As a band, how does playing something like Rock on the Range differ from Warped Tour, aside from the touring aspect?
Rock on the Range is a radio festival, so it’s very centered around rock radio. I think that a festival like that is seen more as a celebration or party for the people who are at the event and, often times, the people who work at the radio station. It’s very fun. I love Rock on the Range. We played it once before and it was one of the most fun days I’ve had in my life.
Warped Tour, from our perspective as a band, it’s more about the community of bands, traveling together and getting the chance to meet and mingle with other bands. There are fuckin’ 150 buses parked up next to the festival and you spend so much time over there meeting different people and bands that you wouldn’t think that you would necessarily become friends with. People you grew up idolizing become your friends. You go to barbecues together, whatever else. I met my girlfriend of two years at a Warped Tour. She was an artist on Warped Tour as well. We got together on Warped Tour. It’s sort of like punk rock summer camp.
Both are great experiences. Both are very different.