When you have a talent that you’re passionate about, there is no bigger honor than getting the chance to share it with millions of people; for some musicians, Warped Tour is just that opportunity.
Two local hardcore/screamo bands, SkyeIsFalling and Motionless In White, will perform at Warped Tour on Sunday, July 27, at Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain.
Sunday’s performance won’t be the first for members of Wilkes-Barre’s Motionless In White; the band’s record label set them up with numerous stops on the tour, including Massachusetts and New York.
Although the band has had successful runs in different states, bass player Frank Polumbo feels there’s no place like home.
“The last week has been amazing, but nothing compares to playing our home Warped Tour,” said Polumbo. “There’s always so many people, and it’s great to see all of our friends.”
MIW has toured with Warped in previous years, but Polumbo explained that it’s just as big of an experience each and every time.
“I really can’t describe the feeling walking out onto that stage … having the fans screaming the second they see you, or chanting your name before you go on.” he said. “It truly is electric.”
The band is releasing a new album due in September, but copies will be available at the show as a Warped Tour exclusive.
SkyeIsFalling, from Hazleton, is new to the Warped scene and got its big break when it won a battle of the bands in Olyphant.
“When we won the battle, our jaws dropped and we were like ‘Wait, did they just call our name?,’” said guitarist Larry Domin. “We were so excited that we were the winners of this amazing experience.”
The band consists of Domin on guitar, Stephen Nicholas (drums), Stephus Prime (keyboards), Zachariah Jusinski (screaming vocals), James Petrilla (lead guitar) and Jamie Landon (singer/bass).
When asked about their genre of music, it was a tough thing for the band members to answer.
“We don’t like to limit ourselves,” said Domin.
“Each of us have different styles, and we like to incorporate every one of them into our songs,” Nicholas said. “We’re very emotion-based; whatever comes out, that’s what works.”
While the band has performed at places such as River Street Jazz Café and Nightcaps, it has never played a large venue such as Montage, nor a show as big as Warped Tour.
“We‘re finally getting the opportunity to tiptoe where all those other people we’ve admired have been,” said Jusinski. “All we’ve ever wanted was to be up on stage … it’s terrifying and humbling at the same time.”
The guys stressed the point that they wouldn’t be where they are today without the support of the local music scene.
“When we did the battle, there were people who drove an hour and a half just to support us,” said Nicholas.
“If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t be blessed enough to do what we do,” added Jusinski.
SkyeIsFalling expects a good turnout for the show and hopes everyone can enjoy the performance.
“We’ve worked so hard on this,” said Landon. “Hopefully it pays off and we’ll be lucky enough to get asked to play again.”
Both bands will play on the East Coast Indie Stage and expect to bring a great performance to their fans.
“It’s our favorite stop on the tour, so we’re definitely bringing the party to that stage,” said MIW’s Polumbo.
“We can guarantee a lot of high energy and emotion,” Domin, of SkyeIsFalling, said. “It will be the truest form of … music that you can get,” added Jusinski.
What: Warped Tour 08
Who: SkyeIsFalling, Motionless In White, Against Me!, The Academy Is…, Katy Perry, Gym Class
When: Sunday, July 27, noon
Where: Toyota Pavilion (1000
Montage Mountain Road, Scranton)
Cost: $24/general admission