State Champs dove into nine songs during the band’s appearance on our Tic channel Wednesday. The group performed fan-favorite songs like “Elevated” and “Secrets,” as well as new songs from their new album. new age kingsfrom “Outta My Head” to country “Act Like That” with Mitchell Tenpenny.
new age kings marks the pop punk band’s fifth album. “The main idea of this album, as opposed to [2018’s] living proof, was to take us a lot less seriously, have a lot more fun and show our youthful side,” singer Derek DiScanio said in an interview before the performance. “We’ve been doing pop punk for so long, and we need everyone to know that we’re the best at it.”
When asked about the genre’s burgeoning revival, the band took to the renewed attention with enthusiasm. “Obviously we saw him ride a roller coaster,” DiScanio said. “There was a resurgence, then it went down, then Warped Tour went, and it went down. And now there are the Machine Gun Kellys of the world making it popular again. And like, that’s totally cool. We love Machine Gun Kelly; he is our friend.
Guitarist Tyler Szalkowski also spoke about the highs and lows of creating music in the genre over the past 12 years. “I feel like pop punk was a dirty word for a minute, where it put you on that lower rung and you could never get out of it,” he says. “And now that it’s cool again or whatever, we feel like we can finally embrace who we’ve always wanted to be – without chasing the image of what we thought everyone wanted us to be. let’s be – to try to gain new fans or try to be a bigger band.
State Champs will embark on the Sad Summer Festival Tour, a long North American ride featuring Waterparks, Neck Deep, Hot Mulligan and Mayday Parade, in support of Kings of the New Age. The tour will kick off on July 8 in Sacramento, Calif. – with a stop in New York, New York on July 22 – before ending on August 5 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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