“It’s amazing to be able to talk about what it means to be an individual with goals and aspirations, but have your character amplified by service as a Soldier. I am unique; I am still me.” says Campbell.“The Army is a place where we can use our musical talents and skill sets to benefit a team – a incredible team of individuals who wear the same uniform and work for the same purpose: the protect the rights and life of the American people as we know it.”
We are SO grateful. Corrin has done the tour in the past as a solo artist, but this is really our first tour as a band. Not many bands get to start out doing an amazing tour like Warped, and it’s a huge honor to be invited to it!
2. What or Who are you most excited to see on the tour this year ?
Gosh, there are SO many incredible bands out this year. Obviously, the Warped veterans like Less Than Jake, New Found Glory, Sum 41 – even Good Charlotte is coming out this year, plus getting to hear Yellowcard live every day before they say goodbye! We’re also really excited about some of the newer bands to the tour, like Palaye Royale, SYKES, Mother Feather, and With Confidence. Corrin has also toured before with a bunch of the bands, like Teenage Bottlerocket, Knuckle Puck, State Champs, and Emarosa – we love cheering on our former stage family members!
3. If you had your pick..What would be your favorite song to play on stage?..And Why?
Probably “What You Wanted”. It’s one of our hardest rocking songs, and it has great energy. We have it as our set closer, and everybody’s really into it by then; it’s just so fun to rock out with the audience to it.
WOW, that’s a hard one. Probably… “The Pretender” by Foo Fighters. The song has great contrast, and the lyrics are pretty cut-throat. There’s a vulnerable angst in it that so many people can identify with, and the music is just incredible.
5. If you had anything to change in the music industry what would it be,and how would you change it if you have a chance to do it?
As an independent band that doesn’t use supporting tracks or AutoTune, we’d love to see bands really amp up their musicianship and embrace their live sound. There’s no judgement, of course, but supplemental tracks are becoming the norm more and more in the live scene because fans want to hear the record live. It takes away some of the vulnerability of music, though. Fans would have to WANT it, of course, but we’d love to see music enthusiasts really support their favorite artists exactly as they are, without the perfection.We’d also love to see more bands embrace being independent. Obviously, labels are a huge part of what makes the music industry go ’round, and we’re not label haters or anything. But so many bands end up having to compromise their writing, their image, or the art in some way to make “marketing” sense. Again, this is fan-driven, but with as little money as artists really make off their recordings in the digital age, it’d be awesome to see more bands going the independent route and own their recordings so they can actually make money.
6. Name one group that you would want to do your farewell tour with?
Just ONE? Well, the Foo Fighters obviously rock. We love Paramore. Jimmy Eat World is amazing. BUT, if we had to pick just one, we’d probably pick Hoobastank. A lot of people aren’t really up with what they’ve been doing as much lately, but their music is incredible and the band is made up of awesome guys. They rock hard, and their more recent release, Fight or Flight, really should’ve gotten more attention than it did.
“Our Time Now”. It’s not on our debut album. It was a held-back single that we released right at the start of Warped Tour. But it’s really about how it’s our generation’s opportunity, responsibility even, to make this era in history great. In a time where the media has all of us, as a nation, so polarized and divided, it’s really a time for us to come together and promote love, not hate. From the tragedy in Orlando to the very scary political anger that’s out there, we have the power to demand acceptance, to abolish hate of those different from one another. We can fight the “click-bait” and demand unbiased media coverage of the issues so we can really get to the truth. We can support those different from us because we all have the right to choose, which is the whole point of being from a country that’s free and diverse. We’re very “pro-pro and anti-anti”. We’re all for being positive about what you love, but don’t be negative about what you don’t understand. And that’s what “Our Time Now” is really about.
Best thing is the fans. And that’s not a line, it’s true. Each new face is one we try to memorize, because anyone coming out to support us this early in our band is someone who deserves our attention and loyalty. Though we spend a lot of time online chatting with fans, seeing them in person really allows us to get to know a special few and remember them the next time we see them. Our music is a vulnerable and true expression of who we are, so if someone identifies with it, we’re on the same team.Worst thing… just missing home. Traveling and meeting people is awesome, but sometimes it’s great to be able to go home and show love to the people who have really supported us from the start. None of us would be where we are without them.
It’s most definitely a community. The bands, the crew and staff, the fans. We’re all out here sweating, working, surviving for the love of music. Everyone out here is putting music in front of comfort, and pulls together in the name of loving music! It’s an incredible thing to experience together and such a huge element of who we all are, whether on the stage, behind it, or off of it. There’s nowhere in the world that illustrates that as authentically as Warped Tour. We’re honored to be a part of it!