Label: Pure Noise
Released: 15th June 2018
2015’s ‘Around The World And Back’ put pop-punkers State Champs on a podium, flying the flag for America in the new wave of pop-punk. On ‘Living Proof’, they’ve revisited the straight-up eat pizza, write songs mentality of debut ‘The Finer Things’ and painted it in the polish of ‘Around The World…’.
With choruses that collide in your ears like a tsunami, ready and waiting for the arenas they should be headlining next cycle, opener Criminal lights up like a New Year’s Eve Fireworks display, alongside single ‘Dead & Gone’, and the quotable-heavy ‘Lightning’.
Much like their writing partners, pop-punk pals, and influencers All Time Low did on ‘Don’t Panic’ and ‘Future Hearts’, State Champs have entered a period of transition. ‘Living Proof’ is a safety blanket selection of songs that sound like enhanced editions of their previous efforts, with the occasional curveball to suggest where the band are heading sonically.
The Mark Hoppus-featured ‘Time Machine’ plays out like a post-Tom Blink-182 cut, while ‘The Fix-Up’ would fit perfectly in The Maine’s most recent work, an alt-rock sensitive sheen shining through. The pieces are there; they just need putting together.
On ‘Living Proof’, State Champs sound bigger than ever, with a songbook of anthems stacked up higher than the Empire State Building. Jack Press