State Champs announce new album with new song

Earlier this week, State Champs uploaded a cryptic, hypnotic photo on their Twitter account leading fans to quickly speculate what was going on with them. As many assumed at the time, it was just the beginning of the band announcing their new era. On Thursday (April 19), the New York-founded band announced the release of their third studio album, Living Proof. Instead of just confirming that a new set of tunes was coming out in a couple of months, the band unleashed the music video for the album’s lead single, “Dead and Gone.”

The three-and-a-half minute clip begins with a guy passed out in what appears to be an abandoned warehouse. He wakes up and notices that there is what appears to be an old-school iPod next to him. He picks it up, places the ear buds in his ears, and presses play. On the other side of the mini speakers are the guys of State Champs performing the song from what looks like an airplane hangar.

While the music plays through the ear buds, the protagonist is looking at a wall that has random newspaper clips. After a while, he decides to leave the warehouse only to be corner by two guys wearing gorilla masks. He quickly makes up his mind to run away from the two men, trying his hardest to elude them eventually succeeding in his mission.

Watch the complete music video for “Dead and Gone” above.

“Dead and Gone” will be featured on Living Proof which is set to be released on June 15 through Pure Noise Records. Pre-orders for the new album are available on the band’s website. The band is offering several different bundles to satisfy every fan.

In support of Living Proof‘s release, State Champs will spend the summer touring around the country on the final trek of the Vans Warped Tour. Those dates can be found here.

Living Proof is the follow-up to the group’s 2015 release, Around the World and Back. Around the World and Back peaked at the number 30 spot on the Billboard 200 chart and the number three spot on both the Top Alternative Albums chart and the Top Rock Albums chart.

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State Champs announce spring 2017 tour

State Champs fans have something to look forward to in 2017 thanks to the band’s recent announcement. On Wednesday (Dec. 14), the New York-founded band unveiled plans to embark on their first headlining tour of 2017. The United States-centric excursion will kick off on April 7 at the Agora Theatre in Cleveland and wrap up on May 14 at the Royale in Boston. Hitting the road alongside State Champs will be Against the Current, With Confidence, and Don Broco.

Tickets for the early 2017 tour will go on sale beginning this Friday, Dec. 16, on State Champs’ website. This isn’t the first time State Champs has hit the road with With Confidence. Earlier this year, State Champs took the recent Hopeless Records signees on their Australian tour with Neck Deep.

The upcoming tour announcement comes a few weeks after State Champs wrapped up their final tour of 2016. The trek found the band opening for Sleeping with Sirens on their ‘End the Madness’ tour. For now, the complete list of upcoming tour dates can be seen below.

STATE CHAMPS SPRING 2017 TOUR DATES:

April 7 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
April 8 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
April 9 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
April 11 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
April 12 – St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
April 14 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
April 15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
April 17 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
April 18 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
April 19 – Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre
April 20 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
April 21 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Teragram Ballroom
April 23 – San Diego, CA @ Obeservatory North Park
April 25 – Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel
April 26 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Pressroom
April 28 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
April 29 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey
April 30 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
May 2 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
May 3 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
May 5 – Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater
May 6 – Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre
May 7 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
May 9 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
May 11 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
May 12 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
May 13 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
May 14 – Boston, MA @ Royale

Sleeping with Sirens announce ‘End the Madness’ tour

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Fresh off their summer on the 2016 Vans Warped Tour, Sleeping with Sirens has announced plans to hit the road once again later this year. On Monday (Aug. 15), the Florida-founded group unveiled their schedule for November and December of 2016 which will now include a tour. The North American trek, which has been named the “End the Madness” tour, a reference to their 2015 release Madness, is set to kick off on Nov. 3 at the Concord Music Hall in Chicago.

After visiting much of North America, the excursion will wrap up on Dec. 4 at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO. Fellow Warped Tour veterans, State Champs, Tonight Alive, and Waterparks have been announced as Sleeping with Sirens’ special guest for the month-long tour. Tickets and VIP packages will go on sale beginning this Friday, Aug. 19. The complete list of upcoming tour dates can be seen below.

