State Champs Concert!

It’s actually been ages since the last time I went to a concert (last October when I went to see Neck Deep!) so I was really hyped to be going to see State Champs yesterday! I think, overall, Neck Deep and State Champs are probably my favourite bands so I feel really lucky that I’ve now been able to see them both in concert!

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Stand Atlantic!

Supporting State Champs were Woes, Stand Atlantic and Seaway. I’d seen Woes previously supporting Neck Deep and they seem really cool, though I feel like I need to give their music more of a listen. Stand Atlantic I started listening to a few weeks before the concert and I love them! Most of the bands I follow are male-fronted so it’s nice to have a female singer take the stage for a change, especially since there is a particular stereotype in pop-punk genre that it’s predominately men. They performed all the songs I particularly liked of theirs which I was pleased about, including Chemicals, Coffee at Midnight, Lost my Cool, etc. Afterwards, Seaway performed, and I hadn’t really listened to their music properly so it was slightly harder to get into. By this point I was also saving my energy for State Champs, considering I’d already been there for 3 hours.

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State Champs!

And of course, State Champs eventually came on stage and it was so damn amazing! They started off with Criminals which was such a great start because it’s one of my favourite songs from their album Living Proof, as well as Crystal Ball (which they played later on). As much as I love their recent album, I thought it was cool that they performed a variety of songs across all three of their albums. They also picked all of my favourites so I was really happy about that!

At the end of the show, they did an encore of course. Everyone was waiting for them to play Elevated, including me, so when they came back on stage to play that everyone was hyped! They also performed Secrets after this too! The venue was pretty small and there weren’t too many people which in a way was quite nice because I managed to get a great view near the front! There was actually space to jump about and also avoid the mosh pit (although there was a guy on someone’s shoulders who almost fell on me, but I survived).

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State Champs again!

Overall, it was such a good night and State Champs were honestly so amazing live! It’s hard to describe the feeling of finally seeing a band perform in person because I’m jumping about and singing the lyrics and it just means so much to me I feel like crying, but in the best way possible. It’s just such a great feeling sharing your love of music with a whole crowd of people, and I would definitely go and see State Champs again for these reasons! In the mean time, I’ll be watching back the videos and pretending I’m still there.

Have you seen your favourite band live? What did it feel like?

New Albums 2018!

Over the last few months, 3 of my favourite bands have released new music and so of course, I want to talk about it!Image result for state champs living proof

The first is by a band called State Champs who I’m actually going to see in concert in October at my university! I’m so so hyped about it and glad that their album reached and exceeded my expectations because it means I’m even more excited to see it all live! Their album is called ‘Living Proof’ and I have to say I love every song on it. I heard ‘Crystal Ball’ and ‘Dead and Gone’ before the release and these songs are seriously catchy. I think even if you’re not a massive fan of pop punk, this album may take you by surprise as I know a couple of people who like ‘Crystal Ball’ even though they don’t like the genre itself.

My favourite songs are: Criminal, Crystal Ball and Something About You (click the song to hear it!)

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The second band I want to share with you is Real Friends! I was lucky enough to see this band when I went to see Neck Deep in concert last year as they were supporting. I really admire the lyrics this band produces, especially since I’m into writing myself, and I loved their previous album for the way they portrayed ‘the home inside your head’ as a metaphor for the inner workings of your brain and your emotions. Their new album ‘Composure’ definitely exceeded my expectations! At first, I wasn’t so convinced, however the more and more I listened the more I realised that they’ve really come so far. The chorus’s stand out a lot more powerfully than those from before and again, the lyrics come to no faults.

My favourite songs are: Me First, From the Outside, Get By and Ripcord (again, click the song to hear it!)

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As It Is are the third band I want to talk about and their new album only came out just under a week ago. It’s called ‘The Great Depression’ and tackles the struggles of depression, especially in boys, but also mental health in general. One of the reasons I am so drawn to music of the pop punk genre is the depth to the lyrics and that a lot of the time they do relate to mental health or to my own struggles, however not so explicitly as As It Is did with this album. However, I think it is much needed. I love that they’re standing up as a voice for those who find it hard to speak up and I honestly think they’ve presented it in such a raw and honest light. It was pretty emotional listening through the tracks, especially when tuned into the message of the lyrics, but I think it’s so important to help others understand the battles that go on inside people’s heads since it is not always obvious. It is also somewhat comforting to know that it is not only you who feels a certain way. I highly encourage anyone to listen to this album, and that even if you’re not a fan of the music please do read the lyrics, because they are crucial and unbelievably powerful.

My favourite songs are: all of them?? can I even say that?? but The Hurt, the Hope really caught me off guard in terms of emotion and lyrics (if you’re prepared to cry, click it to listen)

New Music I’m Hyped For!

Recently State Champs have announced their new album that will be released on June 15th (can it not be any sooner?!) and I love their old songs but oh my god their new music is on an entirely new level. So far they have released two singles: “Dead and Gone” and “Crystal Ball” and I just absolutely love them. I couldn’t even tell you why because it’s everything about them. They just put me in such a good mood but they also make me feel so much, like maybe it’s just because I feel music on such a high scale but I can just totally get into the songs and I love it. They’re ridiculously catchy and I actually can’t stop singing them (or miming because I can’t actually sing rip), so I’m here to get them stuck in your head too. Have a listen! (also listen out for the cool Friends reference in “Dead and Gone” I love it)