IT’S A MAD WORLD
For this year’s Warped Tour, a lot of my attention was focused on the veterans but I also had a chance to catch some great new emerging bands as well. I linked up with UK’s Young Guns for a quick chat a day before the release of their new song “Mad World” off of their forthcoming album Echoes (Due out September 16th). The band gave us a little insight into their Warped Tour experience and what it’s like to keep running into bands they grew up listening to!
YOUNG GUNS INTERVIEW
SONIC HIGHLARK: Is Warped Tour a known festival back home in the UK?
FRASER TAYLOR (GUITAR // YOUNG GUNS): Yeah definitely, they have one date a year. It’s called Warped Tour UK. We all grew up downloading the compilations and stuff so it’s definitely a known thing.
SONIC: This is a traveling festival, so how often do you guys interact with other bands?
FRASER: Pretty much constantly.
GUSTAV WOOD (VOCALS // YOUNG GUNS): You can’t avoid it can you? It’s a lot of fun though, trapped in a bubble on this tour.
FRASER: It’s kind of like a circus.
GUSTAV: It’s kind of a good thing because A, it’s the nature of Warped Tour where we don’t know what time we’re playing and it keeps you on your toes. It is quite tiring and a lot of fun, but what’s really great is that we get to come into this world of Warped Tour surrounded by bands that in some cases we grew up listening to or in another we are listening to now as fans of music. It just feels like you’re part of something. It’s a really great feeling to be surrounded by peers and people you respect. Every evening the sun goes down and it’s a warm beautiful kind of American summer evening and everyone is hanging out having some beers. It feels like you’re involved in something really cool.
SONIC: Going off of what you just said, what are some bands that are playing on this tour that you grew up listening to?
FRASER: Umm, I’d say Every Time I Die. I’ve watched them 4 or 5 times I think.
SONIC: Have you ran into them yet?
FRASER: We’ve bumped into them a few times over the years, one time in Australia, stuff like that.
GUSTAV: It’s an awkward thing where we now recognize each other but we haven’t gone past that point yet. So that’s kind of cool. Even though you get to become friends with some of these bands, it is still unusual for me as a fan of music to see my guys talking to the dudes from New Found Glory or something. It feels like something weird is happening but still cool.