WURPED TURRRR!!! was the battle cry of the hot, hot Saturday the University Pulse team went down south to Salt Lake to attend the one and only nationwide punk rock festival. Thankfully, the heat was tempered with the awesomeness of the bands I saw. See below for more epicness from that sweaty, fun day:

Every Time I Die:

Vocalist Keith Buckley of Every Time I Die

Parkway Drive:

Vocalist Winston McCall of Parkway Drive

The Devil Wears Prada:

Vocalist Mike Hranica of The Devil Wears Prada
Clean Vocalist Jeremy DePoyster of The Devil Wears Prada

Mayday Parade:

Vocalist Derek Sanders of Mayday Parade

Enter Shikari !!!!!

Vocalist Rou Reynolds just died :)
Bassist Chris Batten playing the bass INSIDE OF A MOSH PIT during “The Paddington Frisk”.

It was Chris’ birthday!!! And he got a special birthday “balloon” on his microphone ;)
Ah dang, I can’t believe Warped Tour’s over!

The band dominates!
Drummer Alex Lopez
Lead Guitarist Mark Heylmun and Rhythm Guitarist Chris Garza
Guitarist Mark Heylmun looking epic
Rhythm Guitarist Chris Garza
Playing the geetar
You can’t stop vocalist Eddie Hermida!!!

Here’s an interview conducted with vocalist Eddie Hermida. He talked about taking the reins from recently deceased vocalist Mitch Lucker, the band’s new album and what the band’s future could look like.

The mega-cool drum kit before the band takes the stage.


Rhythm Guitarist Diego Verduzco and Lead Guitarist Ahrue Luster


Percussionist Oscar Santiago


The band!


Vocalist Cristian Machado being HxC m/


Percussionist Oscar Santiago bangin’ da bongos
Vocalist Cristian Machado in crooning mode. Awwww
Drummer Dave Chavarri
The band, again!

During my time at Mayhem Festival, I stopped by the Truth Truck to see what they were up to. If you don’t know what the Truth Truck is or even what the Truth organization does, here’s a synopsis from their website:

“truth® is the largest national grassroots smoking prevention campaign for youth.

As part of a larger tour, truth will visit more than 50 cities and 25 states this summer and fall. At each stop, the truth zone will feature:
- A fun and engaging atmosphere, including games, music, contests and giveaways – allowing truth tour riders to discuss tobacco issues with teens in a non-preachy way.
- Interactive activities that will challenge local teens to learn truth facts, and share them through social media
- truth-branded gift items include: T-shirts, hats, and flip flops.”

In addition to picking up a couple of cool T-shirts with sweet designs and anti-tobacco messages on them, I also snapped a few photos of the games their youth leaders were playing outside the truck.

Outside the Truth Truck

Vocalist/Bassist Ryan Neff of Miss May I
Bassist Ryan Neff and Rhythm Guitarist B.J. Stead doing backup vocals.
The band rocking out
More of the band rocking out
Rhythm Guitarist/Backup Vocalist B.J. Stead
Lead Guitarist Justin Aufdemkampe and Rhythm Guitarist B.J. Stead
Drummer Jerod Boyd behind the kit
Guitarist Justin Aufdemkampe doin’ his thing
Vocalist Levi Benton being a badass
Mr. Levi Benton and his epic hair, everybody

Mushroomhead and their stage setup
Harsh vocalist/rapper J-Mann of Mushroomhead
Guitarist Church of Mushroomhead
Keyboardist/turntablist ST1TCH of Mushroomhead
Jeffrey Nothing of Mushroomhead
Drummer Skinny of Mushroomhead
Guest vocalist Jackie Laponza of Unsaid Fate performing “We Are the Truth” with Mushroomhead
Roberto Diablo and ST1TCH of Mushroomhead on water drums


I got the chance to interview vocalist Brandon Butler and guitarist Marc Okubo of Veil of Maya during Mayhem Fest. We talked about their roles in the band, songwriting inspirations and the band’s next album coming this fall. You can check out the video below:

(Note: I realize the video and audio are not of the greatest quality, and at one point, it is very hard to hear Marc over the din of other people in the room. I did my best with the camera I had. Most of the interview is clear and salvageable, however.)

Your Resident Pulse Music Director here!

Wednesday, July 9 ,2014. The day I attended my first Mayhem Festival.

I had already been familiar with the Idaho Center in Nampa as an outdoor venue, when I came out to Warped Tour 2011 in mid-August of that year. Specifically, I remembered how hot and sunburned I became at the end of that day, and how the skin on the back of my neck was peeling off for weeks after the festival (what could be more metal than that?). Vowing not to repeat the past, I brought a small bottle of sunscreen just for this new occasion and applied it sporadically throughout the day. No peeling this time, thank goodness!