THE END THE MADNESS TOUR DATES:

Nov. 3 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
Nov. 4 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
Nov. 6 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
Nov. 8 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
Nov. 10 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Nov. 11 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
Nov. 12 – Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
Nov. 13 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
Nov. 15 – New York, NY @ PlayStation Theater
Nov. 16 – Cleveland, OH @ Masonic Auditorium
Nov. 17 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVA
Nov. 18 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
Nov. 19 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
Nov. 20 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
Nov. 22 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
Nov. 23 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall
Nov. 25 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Livewire
Nov. 26 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA
Nov. 27 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
Nov. 28 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
Nov. 30 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
Dec. 1 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
Dec. 3 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
Dec. 4 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre

Earlier this year, the band teased fans that they were in the process of working on new material. During an interview, frontman Kellin Quinn said that the new album would be a return to form and going back to “who we are.”

“It’s definitely going to be focused on us re-branding and thinking about our music in terms of what we really want to do with it,” explained Quinn at the time. “I think when you’re making music and you’re expected to do certain things with your band, you kinda lose your touch and your focus. I definitely think this record is us getting back to who we are; getting back to concentrating on the music itself.”

Back in March of 2015, the band released their fourth studio album, Madness.

A Day to Remember Unveil “Just Some Shows” Spring Tour

A Day to Remember have just unveiled that they have plans to hit the road later this spring. On Wednesday (Feb. 3), the Florida-based band revealed a list of tour dates which they have dubbed the “Just Some Shows Spring Tour.” The trek will officially begin with a pair of rock music festivals in their home state. The first show will take place on April 30 at Fort Rock in Ft. Myers, FL. Then, they will head north to Jacksonville, FL, where they will meet up with Parkway Drive for Welcome to Rockville, the sister festival to Fort Rock.

After that, A Day to Remember, Parkway Drive, and State Champs will officially kick-off the tour on May 3 at the Music Farm in Charleston, SC. Following a couple of weeks on the road, the tour will end on May 21 at the Rock’n Derby Festival in Schaghticoke, NY. The complete list of tour dates, which appears to consist of a lot of music festivals, can be seen below.

A DAY TO REMEMBER’S JUST SOME SHOWS SPRING TOUR:

04/30 – Fort Myers, FL @ Fort Rock Festival **
05/01 – Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome To Rockville Festival ***
05/03 – Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
05/04 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live!
05/06 – Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall
05/07 – Concord, NC @ Carolina Rebellion Festival ***
05/08 – Richmond, VA @ The National
05/10 – Providence, RI @ Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
05/12 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore *
05/13 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection *
05/14 – Somerset, WI @ Northern Invasion Festival ***
05/15 – Clive, IA @ 7 Flags Event Center
05/17 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
05/18 – Peoria, IL @ Limelight Eventplex
05/20 – Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range Festival ***
05/21 – Schaghticoke, NY @ Rock’n Derby Festival **

* no Parkway Drive
** A Day to Remember only (Festival)
*** A Day to Remember and Parkway Drive only (Festival)

So What?! Music Festival Unveil More Artists for 2016

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The So What?! Music Festival just keeps getting bigger and better. A little under a month since their last update, the folks behind So What?! have unveiled a large list of artists taking the stage at the weekend-long show in March of 2016. Back in October, it was announced that acts like New Found Glory, Bayside, Being As An Ocean, Emery, Saosin featuring Anthony Green on vocals, and more would be making their way to Grand Prairie for the tenth annual event.

Before that, The Devil Wears Prada, Beartooth, and the recently reunited Underoath had been confirmed for the festival as well. On Tuesday (Dec. 1), festival organizers did not hold back, announcing a lineup that will make any pop-punk fan want to book a hotel and plane ride to Grand Prairie during that weekend in March.

Instead of us listing all the acts that will be playing at So What?! Music Festival, we’ll just tell you to look at the lineup below, because we’re pretty much stoked (even though we probably won’t be making it) for the festival.

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And to think, “third announcement more TBA” means more acts will be announced soon.

The So What?! Music Festival is scheduled to take place during the weekend of March 19-20, 2016 at the QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie, TX. Tickets for the weekend festivities are currently on sale, so if you have the time and the cash, now might be a good time to get them.

Neck Deep and State Champs to Head on World Tour

Fresh off the release of their brand new album, Life’s Not Out to Get You, Neck Deep have  announced plans to hit the road in early 2016. Heading out alongside them for their “world tour” will be State Champs. The tour will kick off with a pair of shows on Jan. 6 in Perth, Australia. The first of two shows will take place at the YMCA HQ and is open to all ages while the second show will take place at the Rosemount Hotel and will be an 18+ event.

For their time in Australia, the tour will consist of one show for all ages and another for 18+. After Australia, they will head to Asia where State Champs will headline from Jan. 20-24 during the Japan stops. For the Malaysia, Singapore, and Philippines dates, Neck Deep will be performing alone. Once the tour hits the United Kingdom, State Champs will rejoin the trek with Creeper and Light Years.

