Eyes on the Skyline, a Southern California-based band with a growing following, is just one of many burgeoning bands looking to earn more recognition and credibility from perhaps the most visible rock tour in music today.
With their self-titled EP already released on iTunes, the band is hoping to tour this summer on the famed hardcore Vans Warped Tour, founded by Kevin Lyman.
The tour extends from mid-June through early August. Some main-stage headliners include veterans New Found Glory, All Time Low, Falling in Reverse and Taking Back Sunday.
Eyes on The Skyline have recently been featured as a competitor against other punk and rock bands for the 16th annual Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands. This is a chance for them to earn a spot on the popular summer tour.
The screamo rock band was formed by vocalist Doug Dunlap. The remainder of the lineup is Sean Powell and Jonny Roa on guitar, the bassist Duncan Murray and Brad Williams on drums.
The band released a self-titled EP on iTunes in early 2012, featuring EZPZ, Phone Dying TTYL Bro, I Am The Dread Pirate Roberts, Grab Your Nerf Guns, Boys (Let's Do This), Little Shred Riding Hood, and We Who Walk.
These songs are stirring up an Internet sensation to go along with their screamo cover to Carly Rae Jenson's Call Me Maybe, which can be seen on YouTube.
Dunlap recalls his first experience attending the Warped Tour as a part of the crowd.
I feel more like myself at Warped than anywhere else. At work or school, I was always quiet to myself. When I go to Warped, I come out of it. It's like I'm like on stage.
According to Powell, the Warped Tour is a community. It brings all ages of people together because that's what music does!
The band finds out if they were selected at the end of June.
In addition to being a part of the running for Vans Warped Tour, Eyes on the Skyline will be performing several dates in June and July in the Los Angeles area, and will be on the bill of the Simi Valley Music Festival all summer.