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Since 1995, Warped Tour has been the must go to festival of the summer. One of the coolest things about this summer-long event is those few precious minutes where we are able to catch a quick word with the musicians who make the tour worth seeing. Follow along with S16’s Warped Tour rep Cindy McBride as she tells the tales of bands like GWAR, Alestorm, Fit For A King, and more! Today’s Warped Tour interview is with Massachusetts’s metalcore veterans, The Acacia Strain.
For decades upon decades, photojournalists and reporters alike have had a chance to sit down for a few minutes with some of the best musicians in the world on Vans Warped Tour. Fans would eagerly await in their local gas station for that new issue of their favorite magazine to get those few precious pages worth of words that actually came out of the mouths of their musical idols. I was one of those kids, and I would never in a million years have ever dreamed that one day I would be in the shoes of those reporters, my guts trembling with nerves as I did my first ever interview on Warped. Luckily for me, my first interview was with one of the most chill guys who made me feel right at home in that press trailer.
//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsTom Smith, guitarist for The Acacia Strain, has been playing with the band for a little over a year. Smith also plays guitar for the metal/hardcore group called Phantom Pain. The Acacia Strain released their latest album, Gravebloom, on June 30th while the group was out on Warped Tour.
“We finished it last year, and it just took a while to get out for a lot of reasons,” said Smith. With the strict time limit on individual sets for Warped Tour, The Acacia Strain is only playing one track off of the new album, the album’s lead single “Bitter Pill.”
Obviously being in North Carolina for the day in at the beginning of July, the bands and everyone in attendance are going to not just be dealing with the extreme, and at times muggy weather, but the freak thunderstorms that like to show up out of nowhere. When asked what Tom enjoyed about Warped Tour so far, he was quick with his answer: “Pretty much everything but the sun, but obviously that’s not the festival’s fault. It’s been the most fun tour I’ve ever been on, I get to hang out with my friends, and of course the crowd surfing.”
With any tour you’re, playing a show a day, packing up, and traveling to the next location, you’re going to have some down time. What’s a better way to spend your time than listening to the bands you will be touring with all summer?
“I would say a couple actually,” replied Smith when asked who he was excited to see on Warped. “One band I knew about prior but finally got to see them, was the band Movements. They’re on the Full Sail stage, and I listened to their EP last year and it was one of my favorite records. So pretty much everyday I can I go and watch their set.”
Going back to traveling for months on end, in sometimes small spaces, it’s inevitable that someone is going to end up getting on your nerves. The little on-going joke about leaving banana peels in the sink can go from being hilarious to downright annoying with the drop of a hat. When we asked Tom who had the most annoying habit out of the guys in The Acacia Strain we actually got a surprise.
“I’d have to say probably me, maybe other people would disagree, but I find myself kind of annoying sometimes,” admitted Smith. “I over sleep a lot, and I probably ask a lot of dumb questions.”
//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsWhen our questions were out of the way the fun began as Tom gave our bag of crayons a questioning look. We asked the bands to draw a little something so their fans can have a chance of winning an original piece.
“I can’t draw to well, but I can do a mean stick figure,” said Smith, smiling as he grabbed a blue crayon and began to draw. “He’s holding a can of polar seltzer because that’s my favorite drink ever.”
Tom laughed as he handed back out crayons and his masterpiece. If you are a fan of The Acacia Strain, or a super fan of Tom, and want a chance to win his masterpiece, all you have to do is retweet this article to be entered into our drawing!