July has brought about many exciting things for yours truly in the world of music and celebration (and the occasional disappointment) but in the midst of the supernova that is summer 2012, I had my first taste of something completely different – Vans Warped Tour.
With their seventh album, Yellowcard has left the majors in favor of their indie roots. I’ve been a champion of this band ever since I heard their breakthrough record Ocean Avenue (2003), which spawned the massive hit with the same name. The post-punk band had a knack for imbuing their youthful anthems with the sun-soaked atmosphere of Southern California, and brought a unique element to the table with the use of violin amidst crushing guitars. As unintuitive as that may sound, the band’s formula actually works and creates a sound like none other out there – modern pop punk with a virtual Celtic twist.
Lost Without Cause are an Alternative Rock, three piece outfit hailing from Watford, Herts, UK. They have been playing together since their formation in 2004, and so far have played well over 200 gigs with the likes of My Passion, Saving Aimee, Fei Comodo, Koopa, The Runners and Linchpin.
To give you a little background information on Lost Without Cause: in 2007 the band was selected by MTV as part of their new talent initiative program, which involved a live performance and an interview which aired on MTV2 throughout April, May and June 2007. In July 2007 they visited and recorded a live session in the world famous Maida Vale Studios, and in November 2007, after progressing to the 3rd round of an International Battle of the Bands, were invited to play at the London Astoria 2. The gig was a massive success and the band progressed onto the 4th round where they once again played the London Astoria 2. In July 2008 they were selected by Bon Jovi from over 400 acts as one of the Top 20 bands with the chance to support them at their Twickenham show. Unfortunately, after an online vote, they narrowly missed out.