Social Sec Sorcha Hornett reviews Tom Odell's enjoyable and energetic recent stop at Birmingham's O2 AcademyWritten by Sorcha Hornett on 14th January 2019
Live Review: State Champs
State Champs at Birmingham's O2 Institute was raucous, crowd-pleasing pop punk bliss, Redbrick Music Writer Romana Essop details
Continuing to celebrate the success of their third full-length album, Living Proof, which was released in June, New York based pop-punk five-piece State Champs played Birmingham’s O2 Institute for a Halloween show to remember. Having toured the album in the US for most of summer, the band embraced the autumnal festivities for their penultimate UK tour date, taking to the stage in ‘spooky’ costumes and expressing their approval of many audience members’ own efforts.
They were joined by Scottish, Australian and Canadian support acts Woes, Stand Atlantic and Seaway, all of whom appealed to the crowd’s obvious taste for the up-beat, fast-paced sound which makes State Champs hugely popular in the modern era of pop-punk.
“It was clear that both him and his band mates were fuelled by the passion of their loyal fans who dominated the venue
Much to his satisfaction, the crowd gladly ‘filled the gaps’ in DiScanio’s reproductions of some of the band’s most loved tracks from their previous albums and EPs. Thus, despite this tour being a celebration of Living Proof, audience members were delighted with the inclusion of ‘Losing Myself’, ‘All You Are Is History’, ‘Hard To Please’ and others which broke up the new, less established tracks.
“The band and crowd’s energy alike climaxed in the encore which surprisingly excluded Living Proof all together
The band and crowd’s energy alike climaxed in the encore, which surprisingly excluded Living Proof all together, instead bringing back ‘Elevated’ from their debut full-length album, and the popular ‘Secrets’ from their second. In their final effort, the band pushed themselves to the edge of the stage, physically bringing the performance as close as possible for the show-stopping end to ‘one for the books’ according to DiScanio himself. And so, despite the ghoulish theme, State Champs’ Halloween show was far from lifeless.
'Living Proof' is available now via Pure Noise Records.