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By Sarah Mudler
Tinley Park, Ill.
Armed with sunscreen, bottled water and an all-access pass, I spent a sweltering summer day at the Vans Warped Tour on July 9 at the Tinley Park, Ill., stop of the 2011 Vans Warped Tour at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre. With colorful Mohawks and neon-colored T-shirts covering festivalgoers as far as the eye could see, I caught great sets from tour mainstays Less Than Jake to newbie dubstep DJ Big Chocolate, and everything in between.
While trying to escape the heat in the press room, I had the pleasure of sitting down and chatting with pop/punk outfit Every Avenue's David Ryan Strauchman (vocals/piano), Joshua Withenshaw (guitar) and Jimmie Deeghan (guitar/backup vocals). The Michigan-bred rock darlings first formed in 2003 and have since released three full-length albums and toured with the likes of All Time Low, Hit The Lights and the Maine. Their 2009 release, Picture Perfect, peaked at No. 20 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart. This year marks Every Avenue's third Vans Warped Tour appearance, but the first time the guys will spend the entire summer on the road. The band is set to release their fourth full-length album, Bad Habits, on Aug. 2.
Check out my interview with the band below, and click here to catch them in a city near you.
Set List (partial)
"Whatever Happened To You"
"Where Were You?"
"Think Of You Later (Empty Room)"
(A Midwest girl at heart, Sarah Mudler joined The Recording Academy Chicago Chapter in 2004. Coming from a Detroit rock background, she has expanded her musical interests into everything from pop to blues to jazz to gospel, and even a little country now and again. She can be seen haunting local Chicago venues almost every night of the week, and is currently the Senior Project Manager for the Chicago Chapter.)