Warped Tour 2008 Interview: Travis of From First to Last

From First to Last is following up the Spring release of their self-titled album on Suretone Records with a summer-long stint on the Warped Tour. On the verge of breaking through to the next level, vocalist/guitarist Travis Richter took a few minutes to tell me what’s going on with the band and what’s in store for the future.

RnRnMN: How has the Warped Tour been treating you?

T: Greeeeat!

RnRnMN: What made you decide to join the Warped Tour this year? Has it lived up to your expectations?

T: It was a chance to play with a bunch of great bands and hang with good people. It has definitely lived up to my expectations and beyond!

RnRnMN: How does the Warped Tour compare to playing smaller shows?

T: It’s outdoors and you can easily get a bunch of new fans from the people just happening to walk by while you play.

RnRnMN: You seem to finally have yur line-up solidified. How does being on grueling schedule like the Warped Tour affect the dynamics within the band?

T: It makes us come together more and it makes us more on our ‘A’ game since we never know what time we are playing each day.

RnRnMN: Who is the best band you’ve seen on the Warped Tour this year?

T: Four Year Strong.

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?

T: Because of my short shorts.

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?

T: Well due to my current status, ending my long term relationship with Craig Beasley, I don’t mind the AT&T sponsorship. I wouldn’t mind it less if they gave us free phones. (laughs)

RnRnMN: What are your plans after the Warped Tour?

T: Taking a vacation to Costa Rica, aka my home in Orlando, FL.



See all of my coverage from the Warped Tour in Columbia, MD on July 16, 2008 here.

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bobvinyl, writer and co-editor of No Song is an Island, founded its predecessor, Rock and Roll and Meandering Nonsense (whose archives are found here), in 2005 and served as editor and principal contributor until it went on hiatus in 2010. He has also been published in AMP and Loud Fast Rules! (in print) as well as Glide and FensePost on the web. He has been an avid record collector since he was seven years old and enjoys sharing his love of music from the common to the esoteric.

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