Since I was about 14 years old, band shirts have been a huge part of my wardrobe. It is one of the easiest ways to show who you are or what you like through your wardrobe without putting much effort or money into what you are wearing, which is especially great for younger people since they usually don’t have much money to spend or have parents that limit what they can spend on clothes.
When I was a teenager my collection was enormous compared to what I have now and included bands that I haven’t listened to in years. Now it is more refined but it is still changing and I view this as something pretty personal like a small window into who I am.
Warped Tour has been a huge part of my life for the past 6 years, I have been attending every summer since 2012 and this year will be my seventh time attending. Sadly it will also be the last full tour that they will be doing which means that it will also probably be the last time I attend. These shirts are ones that I almost never wear but keep for memories.
Every Time I Die
Every Time I Die is a band that my husband and I both love and have seen together many times. Their music is uniquely amazing and has very intelligent lyrics that I appreciate much more than simple radio music that, while it sounds great too, usually doesn’t make you think. I love anything that makes you think and feel.
These shirts are ones that I purchased at shows. Most of the time I don’t buy any merch at shows but for these I couldn’t resist especially after learning about how horrible the contracts that bands sign can be, some don’t make any money from music sales and tour for everything. I have no idea if any of these bands are in that kind of situation but buy merch just in case.
I am not a huge fan of a lot of GWAR songs but their live performances are so amazing and theatrical that I keep going back to see them every time they are in town. Ghost is a great concept band, their music and performances blend so well together that seeing them perform in a small theatre is like going to the most hypnotic satanic church service. The Black Dahlia Murder is very outside of what I usually listen to but I am a sucker for people who thrive on stage and appear to have been born to perform the way that they do. Last but definitely not least, is Slipknot. Most music lovers in Iowa are overly proud of the success of Slipknot as if the band has anything to do with them personally. Everyone in Des Moines claims to have some sort of connection to current or past members (even my dad has friends that claim to have partied with members in high school). Seeing the band in their home state is insane and I highly recommend it to any fans no matter where you are from.
The Misfits are by far my favorite band of all time and one of my favorite live music experiences was seeing Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein perform with his band Doyle in a small club, while standing only a few feet away from him. The only thing that could top that would be to see the original Misfits play but unfortunately none of the reunion shows have been anywhere near me.
These shirts hold a sentimental place in my heart and though the music I listen to changes, I don’t think they will be going anywhere anytime soon.
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