State Champs, consisting of Derek Discanio, Tyler Szalkowski, Ryan Graham, Evan Ambrosio and Antonio Diaz came together with every intention of making it clear that they were a group of friends that wanted to make great music and have a good time. And with the instant chemistry the band shared with their formation, they knew their intention was possible.
“You can only play alone for so long before you get the urge to collaborate and experiment with other musicians,” says Tyler Szalkowski. “When you realize the limitless potential to what you can create with you and your friends musically, it’s just like someone turned the lights on.”
Since their start back in 2010, State Champs has been at the forefront of the pop punk revival, becoming a fan and critic favorite with their first official release, Overslept. Recorded at Getaway Studios in Massachusetts with Jay Maas of Defeater, Overslept is an EP that is catchy and fresh, and at the time, brought pop punk to a whole new relatable level.
After signing to Pure Noise Records and releasing Overslept, the band began touring the country with numerous bands such as New Found Glory, Cartel, A Loss For Words, Hit the Lights and more. With tons of recording and touring experience under their belts, the band was ready to get back in the studio and record their most important work to date.
State Champs’ first album, The Finer Things, was released on October 8th 2013- a record that holds a very special place in the band’s heart, and not only because it is their first full length. Written in a tiny dingy practice space back in January 2013, the experience was a new one because it was the first time the band had sat down and wrote together lyrically. After countless hours of writing, scraping lyrics, and rewriting, the band knew they had written the most honest record they had in them.
The Finer Things was first demoed at S&S Studios in Auburn, NY before the official recording of the album at The Panda Studios in Fremont, CA. Produced by Sam Pura (The Story So Far, Polar Bear Club, Misser) and Steve Klein of New Found Glory, The Finer Things debuted at #131 on the Billboard top 200 and is regarded as one of the greatest pop punk albums of the year. They followed The Finer Things with an acoustic ep, The Acoustic Things, featuring acoustic renditions of fan favorites from The Finer Things and two new tracks. Recorded at S&S Studios, the record debuted at #133 on the Billboard top 200.
The release of The Finer Things had launched State Champs as one of the premiere bands in the genre today. They took a shot at their first Warped Tour in 2014 followed by headlining the first annual “Pure Noise Records Tour” which sold out many rooms across the United States.
The band entered the studio with acclaimed producer Kyle Black (Paramore, All Time Low) to record their second full length record, due out later in 2015. In the meantime, the band is supporting All Time Low on their Future Hearts Tour and will be heading to Australia with 5 Seconds Of Summer for a sold out tour in arenas across the continent. The band will also be returning to UK and select European countries for their first headlining tour.
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