By Paula Araujo
Upon the release of their upcoming album “Living Proof” New York natives, State Champs have been promoting the new record across the country. On Saturday, June 9, they held a pop up shop in NYC. The special event featured exclusive merch, early copies of the album, and the fellas themselves. Fans were treated to tote bags and posters upon arrival. The event also included a first look at their brand new music video for “Our Time To Go.” The evening was filled with fans filtering in and out as the band hung around inside and outside the store to give hugs, take photos, sign autographs, and chat about the new record. The fans were excited and eager about the new music just as much as the band was. They band shared their sentiments about the release and collectively agreed on “Frozen” being one of their favorite tracks.
Listen to the new record out Friday June 15. Catch them in LA on Friday for another exclusive pop up or this summer on the Vans Warped Tour.
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.
By Paula Kunatee
Even though “Fifty Shades Darker” has some mixed reviews, you can not deny the talents of those who lend their voices for the soundtrack. Among them is self made, self taught artist JP Cooper, who holds his own. “Birthday” offers us a moment to reminisce about the ones that got away without a sign, but is quickly replaced with the thoughts of how buttery smooth Cooper’s soulful voice dances around with the rhythm of his guitar.
We were recently invited to Cooper’s first sold out show in New York City! The room was packed from stage to door (and balcony). Opening his set with his current UK single, “September Song”, Cooper’s presence was humble and authentic. Accompanied by his friend and pianist, Adam Monroe, who jokingly admitted, “I could play terrible and no one would notice because JP is just that good!”
Unfortunately, Cooper was fighting laryngitis, and had trouble hitting some of the higher notes. He prevailed with the support of his fans who patiently waited for his return to the States. His bashful nature got the better of him as he blushed his way through each song. The modest singer probably can’t even grasp how captivating he can be. With every song Cooper continues to pull at our heartstrings. His lyrics are personal, his eyes told us how to feel, and his voice, told a truth.
JP Cooper will soon be on tour in Europe (click here for dates). We are crossing our fingers he has more US dates to follow!