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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Warped Tour season is upon us once again. Some of us are seasoned veterans, but some of us are Warped Freshmen, so ATB is here to help! Our team has compiled a video series surrounding our favourite summer festival.

This video will help you figure out the best choices for what to wear!

What are your Warped Tour fashion tips?

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Warped Tour season is upon us once again. Some of us are seasoned veterans, but some of us are Warped Freshmen, so ATB is here to help! Our team has compiled a video series surrounding our favourite summer festival.

The first video of this series will help you make sure you’re prepared for another punk rock summer. See you there!

Are you going to any Warped Tour dates this summer?

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It has been just over a month since the Warped Tour 2017 lineup was announced and a little less than two months until the festival kicks off in Seattle, Washington. I don’t know about you, but this festival always gets me hyped. Warped Tour 2015 standouts Jule Vera are back for another round this summer and, trust me, if you miss their set, you’ll regret it.

In the past, Jule Vera has described their sound as a “cinematic kind of alternative pop-rock”, but their sound is so chameleon-like that it’s hard to box them into one genre. With a new single out this past March and an album on the way, the band consisting of Ansley Newman (vocals), Jake Roland (guitar), Will Stacey (bass), Kyle “Hogarth” Horvath (drums), and Chase Haws (guitar) are about to steal the hearts of Warped Tour attendees across America.

Shortly after signing with Pure Noise Records in January of 2015, the band teamed up with Alternative Press magazine to release their first single “One Little String.” Their EP titled Friendly Enemies was released in June of the same year—just in time for Warped Tour—and the band quickly became a crowd favourite. Also in 2015, Jule Vera found themselves at #2 on Alternative Press’ “Best Music Videos of 2015 so far” and landed a spot on the magazine’s “100 Bands You Need to Know in 2015.”

2016 was the year that Jule Vera would open for a number of bands, proving their worth and earning their spot in the alternative music scene. After months and months of their fans begging for new music, Jule Vera ended the metaphorical drought by releasing their new single titled “Lifeline” a beautifully uplifting anthem for today’s youth about choosing your own destiny.

We predict that 2017 will be Jule Vera’s biggest year yet, as they are already getting the recognition they deserve. In fact, Jule Vera (along with rock band Lydia) is the first act to sign to Pure Noise Records and Sony Music’s newest lovechild, Weekday Records.  Be sure to stream “Lifeline” so you can sing along with them at a Warped Tour nearest you.

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Ben Zucker, a photographer from the Central Coast of California, grew up loving music. It had such an influence on him that through the years that he transitioned from playing concerts to photographing them. Ever since then, he has been photographing anything that catches his creative eye, occasionally touring with numerous bands. Today, you can catch him on tour with alternative band Night Riots, photographing their every move. He took some time to sit down and answer our burning questions about tour life and the common misconceptions about photographers.

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This is Ben.


At The Barricade: If you could take your art in any direction without fear of failure or rejection, where would it lead? What new things would you try?

Ben Zucker: If I could take my art anywhere without fear of rejection, I would definitely try to do more combat photos. I really like mixed martial arts and I believe that the behind the scenes and training can be really interesting, kind of like bands behind the scenes. I’m not necessarily afraid of rejection but it is something I haven’t done yet that I plan on doing in the future. I think my knowledge of music photos and how I broke into this scene will definitely help with breaking into that scene. Start by taking photos of friends, then of their friends and just building from then on.

ATB: What is one thing you wish you knew when you started doing photography as a career?

BZ: I don’t really know if there was something I wish I knew before I started photography because I feel like you have to go through those awkward years. I spent so much time over-editing photos and testing out different things, but I really believe everything is a lesson so it just depends on how you learn from it all. I don’t like the photos that I took when I started but I learned a lot from just going out and shooting anything all the time.

ATB: Some photographers say that what they do allows them to see the world through a different lens (literally and figuratively). How does what you do affect the decisions you make in your everyday life?

BZ: Sometimes I feel like I see things through a lens all the time, not just when I’m taking photos. The other day I saw a man on the street and framed the image in my head but I didn’t have my camera with me and wasn’t thinking to take out my phone. Anything can be a scene and a composed image. Sometimes I’ll zone out of a situation and visualize it as if it were a photo or a movie. On a different note, this job really does allow me to see parts of the world I’d never seen until I started to tour and I’ve learned so much that I couldn’t have learned from staying in one place.

ATB: You’ve toured with Night Riots for quite a while, also doubling as their merch guy. What made you sure that you wanted to tour with them?

BZ: I’d gotten to know the guys in Night Riots for a while because we are from the same small town in California and I had been doing random photo or video things with them for a bit. I still felt stuck in life for a while and didn’t really know what I was doing with photography. I was working a comfortable job that wasn’t too hard but was constant, but when I got the call from Rico, the drummer of Night Riots, asking me to leave in a week for a month long tour I only hesitated for a few minutes before I said yes. I almost got so comfortable that I lost sight of what my ultimate goal was even when it was starring me in the face. It was a dream of mine to tour as a musician and then as a photographer so maybe it felt to good to be true, but it definitely was not. It was real life and it felt amazing.

