Living Proof by State Champs (released June 15th, 2018) • Living Proof is the fourth studio album by New York pop punk band State Champs. The band got their start in 2010 and released their first album “Apparently, I’m Nothing” in 2011. Two years later, they released “The Finer Things” an album that the band is more recognized for. This was when they started to rise up in the pop punk scene and in 2015 came the album “Around the World and Back”. 3 years later, we have “Living Proof”, which has been very highly anticipated.
This album was a really good listen, being that I’m a fan of the band and like almost anything they release. Derek’s vocals are amazing, like they always are, and the lyrics are catchy, as well as the melodies. My personal favorites “Our Time to Go”, which is a wonderfully written song about wanting more in life and knowing when to let go and do what you truly want to do; “Criminal”, which is about catching feeling for someone who’s playing hard to get or playing with your feelings and it’s driving you fucking crazy; “Frozen,” a song about someone ending things before they can get too serious, leaving the other person heartbroken; and “Crystal Ball”, the first song they released before the album - in an interview with Kerrang! Derek Discanio (lead singer of State Champs) explained that the song “is about personal investment of time and effort while questioning the outcome and worth of it all. Everyone has to find their own way to seize the moment and stay on their path.” I was really excited to hear the track the band did with Mark Hoppus from Blink-182, but it was kind of a let down for me. The sound just didn’t mesh well with State Champ’s vibe. It was more of a new Blink sound and while I tried to like it, I just couldn’t. Not to say the song is bad in anyway, it’s just not for me. There are songs that I’ve only listened to once and really o my listened to while hearing the album for the first time, and it’s because they weren’t as memorable to me. But that’s just my opinion. The album as a whole is more cleanly produced than their others one, but it’s not my favorite, although I really did enjoy it!