The full list of upcoming tour dates can be seen below (pay close attention to the legend to know who’s performing where).

NECK DEEP/STATE CHAMPS 2016 WORLD TOUR DATES:

Jan 06 – Perth, Australia @ YMCA HQ (matinée), (All Ages)
Jan 06 – Perth, Australia @Rosemount Hotel, (18+)
Jan 07 – Brisbane, Australia @ The Triffid, (All Ages)
Jan 08 – Brisbane, Australia @ The Triffid, (18+)
Jan 09 – Sydney, Australia @ Metro, (All Ages)
Jan 10 – Newcastle, Australia @ Cambridge Hotel, (18+)
Jan 12 – Canberra, Australia @ The Basement, (18+)
Jan 13 – Adelaide, Australia @ Fowlers Live, (All Ages)
Jan 14 – Melbourne, Australia @ Arrows, (All Ages)
Jan 15 – Melbourne, Australia @ Corner Hotel, (18+)
Jan 17 – South Gippsland, Australia @ UNIFY festival, (18+)

Jan 20 – Tokyo Shibuya, Japan @ The Game*
Jan 21 – Osaka, Japan @ Pangea*
Jan 22 – Nagoya, Japan @3Star*
Jan 23 – Tokyo, Japan @ Club Asia*
Jan 24 – Japan @ TBA*
* = State Champs headline

Jan 26 -Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia @ KL Venue (formerly Alt HQ)**
Jan 27 – Singapore, Singapore @ Scape Ground Theatre**
Jan 28 – Manila, Philippines @ Skydome**
** = Neck Deep only

Feb 01 – Birmingham, United Kingdom @ Institute †
Feb 02 – Glasgow, United Kingdom @O2 Academy †
Feb 04 – Manchester, United Kingdom @ Academy †
Feb 05 – Cardiff, United Kingdom @ Great Hall †
Feb 06 – London, United Kingdom @ Forum †
† = Neck Deep headline w/State Champs, Creeper, Light Years

More tour dates will reportedly be added at a later date. Neck Deep will be touring in support of Life’s Not Out to Get You which was released back in August while State Champs will be touring in support of their impending new record, Around the World and Back , which is set to be released on Oct. 16.

State Champs Stream “Around the World and Back”

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State Champs have returned with another single off of their upcoming new album, Around the World and Back. The new song is the title track from their sophomore effort and features a duet with Jule Vera frontwoman Ansley Newman. Frontman Derek DiScanio explained to Substream Magazine about the idea behind the song.

“‘Around The World And Back’ is a song about commitment issues and finding a way to overcome them, live in the moment and embrace every opportunity at hand. It’s the first duet song we’ve ever done, and we’re very excited about it. Ansley’s voice is incredible and it’s very refreshing to hear the first female voice featured on a State Champs track.”

Listen to “Around the World and Back” below.

State Champs have been doing a good job of making a name for themselves over the past year. The band headed out on tour this past Spring with All Time Low for their “Future Hearts Tour” and quickly followed it up by going down under to Australia to open for 5 Seconds of Summer on their “Rock Out with Your Socks Out Tour.” After a quick break, the New York-based band headed right back on tour on their own headlining trek this summer.

Now, in support of Around the World and Back, State Champs will be hitting the road this fall alongside The Wonder Years, Motion City Soundtrack, and You Blew It! For the complete list of tour dates, click here.

Around the World and Back is set to be release don Oct.16 through Pure Noise Records.

Motion City Soundtrack and The Wonder Years Confirm Fall Tour

A couple of weeks after a magazine advertisement revealed the name of their upcoming new album as well as an upcoming tour with The Wonder Years, Motion City Soundtrack has officially confirmed the fall tour dates to be true.

The fall tour will kick off on Oct. 17 at Webster Hall in New York and wrap up a month and a half later on Nov. 27 at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ. The tour will not only feature Motion City and The Wonder Years, but also You Blew it! and State Champs.

For those Wonder Years fans, VIP ticket bundles are currently available on the band’s website. The VIP bundles will include: early entry to the venue, an eight-song acoustic set, a Q&A session prior to the show, tour laminates, poster, photos, and more.

For those who just want to go to the show and enjoy a night of pop-punk fun without all the added glitz and glamour, general admission tickets will go on sale beginning this Thursday, Aug. 13 at 10 a.m., local time.

