State Champs, consisting of Derek Discanio, Tyler Szalkowski, Bill Goodermote, 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' album, The Finer Things, was released on October 8th- 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.
"Working with Steve Klein and Sam Pura was incredible because they both have the experience that helped us make the best record we could," says Szalkowski.
With The Finer Things out in October and a big league tour with Bayside and Motion City Soundtrack lined up this fall, the band is happy to see their hard work paying off. And while it is obvious that State Champs are no strangers to hard work, they'll never forget their number one rule - make it fun.
"Our intentions are always to have fun and make music that we enjoy listening to. State Champs has always been about fun and that's what we'll continue doing as long as we can."
State Champs' The Finer Things will be available October 8th. Catch them on tour this fall with Bayside and Motion City Soundtrack
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