State Champs Amplify NYC

By Kimberly Rabita

New York’s very own State Champs brought their headlining world tour to NYC and played two sold out nights at Irving Plaza. Warming up the crowd was Don Broco, a 5-piece band from England. Their music was infectious and catchy, with many of the attendees enjoying the performance. They did not seem like they were strangers to large crowds as they finished off a great set. With Confidence kept the party going as the crowd was delighted by their set and could have easily enjoyed a longer set. For an opening act, a surprising majority of the crowd knew the lyrics and became more rambunctious as the crowd surfers began to surface above the rest and float their way into the hands of security. Their banter between songs were reminiscent of other bands in the scene that one may find at an All Time Low/early Blink-182 show. Following With Confidence was Against The Current, who also hail from New York. Their electro pop punk was a roller coaster as it slowed down and sped up and created blasts of energy on stage and from the crowd.

Finally, State Champs walked onto the stage with their lights erupting as bright as the crowd was loud. They wasted no time, diving right into some of the most popular and fast paced songs off of their latest album, Around The World And Back. Interestingly, they included a large number of songs off of their debut album, “The Finer Things.” The crowd became a raging sea of bodies, with an endless stream of crowd surfers making their way to the stage. A chorus of voices persisted through nearly their entire set, with the only exception being during one specific song. The first of the 2 acoustic songs that State Champs performed, “Stick Around” which is off of their 2010 EP, Apparently, I’m Nothing. These tunes were a sweet surprise for long time lovers of the band screaming out their happiness. Chrissy Costanza, lead singer of Against The Current joined State Champs on stage and accompanied Derek Discanio during the album title track, “Around The World And Back.” Overall, the entire concert was an incredible experience. Regardless of how many times you see State Champs perform, every concert holds new wonders.

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