Touche Amore Won't Play Warped Tour And Why I Don't Care
Gather round my children we need to talk. There is a brand new (old) wave of alternative (common) mindset happening and I don’t want any of you looking like tools by hopping on this bandwagon.
There is a clique of bands coming through that are ‘too punk rock for you’ In this class are bands like Ramshackle Glory, Touche Amore and maybe their mirror La Dispute. These band are intentionally avoiding major opportunities so as not to ‘sell out’ Ramshackle have to be the best example of idiotic punk- seriously guys man up about your bass player. you fucking posers.
Way way back before your egg started splitting there were bands who played shitty dives for nothing while shitty kids sat around them and all was well. Not one of these punk bands who changed the world were so arrogant that they wouldn’t perform wherever there was a opportunity. Nothing was really beneath them as a matter of fact playing a mainstream event was a huge opportunity to preach your cause. It was a love of music and although there was ego- it was not so idiotic (most of the time). I was very close with a very political band who used the mainstream offerings (and submissions) to absolutely horrify the crowd and promoters- did they get yanked off tours? Hell yes, but they didn’t sit back and bitch and refuse as Touche Amore is doing in their statement regarding Warped Tour.
Jeremy Bolm spoke to the OC Weekly and said the following about his refusal to play Warped
“No way, not at all. Nothing against our friends who have done it. Last year, Title Fight; this year, Defeater is doing it, which is fine. I appreciate that there are honest bands that are on it.
“There are kids who have no idea about this world, who if they see a band like Title Fight or a band like Defeater that maybe it will open their eyes a little bit to our world as opposed to a world with misogyny and ignorance and nothing to offer any-body which is what 95 percent of what Warped Tour is.”
“our world”, that’s the idiotic line here. “Your’ world should be hopping up on every stage and fighting and promoting what you believe in. Not sitting like bitchy little girls complaining about the biggest event in your genre. You feel Warped it filled with ‘misgyny and ignorance’? Get on one of their stages and proclaim it. Do you really think Kevin Lyman would censor you? Your a moron.
One of the greatest comments on the topic was posted on Lambgoat and I swear if I could find this person I would buy them a drink and a high five
I like Touche Amore (LOVE La Dispute), but this is ridiculous. If you have an issue with Warped Tour, cool, I understand. It’s a festival marketed toward young kids. They aren’t Touche Amore’s market. That being said, shut up, let the people who enjoy it do just that, and continue playing dive bars and 250 max capacity clubs.
There is nothing wrong with playing 250 capacity clubs and supplementing your life with being a Walmart cashier. That’s totally fine should you chose to do so. But back in my day punk meant shock and awe and fighting for your beliefs not this on your ass snub. That was what the elitist did- that’s what the punks fought against. You’re too good for it? You’re idiots.
Defeater is doing it, which is fine. Defeater, who are on Bridge9 Records need to do more than show up on Warped, they need to find a better marketing team, they’re an amazing band with really shitty management. But maybe Touche’ has really shitty management too? Maybe this group of young bucks are using music to score bitches and have no real intention of longevity. That’s fine too- but c’mon lets stop the holier than tough bullshit.
You all load your own gear- until that stops and your rider includes Petron shut the fuck up.