There are a few things you can always rely on during summer: tan lines, devastatingly hot temperatures and the Vans Warped Tour. Last weekend, the tour made its annual stop in San Antonio at the AT&T Center, and despite a few raindrops as the doors opened, fans came out in hordes to see the 80+ bands, which included headliners Taking Back Sunday, Falling in Reverse and Pierce the Veil.
One of the very first bands to play Saturday morning was Dallas rockers Memphis May Fire on the Monster Energy stage. The band kicked off the day very nicely, pumping up the crowd with a set packed full of songs from their new album Challenger. A little bit later, Sleeping With Sirens took the same stage and was met by deafening screams. While half the crowd was there to catch a glimpse of lead singer and teen heart throb Kellin Quinn, the other half of us were there to appreciate the band’s super catchy melodic hardcore and Quinn’s impressive vocal range.
At the heat of the day, screamo legends The Used began their set on the Kia Rio tage. The band played many songs from their recently released fifth studio album, Vulnerable, but the huge crowd really went crazy when The Used played their classics like “The Taste of Ink.” Surprisingly, though, the best performance of the day for me was A Loss for Words on the Tilly’s stage. The band has an amazing presence when they are on stage, and you can really tell they live to perform and that they love their fans. The crowd was a bit on the small side during the band’s set, but lead singer Matt Arsenault took advantage of that, jumping across the barrier to sing several full songs in the crowd. Of course, every time he entered the pit, fans engulfed him, doing anything they could to get close and sing along with Arsenault, including using each other as ladders and springboards. At the end of the day, A Loss For Words was the only band that left me really wanting more, so hopefully we’ll see them again next year at Warped Tour on a bigger stage with a longer set time.