|Origin||Albany, New York|
Derek Discanio |
Ryan Scott Graham
William Goodermote |
State Champs (stylized sometimes as STATE CHAMPS) is an American pop punk band from Albany, New York, formed in 2010. They are currently signed to Pure Noise Records and have released three EPs and three full-length albums. They released an acoustic EP titled The Acoustic Things in October 2014 and their second full-length album Around the World and Back one year later, in October 2015. In May 2017, they released a deluxe version of their album Around the World and Back, along with a DVD of footage from their last few tours. Their 2013 full-length, The Finer Things, debuted at number 2 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart. Their third album, Living Proof, was released on June 15, 2018.
- 1 History
- 2 Style
- 3 Accolades
- 4 Band members
- 5 Discography
- 6 References
Formation and early releases (2010–2012)
State Champs formed in the spring of 2010 in Albany, New York by founding members lead guitarist Tyler Szalkowski and lead singer Derek DiScanio. Shortly after forming, they self-released EP 2010 in August, which was followed by their second self-released EP, Apparently, I’m Nothing, in January 2011. This EP contained several new songs and 2010 EP in its entirety. In July, the band toured with The Tired and True and Call It Fiction. In April 2012, interest in a demo of "Critical" helped the band gain a recording contract, a management company and a booking agency. On April 19, it was announced that the band signed to Pure Noise. In mid-June, the group recorded their next EP with Jay Maas at Getaway Recording Studio.
"Critical" was made available for streaming on July 12. In July and August, the band toured with With the Punches and Forever Came Calling on The PropertyOfZack Tour. "Remedy" was made available for streaming on August 9. The band released the Overslept EP in September through Pure Noise. In September and October, the band supported Handguns, then supported Citizen the following month. The band toured alongside Hit the Lights, A Loss for Words and With the Punches in December. The group then supported Vanna on their holiday tour, dubbed Home for the Holidays.
The Finer Things and The Acoustic Things (2013–2015)
Originally, the band was supposed to support Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! on their Pardon My French Tour in March and April 2013; instead Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! went on tour with A Day to Remember, resulting in State Champs supporting Handguns on their Pardon My Angst tour in March. The band finished recording their debut full-length with producer Sam Pura at The Panda Studios and co-producer and former New Found Glory guitarist Steve Klein in Fremont, CA in May 2013. The group supported New Found Glory on their west coast tour in June, before supporting Cartel.
Their debut full-length album, The Finer Things, was released on October 8, 2013. It debuted at #2 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, selling a little over 3,100 copies in the first week of release. To support the album, the band supported Motion City Soundtrack and Bayside on a fall tour in North America. The band spent a majority of 2014 touring in support of The Finer Things. The band started their busy 2014 schedule in March with their first full United States tour, opening for We Are The In Crowd, William Becket, Set It Off and Candy Hearts. Shortly after completing this tour, the band headed on tour overseas for the first time to support pop-punk band The Wonder Years and A Loss for Words. The tour routed throughout the UK and mainland Europe.
The band performed on the Kevin Says stage for the 2014 installment of the Vans Warped Tour occasionally playing the main Kia Soul stage. During the tour, it was announced that the band would also be co-headlining the 2014 Pure Noise Records Tour with Handguns, with support from Forever Came Calling, Front Porch Step, Heart to Heart and Brigades. On October 7, 2014, the band released an acoustic EP titled The Acoustic Things which featured acoustic versions of five tracks from The Finer Things as well as two new songs.
Around the World and Back (2015–2017)
The band opened for All Time Low on that group's Future Hearts tour in spring 2015, and then opened for 5 Seconds of Summer in June 2015 in Australia and New Zealand. On July 15, the band announced their second album, Around the World and Back, would be released on October 16; by November, the album had reached number 30 on the US Billboard Top 200 albums chart. The band began a co-headlining world tour in the UK with Neck Deep in February 2016, with support from Creeper and Light Years. The tour continued in the US and Canada in February and March with support from Knuckle Puck and Like Pacific. Official music videos were produced for two of the album's singles, "All You Are Is History" and "Secrets".
While touring with Neck Deep in March, both bands also appeared on the cover of that month's issue of Alternative Press Magazine. After their co-headlining US tour, the band then supported A Day to Remember with Parkway Drive on the Just Some Shows tour in the US during the month of May 2016.
It was then announced that State Champs would once again be joining the 2016 Vans Warped Tour for the entire length of the tour, mainly playing on the Journeys Right Foot Stage. Post Warped Tour, State Champs made an appearance at an intimate acoustic show with Sleeping with Sirens on August 25. The show took place at London's Union Chapel as a warm-up show prior to a festival appearance. That same weekend they then opened the main stage at Reading and Leeds Festivals, in England. In addition to touring and festival appearances, the band also contributed to "Rock Sound Presents: The Black Parade", a compilation of My Chemical Romance covers released in September 2016. Within the album, they contributed a cover of the song "The Sharpest Lives." 
On March 21, 2017, the band released the single, "Slow Burn" and announced the release of a deluxe edition on Around the World and Back on May 5, with two new songs ("Slow Burn" and "Hurry Up and Wait"), two live songs ("All You Are Is History" and "Elevated") and two acoustic songs ("Secrets" and "Losing Myself"). Also announced was the release of a full-length DVD, directed by Elliot Ingham. Member Tony Diaz took a small break from the band the return to Viper City with Recon.
Living Proof (2017–present)
Around late November 2017, Derek posted a picture on his Instagram with the caption "just finished recording vocals on the last song of the new record". Following this during early March 2018, State Champs posted what looked to be a set for a music video on their Instagram account. On April 11, 2018, the album artwork and track listing for Living Proof was leaked on various music websites. Later, on April 19, they released the lead single for the album, called "Dead and Gone", and announced that Living Proof would be released on June 15, 2018. On May 6, the band released the second single from the album, "Crystal Ball". On May 24, the group premiered the third single, "Mine Is Gold", on Billboard's website. On June 15, the album was released.
Around the World and Back was ranked at number 4 in Alternative Press's "10 Essential Records of 2015" list. Mackenzie Hall of Alternative Press wrote that the band brought "everything you love about old-school pop punk with new-school heart." The album was included at number 8 on Rock Sound's top 50 releases of 2015 list. "If I'm Lucky" was nominated for Best Music Video and "Secrets" was nominated for Song Of The Year at the 2016 Alternative Press Music Awards. State Champs won Best Breakthrough Band at the 2016 Alternative Press Music Awards. "Losing Myself" won the award for Best Music Video at the 2017 Alternative Press Music Awards.
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- EP 2010 (self-released, 2010)
- Apparently, I'm Nothing (self-released, 2011)
- Overslept (Pure Noise, 2012)
- The Acoustic Things (Pure Noise, 2014) US No. 112
- Punk Goes Pop Vol. 6 (2014) – "Stay the Night" originally performed by Zedd featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore
- Punk Goes Pop Vol. 7 (2017) – "Stitches" originally performed by Shawn Mendes
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- State Champs UK tour with The Wonder Years, AbsolutePunk
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- 2014 Pure Noise Tour Announcement, PureNoise.net
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- Ciccone, Rachael (March 9, 2016). "An Interview with State Champs: They've Got More Secrets Than You'll Ever Know". The Aquarian Weekly. Arts Weekly Inc. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
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- "90 Days to Warped Feature Band: State Champs". vanswarpedtour.com.
- "Sleeping with Sirens and State Champs to Play Acoustic Show". kerrang.com.
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- McDaid, Heather. "State Champs Give Reading Festival The Business". upsetmagazine.com.
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- Peaks in Australia:
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