The third day started out slowly as we all grumbled out of our sleeping zones, some lucky enough to score beds while the rest flopped out on the available couch space. Once the nessesary coffee and breakfast was found and devoured we made our way to Exit Real World Skateshop in the heart of northwest Portland. A super clean shop with all the right stuff and cool people, Exit had it dialed. Exit also linked us up with one of their team riders, Elliot Murphy, who would meet up with us at the Beaverton Park, his local stomping grounds.
New Music: Deep Chatham Featured
Written by Gina Porter and Tina Barnes, photos and interview by Tina Barnes.
You could call Deep Chatham a “gateway band”, as they blur the lines in categories of music with a style of folk that’s relevant to the current day. A band that someone, with no previous dixieland, folk or bluegrass exposure, could identify with and enjoy.
Emily and Siouxsie of Dead Sarah Featured
Dead Sara is a band that rocks, HARD... and has been hitting the road equally so. Fresh off tour with Chevelle, then The Used and an appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel show, Dead Sara jumped in head first to the 2012 Vans Warped Tour.
'12 Vans Warped Tour Recap Featured
The 2012 Vans Warped Tour has lived up to it's reputation, providing day after of day of high energy music and packed venues. Heckler's visit to the sold out San Francisco stop lived up to our expectations in every way. The music was sick, the people were rad, and the fun was non stop. The extreme energy Of Mice and Men got us into full gear as we checked out the signature Vans skate ramp. The combination of the two, presented itself as to make no mistake... this was classic Warped Tour style... and it was on!
The Used is a band that sits near and dear to my heart ever since the '02 release of their first, and self titled, album which features personal favorites "Blue and Yellow", "Maybe Memories" and "On My Own" (the first song I could ever play on guitar and sing at the same time). And so, it was quite a personal honor to converse with the front man, Bert McCracken, at the sold out Vans Warped Tour in San Francisco, which boasted 20,000+ in attendance. Bert shared with me the band's message and motivations, as well as their current creative endeavors. The mindset behind their latest album, Vulnerable, is described as follows on the band's website:
With the hot sun beating down on our lackluster campsite we all reluctantly started to get up and pack up our sprawling mess. An hour later with our broken trailer in tow we pulled into Government Camp in the shadow of Mt.Hood to meet up with friends Nicky “Nickman” Grieves and Brandon Cocard. Two classic friends and Portlandites whose hospitality and local knowledge would be indispensable to us during our stay.
With a typical late start, the crew rolled out of our Lake Tahoe home base in the dark hours of the morning. With just enough time to get out of the mountains before sunrise, we found ourselves barreling up the 395 North headed to Klamath Falls and our first park of the tour.
John and Eric continue on their journey down south following snowboarder Craig Kelly's historic trail and stop at the supernatural course to see what they can still shred - a full episode of fishing, cliff diving, and adventures.