" That's right, starting today at 10am (local time in your area), you can be amongst the very first to score tickets through our special PRE-SALE SITE. For just under $28, you'll receive a ticket to the show AND the new Vans Warped Tour 2005 CD compilation -- that's LESS than what it will cost you at the show! The price covers all shipping and service fees too."
I not only bought the Van's tickets for myself and two teenaged grandchildren at pre-sale, but I upgraded them so we'll each get a compilation CD of the artists at last years Vans, a twelve-month subscription to some punk magazine, and the right to move to the head of the line at any meet-and-greets at this years tour. Those extras I paid for don't mean a lot to me, but they'll be great for the kids!
The way Van's Tour works, there are four stages, and there are often two (or more) bands playing at once. So you take the racuous sound of punk and multiply it times however many are playing at the same time.
Amber doesn't come out much any more, so I'm not current on the latest alternative groups. Therefore, I've never heard of any of these bands:
Fall Out Boy
No Use For A Name
The Starting Line
All American Rejects
Bedouin Sound Clash
Another Damn Disappointment
Hidden in Plain View
Plain White T's
The Twenty Twos
From First to Last
However, last year I'd never heard of Story of the Year or Sugarcult, and there are certain songs I like by both of those groups. I'm searching on Yahoo music, checking out videos by some of these groups I've never heard of. I don't like the songs where they simply scream; I like a melody. And believe it or not, some punk rock groups have songs with actual melodies.
If I find some nice melodies by any of these bands, I'll be at their stages (but in back of the young crowd... one mosh pit experience was enough for me).