 and has released a total of three EPs and four albums. Its album “Every Trick in the Book” charted at No. 122 on the US Billboard 200. The metalcore band infuses intense, chaotic beats with lyrics full of meaning, and it will be appearing at Warped for its third time.
Choice Song: “The Greatest Story Ever Told”
10. The Maine
The Maine is an alternative rock band that formed in 2007. Forged in Tempe, Ariz., it has released a total of five albums and three EPs, and this will be its fifth time performing at Warped. The group’s fifth album, “American Candy,” released in 2015, and the song “English Girls” reached No. 17 on the iTunes Alternative Chart. The Maine is arguably the most accessible act in the lineup this year due to the fact its music spans multiple genres.
Choice Song: “Listen To Your Heart”