This is touted as Strap-On Tools (www.strapontools.org) biggest show to date. And I would definitely agree. There really is no denying that these guys are my friends, and I’d been following them for a little over a year by this point. I was there when they got the news of playing the festival and I was there for many of their rehearsals, as well as their practice show the week before.
The lineup consisted of the ever-ending members, Brandon (Brando) on Lead vocals and Guitar, Duncan (Dunk) on Lead guitar/Backing Vocals and Chad (Chaddy) on Drums. Relatively new to the SOT clan is their bassist, Mikey (Mikey S.)
This was my first time at Warped Tour, and it seems to be run like a chaotic military machine. Bands sign in early in the morning to find out what time they are playing. They are limited to an exact 10 minute set-up/sound check, 20 minute set, and 10 minute tear down. (For the stage Strap-On Tools were playing for anyways) Fans arrive not knowing when their favourite bands would play, and therefore begin to line up at the gates the night before to ensure the best spot in front of the proper stages.
Onto the set. Strap-On Tools were the lucky/unlucky recipient of the last spot of the day. Good because they can forever claim they headlined the Kevin Says/Hot Topic stage, which was surprisingly 100% powered by solar panels, bad because they were playing up against I believe Billy Talent and NO/FX on the two main stages at the exact same time.
20 minutes. The guys played an amazing 20 minutes. Timing themselves to the near second in which songs were to be played for interest, popularity, and length of the tracks. I would say they made good choices. Unveiling their newest song along with songs that have always been crowd favourites. Everything sounded fantastic.
The only strange part was, while I stood, took pictures, and pseudo-danced to the music, a group of two decided it would be a good idea to start a mosh pit in front of the stage, by running, full force, directly into me as my back was turned. I think my only reaction was to push one guy as he started running back towards his buddy and they continued to body-slam each other for the remainder of the chorus before leaving.
Definitely a great show, I just wish it were longer!