On June 15, 2018, pop punk icons, State Champs released their third full length album, Living Proof.
Now I'm a little bit late to this game, not gonna lie, but hey, better late than never. State Champs is one of those bands that I need to look into more, yet somehow always forget to. I love what I have heard, despite not hearing a lot of it. I'm working on that, so stay tuned because I definitely will be doing reviews.
They released the first single for it, "Dead And Gone" back in April, and I would tell you what the song is about but chances are, you've probably already heard it, since the song came out like three months ago. Hearing it though, made me curious for more, though the track itself didn't quite stick with me.
I found myself wondering a few things while listening to this album, some of which might be coming from a place of exhaustion. First of all, and this goes for the entire album for the most part - who hurt Derek DiScanio? Second, why are they the love child of I Prevail and All Time Low? I thought of that as I was listening to "Frozen", and I cannot pinpoint why that is. They just sound like the pop version of I Prevail.
As I got deeper into the album, I found myself enjoying it more and more. The singles are by far not the best songs on this album. They're still good songs, don't get me wrong, but they've got so much better. Such as "Lightning", or "Safe Haven", which are both very different albums.
"Lightning" is honestly an adorable song. There's no other way to word that, because that's exactly how it is. I have never heard anyone compare that stereotypical "spark" you feel when you develop feelings for someone to lightning. "Who knew we were lightning? I saw a spark before we heard any song to follow. I think it's time to let my eyes stay open, I'm missing out on the point if they're always closed. Switched focus, now I know this is worth my time. So can you read my mind? It says I'm trying to find a reason to leave it all behind." For some reason, I just love that.
"Safe Haven" is without a doubt my favorite on the album though. Anyone who has ever felt like they've hit a wall or lost in life would love this song. A lot of these people turn to music for comfort, guidance, strength, ect. I feel like songs like this just back up how much music can be there for you in times of need. Its not an inspirational song, but rather one that expresses the feeling of needing a....well, safe haven. Something to turn to where maybe you will find peace. Songs like this can help make you feel like you're not alone and that's something I think we all can appreciate.
This album as a whole tells a story of love, heart break, and then your own personal growth. I still want to know who hurt him, but I'm glad to hear that clearly a better place was built. Each song is its own story, and I don't think I can quite do it justice to explain. I do highly recommend you listen to the album though.
Plus, even if you're not in the market for something deep and meaningful but something with a catchy beat, I think you'd enjoy this album. If its something you're interested in checking out, you can get it wherever music is sold. This includes iTunes, Amazon, in stores, the State Champs official website, or wherever else music may be sold.
You can also catch them on the final Warped tour, which is now in its final week. Warped tour ends August 5 in West Palm Beach, FL, and Immortal Music will be there. Stay tuned for photos, a vlog, and who knows what else. Its all coming soon. Tickets are still available for all the remaining dates as of July 27, so if you're able to go to one of the last eight dates, we highly recommend you do. If you're unable to, and still want to see State Champs, fear not. They're also going to be supporting Blink 182 on a short tour in September. For further information, please head on over to the State Champs official website.
Also while you're at it, please let me know what your favorite song on this album is, and check out their video with YouTuber Michelle Khare!
All reviews have the date they were written, the album title, and the band's name, with the exception of Life Starts Now by Three Days Grace and Dear Agony by Breaking Benjamin. Those dates were guessed at, as they were written well before the website began.