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State Champs’ Transmission Cuts Out

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 1, 2014

State Champs' transmission cut out on them yesterday. The band will be finishing their tour with some help from friends, but the fix is still costly. Check out a message from the band with how you can help below after the jump.

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State Champs Reunion Tour Set List

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 24, 2014

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State Champs are out on the We Are The In Crowd's Reunion Tour. Check out their set list from the tour below after the jump. 

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State Champs Recording Acoustic Songs

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 4, 2014

State Champs are hitting the studio today for the week to record acoustic songs. Check out a tweet from the band below after the jump.

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Warped Tour Announces Next Four Bands

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 15, 2014

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The sixth set of bands for the 2014 Vans Warped Tour have been announced via Fuse’s Warped Roadies. You can check out the lineup so far below after the jump and be sure to reblog the post with your thoughts so far!

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State Champs, A Loss For Words European Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 15, 2014

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State Champs and A Loss For Words are playing several shows together in Europe this spring. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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POZ 10Of’13: Pure Noise Records Family

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 16, 2013

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PropertyOfZack is happy to be bringing you another 10Of’13 End Of The Year List from the artists on Pure Noise Records. Check out 10Of’13s from State Champs, Front Porch Step, Heart To Heart, Gates, Landscapes, and To The Wind below after the jump! 

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The Wonder Years, State Champs, A Loss For Words EU/UK Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 10, 2013

The Wonder Years, State Champs, and A Loss For Words are going out on a Mainland European and UK tour in April and May. Check out the dates below after the jump. 

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We Are The In Crowd, William Beckett, State Champs Spring Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 3, 2013

We Are The In Crowd, William Beckett, State Champs, Candy Hearts, and Set It Off are going out on a spring tour together. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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State Champs Holiday Tour With Vanna, Sworn In

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 13, 2013

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State Champs will be going out on a holiday tour with Vanna and Sworn In. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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POZ Road Blog: State Champs - The Bayside, Motion City Soundtrack Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 24, 2013

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State Champs just finished up a tour with Bayside and Motion City Soundtrack, and it was quite an experience for the band. Not only did State Champs get to hit the road with two of their favorite bands, but frontman Derek Discanio also performed vocals for Bayside on the final dates of their tour. Check out a Road Blog on PropertyOfZack recapping the tour below!

From Tyler Szalkowski:

From the moment we got word that we would be touring with Bayside and Motion City Soundtrack, we were freaking out. To be honest, we still kind of are. These are two bands we’ve looked up to as musicians for years. We’ve watched their music videos on Fuse and MTV as teenagers. We realized what an honor it was to be supporting these bands. Now I could write about how each day was, but every entry would be the same. Everyday we spent with these guys was amazing. Not only did we gain a many tricks of the trade, we gained their respect and friendship. Which obviously is insane to us because who didn’t scream Everything is Alright at the top of their lungs in 2005? Also, Ryan and Anthony (Bayside and MCS’ tour managers respectively) took such good care of us. This was my first time on tour feeling very taken care of by another bands TM. Those two made our experience that much more enjoyable by removing a lot of the unnecessary worry from my life as our tour manager. Needless to say, this was the best tour we’ve ever had the privilege to be a part of. 

Even though everyday was fucking amazing, here are some high lights of the tour -

Derek singing with Bayside on his 21st birthday in Baltimore, which lead to Derek filling in on the last four dates when Anthony had to go home because his wife was having their first child (congrats Anthony!!) 

Derek and Vinnie Caruana, of The Movielife and I Am The Avalanche, singing Bayside songs together in Anthony’s absence. This was especially cool because we are all big TML fans. 

Playing Iowa City and not expecting anything but having it be one of the best shows of tour. Thanks to everyone who stage dove and sung along. 

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Bayside “Devotion And Desire” Featuring State Champs Frontman

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 24, 2013

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Derek DiScanio of State Champs filled in for Bayside recently on “Devotion And Desire” due to Anthony Raneri needing to fly home to be with his wife and newborn child. Watch a video of the performance below after the jump.

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POZ Review: State Champs - The Finer Things

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 9, 2013

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by Becky Kovach, edited by Erik van Rheenen

When you think about pop punk as a genre, there are a lot of things that usually come to mind, but outstanding vocalists may not necessarily make that list. So that is why State Champs is such a unique and welcome addition to the scene. 

Frontman Derek Discanio’s voice is, to put it simply, swoon-worthy. It’s a cross between powerhouses Parker Cannon and Dave Mackinder, and coupled with the band’s striking musicianship, it’s enough to make people take notice of the up-and-comers from Upstate New York.

Discanio displays remarkable range and depth throughout the album. He can go from quietly pleading in “Elevated,” to half-speaking/half-singing in “Prepare To Be Noticed,” to full-on riffing in “Critical.” And that’s only half the story. His inflection in lines like, “I’m coming for you / I’m coming to make sure everything I heard is true / What’s it like to be the one who waited / Long enough to see the day / That I could feel again” (“Simple Existence”) displays a passion so intense that listeners can connect to it on an emotional level, even if they can’t directly relate to the lyrics.

Impressive vocals aren’t the only thing State Champs has going for them, though. The band is multifaceted, and proves it with each passing song. The drumming is explosive: it takes charge in “Deadly Conversation” and provides rollicking fills in “Critical.” 

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State Champs Stream ‘The Finer Things’ In Full

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 2, 2013

State Champs' new album, The Finer Things, comes out next Tuesday. Stream it here via RockSound or below after the jump.

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State Champs Streaming ‘The Finer Things’ Tomorrow

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 1, 2013

State Champs will be streaming The Finer Things in full tomorrow. Check out a tweet from the band below after the jump.

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State Champs Release “Hard To Please” Music Video

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 30, 2013

State Champs have released a new music video for “Hard To Please.” Watch and listen below after the jump.

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