The full list of tour dates can be seen below.

MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK/THE WONDER YEARS FALL 2015 TOUR DATES:

Oct 17 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Oct 18 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Oct 20 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Oct 22 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
Oct 23 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
Oct 24 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
Oct 25 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Oct 27 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
Oct 28 – Murray, UT @ Murray Theater
Oct 30 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
Oct 31 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market
Nov 02 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
Nov 03 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
Nov 05 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
Nov 06 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
Nov 07 – San Diego, CA @ Soma
Nov 10 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall
Nov 11 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
Nov 12 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
Nov 13 – Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
Nov 14 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
Nov 16 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
Nov 18 – Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor
Nov 19 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
Nov 20 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
Nov 21 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Nov 23 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
Nov 24 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live!
Nov 25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
Nov 27 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

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Motion City Soundtrack will be hitting the road in support of their upcoming new album, Panic Stations due out Sept. 18 while The Wonder Years will be supporting their own new album, No Closer to Heaven due out on Sept. 4. This tour will also be a promoting trek for State Champs; their new album, Around The World And Back, is due out on Oct. 16.

State Champs to Hit the Road This Summer

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What is a band to do after they’ve played supporting act to two big bands in one year?

Go on their own headlining tour, of course.

State Champs announced earlier in the day that once their Australian tour with 5 Seconds of Summer has wrapped, they will be returning to North America for their own headlining trek.

Heading out on the road with them will be Hit The Lights, Tiny Moving Parts, Let It Happen, and Northbound.

The trip which has been named “The (S)Hot Boys of Summer Tour” will begin on July 16 in Worcester, PA at the Palladium Upstairs and wrap up on Aug. 2 in Chicago at the Bottom Lounge.

Check out the full list of tour dates, as well as the official poster for it, below.

STATE CHAMPS’ THE (S)HOT BOYS OF SUMMER TOUR:

7/16 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium Upstairs
7/17 – Danbury, CT @ Heirloom Art Space
7/18 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Music Hall
7/19 – Buffalo, NY @ The Waiting Room
7/21 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
7/24 – Howell, NJ @ GameChangerWorld
7/25 – Baltimore, MD @ Sound Stage
7/26 – Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
7/28 – Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street
7/29 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
7/30 – Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
8/01 – Toledo, OH @ Frankie’s
8/02 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge

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The Summer tour dates come on the heels of the band revealing they will be releasing a new album later this year though no official date or title has been given for it yet.

State Champs to Join 5 Seconds of Summer on Tour

State Champs’ 2015 is looking really good.

Yesterday, it was announced that the New York based band will be heading to Australia in June to join 5 Seconds of Summer’s “Rock Out with Your Socks Out Tour.”

Of course, fans of the band and just fans of the pop-punk genre, took to the internet to instantly show their distaste for the partnership because that’s what people do. But hey, it’s a big opportunity, especially for a band that formed in 2010 and only (officially) have one album under their belt.

Even with all the bashing, it doesn’t seem to be bothering the five-piece who sent MTV a letter about their upcoming tour plans.

“We are fans of 5SOS. When they asked us to tour with them, we were thrilled,” State Champs wrote to the network.

“We’ve hung out with them a handful of times and they were fun to be around so when they were like, ’Hey, let’s go to Australia together.’ We were super down. We’re really looking forward to playing our first arena shows as well. It’s going to be such an interesting dynamic because we’re used to playing clubs. 5SOS have a very dedicated fan base and its going be a blast playing for them. The thing we’re looking forward to the most though is Bundaberg Ginger Beer.”

While we’re sure State Champs’ letter isn’t going to change anyone’s opinion about the tour line-up, if there’s mutual admiration and friendship between the two groups, then maybe the elitism should be put on the shelf for a little while or at least until the first show has wrapped.

Check out the Australian tour dates below.

5 SECONDS OF SUMMER’S AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES:

June 18 – Vector Arena – Auckland, New Zealand
June 20 – Allphones Arena – Sydney, Australia
June 23 – Entertainment Centre – Brisbane, Australia
June 25 – Rod Laver Arena – Melbourne, Australia
June 27 – Entertainement Centre – Adelaide, Australia
June 29 – Perth Arena – Perth, Australia

State Champs are currently in the middle of All Time Low’s “Future Hearts Tour” which will wrap up on May 24 at the Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore. After a quick rest, they will be heading down under for the 5 Seconds of Summer tour.

Not to shabby, especially with a brand new album reportedly on the horizon.