ATB: I’d imagine that joining Night Riots tour after tour takes you to some pretty amazing places (Mexico in particular). Do you have any cool stories about the places you’ve traveled to?

BZ: I feel like I have a ton of cool stories from the road but because the people I travel with are some of the coolest guys in the world. If you’ve been to a show or met them, then you know what I mean and if you haven’t, then what are you waiting for? Mexico City was an amazing experience but I also remember a random time when I fell asleep in the van and Travis waking me up in Arkansas because the gas station was selling Butterfly Knives and he knew I wanted one. I think I remember that just as much as anything in Mexico. It’s the little things like that, that really stick out. As cheesy as it sounds, these guys have always pushed me to do things I was maybe scared or uncomfortable doing and its always paid off. Even the worst days are the best days because everyone is so rad to be around and has a lot of mutual respect for me and each other.

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ATB: What kinds of responsibilities come with joining a tour as an official photographer for the band?

BZ: There are a lot of responsibilities that come with joining a band as their photographer. I can only speak for myself but you’re rarely just a photographer. I’m the only crew member, so anything they need, I’ll be trying to help with. Luckily I tour with guys that have worked so hard to get where they are and haven’t had much help so they will definitely help me a lot but they give me my fair share of things to do. With photos I have to think about their vibe as well as things that are interesting for that moment but also beyond. On a different level I’ll think about what might they want when they are retired and looking back on these moments, so there are plenty of ideas to keep in mind when just doing photos. When you go on tour as a photographer, there is never really a bad time to take photos. Every band and objective is different but for the most part, you’re documenting their life in that moment, so I always try and keep my equipment out and ready.

ATB: What is something people assume about your career that isn’t necessarily true?

BZ: A big thing that people assume about my career that isn’t totally true is that they need to go to school for photography. I get that question a lot and I hear that question get asked to many other photographers. It isn’t like going to photography school is bad, the more you can learn the better, but is it needed? I don’t think so. A lot of the job has to do with skill but it also has to do with your personality, and who you know. When on tour, I’m essentially living with 5 other guys and I’m with them all the time, so if I’m exhausting to be around, then they will find someone else. It isn’t that shallow but obviously no one wants to hang with someone that has a bad attitude because that will make the road so much harder. Some people have different personalities and that is totally fine, I don’t want to pretend like the road is always just a bunch of insanely happy smiling people because it isn’t. I’ve met way more awesome people than lame people though and I’m really thankful for that.

ATB: Personally, I’m a huge fan of every aspect of concerts and music in general, and my biggest dream is to tour with a band like Night Riots as a music journalist. Since you started out in the industry as both a fan and musician, are there still times when your inner fanboy comes out and you have to mentally pinch yourself to see if you’re dreaming? Could you share some advice about breaking into the business?

BZ: On the road, mostly in the van, I try to sit there and look at where I am physically and mentally and appreciate how far I’ve come and the great opportunities I’ve had. I try not to take anything for granted because you can’t get too comfortable with this career. If I could share any advice for breaking into this career or really any photography career, it would be to first really learn it. Go out and practice, learn the ways around your camera, try different styles. You can figure out the jobs and the shows and all that but learning your camera and trying to shoot in different settings and scenarios will only make those jobs easier. You’ll never stop learning, from other photographers, movies, or music. Take all the inspiration in and let it fuel you. I’ve met so many amazing people, I feel inspired everyday by them to always strive to inspire others around me.

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For anyone that wants to talk more about this, please come out to a Night Riots show and talk to me at the merch table!


If you could photograph and tour with any band, who would it be?

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I was not by any means front row for Waterparks’ show in San Antonio, Texas, but even from the back of the venue, I felt their energy.

The pop-punk trio from Houston truly took full advantage of the sold-out headlining show to pack a punch in a 60-minute set. In the few years that band mates Awsten, Geoff, and Otto have been touring, they’ve transformed from awkward and clumsy guys with guitars to performers who own every inch of the stage and every minute of their set. Every tour they have under their belt has paid off, and for only just releasing their debut album a mere three months ago, these boys already have a ridiculously huge following. This experience showed in every note Awsten belted, every chord Geoff strummed, and every beat Otto drummed.

The band opened the show with the crowd-pleasing bop “Made in America” and the energy of both them and the audience was in full swing. Within seconds, the band had everyone jumping and dancing, even the people who were only there for the co-headliners. It was clear that everyone was there to have a good time, regardless of whether or not they knew every word. The band transitioned smoothly from songs from their new album like “Stupid For You” and “Gloom Boys” to ones that only true 90’s kids would remember like “I’m a Natural Blue”.

