Warped Tour 2008 Interview: Donovan Welsh of Animo
Animo is one of the Warped Tour's younger bands, but this isn't their first time out. A few years ago, they lobbied Kevin Lyman directly for a shot at playing and they've been out each year since. Here's what bassist Donovan Welsh had to say about this year's tour and what the band is up to otherwise.
RnRnMN: How has the Warped Tour been treating you?
DW: Its been pretty rad. The shows have been great and we have had a limited amount of rain out here. The days are long but its so much fun.
RnRnMN: You had to track down Kevin Lyman to get your first Warped Tour gig. How crucial was that to you as a band?
DW: It was one of the most if not the most crucial part of us keeping the band going. The Warped Tour is the perfect place for a band like ours. The audience knows that there will be new bands to check out, and they are geared towards our type of music. Kevin Lyman allows that to happen.
RnRnMN: How have things on the tour changed since those days?
DW: The bands change but the enviroment has always been cool. The biggest difference I think would be gas prices as they affect evrything to do with touring.
RnRnMN: How does paying to the big Warped Tour crowds compare to playing smaller shows?
DW: Playing Warped Tour is totally different as you have to "win over" the crowd. The competiton out here is thick, and you have a bunch of different stuff happening.
RnRnMN: Who is the best band you've seen on the Warped Tour this year?
DW: Against Me! is the best sounding band out here, they are nearly perfect everyday.
RnRnMN: There's a lot of bands to choose from. It's overwhelming when you get here and look at the schedule. Why should someone see you?
DW: Our show rules! Well, you are going to have fun at our show, thats for sure. We give it our all everyday out here and it shows.
RnRnMN: The Warped Tour has corporate sponsors like AT&T. How do you feel about that? Is it a good thing, a necessary evil or a sellout?
DW: I feel fine about it as it helps keep the ticket prices low and that means kids who don't normally go to shows to see new bands will be at Warped. Where else can you see that many bands for a low price?
RnRnMN: Blood in the Water has been out a few weeks. How has the reaction been?
DW: The reaction has been awesome. The record is selling well and kids are really into the new songs live. The record has been getting really great reviews so thats good.
RnRnMN: Tell me one good story from this year's tour.
DW: They have a sumo wrestling tournament once a week out here with those big suits. Brian, our guitar, player entered the other night and destroyed everyone. The matches are 2 out of 3 and Brian didn't lose once, it was so funny.
RnRnMN: What are your plans after the Warped Tour?
DW: We are up for a few tours and waiting to hear whats happening with that. But look for us to be on the road in the fall!
See all of my coverage from the Warped Tour in Columbia, MD on July 16, 2008 here.