There was never a lull in between songs, thanks to frontman Awsten. He was witty without ever trying too hard to be likeable. Every teenage girl from the crowd was drawn to his charm—one even asked him to prom (but he kindly turned her down). Giddy squeals came from everywhere and it was so loud that I felt like I was witnessing boyband-level hysteria…but from a pop-punk band? Does that even happen? Apparently so, and I was impressed to say the least.

I grew even more impressed when the line for Waterparks’ impromptu meet-and-greet wrapped around an entire room, with fan after fan pining to get a picture with the good-looking and kindhearted guys. The band took their time talking to everyone, and it was clear how appreciative the guys were that they came to the show. The hugs were long and sweet and the pictures were even sweeter. When their manager announced it was time for the band to hit the road, the boys insisted on doing a “speed round” of hugs and pictures. Honestly, how refreshing is that???

Overall, Waterparks’ performance was tight, fun, and exciting. The guys play their instruments well and their fun style and charming flair shows through in every song. Basically everything that is good about a pop-punk show was found in this one, from the infectious choruses to the sweet harmonies and the catchy hooks. This was the fourth time I had seen them live and I honestly couldn’t be happier about the band they’re becoming. Be sure to catch one of their shows before they blow up—and trust me, they will—and are catapulted into fame.

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Mobina Galore - Feeling Disconnected review // AtTheBarricade.net

Mobina Galore

Feeling Disconnected


Released: February 24, 2017
Label: New Damage Records

I am ashamed that prior to this album review, I had never even heard of Canadian punk duo Mobina Galore, but let me tell you, I sure know who they are now. Following the success of their 2014 album Cities Away, the group decided to head in a different direction with their sophomore release Feeling Disconnected, and this album is not for the faint of heart. This is music for destroying your bedroom and tearing your posters from your walls because you’re just pissed off at the world and everyone in it. If Mobina Galore hasn’t been added to the roster of badass punk rock women who exude coolness (read: Sleater-Kinney, 7 Year Bitch, The Slits) that needs to change immediately.

Feeling Disconnected opens with “Start All Over”, a booming track about being “brokenhearted”, but having the determination to get your life back (or at least try). It is here that the listener is introduced to the theme of detachment that runs throughout the entire album. As the listener moves from tracks like “Nervous Wreck” and (my personal favorite) “Losing Time”, they are transported through a narrative that Mobina Galore has written where they are slowly coming to grips with insanity. From stories about feeling alienated from friends to being disregarded in a place one calls “home”, this album will have a song for everyone who feels like they’re having an existential crisis. Every track is an honest reflection of life and the messy days that occupy it.

This album is laden with crunchy, powerful guitars and fearless lyrics, which are utterly relatable. The instrumentation is messily charming and the vocals fill the listener’s ears with a sweet rasp that you won’t be able to get enough of. If you want to feel empowered, if you’re feeling pissed off, or if you’re just…feeling disconnected (sorry…I had to), put some red lipstick on, slip into your best “Females Are the Future” shirt, and play this album at full blast.

Be sure to catch them on their upcoming tour so you can shout every lyric to every song with them.

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Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness album review // AtTheBarricade.net

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

Zombies on Broadway


Release date: February 10, 2017
Label: Vanguard Records

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness’ sophomore release Zombies on Broadway is finally here and if you thought Twilight brought you mixed feelings, you clearly have not listened to this album. Mostly everyone knows Andrew McMahon as the artist behind “Cecilia and the Satellite”, the summer song of 2015. But this multi-faceted singer-songwriter is also known for being the frontman—and founder—of the indie-pop band Jack’s Mannequin. McMahon’s previous album under his solo project proved to be an attention grabber after it peaked at number 21 on the US Billboard 200 and there was excitement from his fans surrounding this album as well. However, I begrudgingly conclude that this is a let down (a pretty small one, though).

Despite the fact that McMahon explores more serious subjects such as the guilt of being on tour with a wife and daughter at home (“Dead Man’s Dollar”), much of the cuts come off as a bit disingenuous. This album is much more radio-friendly—which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it is a far cry from the originality that dominated his self-titled. And even though the choruses are melodic and fun, by the time the listener gets to the last song of the album, they’ll find the songs to be…well, repetitive and monotonous.

This isn’t to say that there aren’t some beautiful songs found on Zombies on Broadway. Cuts like “Fire Escape” truly stand out amongst its colorless siblings (seriously, just imagine this song being played during the closing scene of a coming-of-age John Hughes film), and it makes up for the dull, hollow instrumentation that occupies the remainder of the album, “So Close” in particular.

All in all, this album is fine and if you’re a die-hard fan of McMahon’s, you’ll probably find much more positive things to say about it. But for his occasional listeners, giving this album a whirl simply will leave you unchanged (and if you’re okay with that, go ahead and stream it). It’s good for mindless listening, but it lacks the gravitas and risk-taking that we expected from an artist like Andrew McMahon. I’m hoping Zombies will sound better live, though, because I did buy a ticket to see him on his upcoming tour…

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