K! investigate. what we do know for definite is that State Champs are releasing a killer new live DVD
GOT A TELEVISION? GOT A DVD PLAYER? THEN WATCH ALBANY POP-PUNKS STATE CHAMPS FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THEIR HEROES AND PUT OUT THEIR VERY OWN DVD. IT’S ACE!
PUT THAT Netflix box set on hold, because Albany pop-punks State Champs are releasing a deluxe version of their Around The World And back album, out May 5.And with it comes two live tracks, two acoustic, two brand-new songs – Slow burn and Hurry Up And Wait – plus a DVD which you’re gonna want to watch immediately.we caught up with frontman Derek Discanio to tell us more…
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO DO A DVD?
“it’s something we’ve been wanting to do for a while. i always liked band DVDS growing up because i could look behind the scenes of how it all works, and all the fun stuff you get to do being in a band. i still have all my band DVDS from back in the day, like Hawthorne Heights, Silverstein, thrice and The Starting line.we spent all of last year just compiling footage.”
DID YOU STRUGGLE TO CONDENSE A YEAR’S WORTH OF FOOTAGE DOWN?
“Yeah, when we narrowed it down, it was nearly three hours long! When we showed our manager for the first time they told us there were too many bits of us being naked – mainly [bassist] Ryan [Scott Graham] – so we had to cut and blur out a lot of body parts.there is still a lot of Ryan running around naked. evan [Ambrosio, drums] says in the DVD that he sees Ryan’s penis more than his own (laughs)!”
WHEN DID YOU WRITE THE NEW SONGS?
“We wrote them in october of last year out in la with Alex Gaskarth and [All Time low, Sum 41, 5SOS writer/producer] Mike Green.alex was really good at finding out what kind of story i want to tell. He can act really fast with writing a story, which is not my thing at all; it always takes me forever to write lyrics. it used to take us months to write a few songs, or weeks to get one song done. Now we can be a room with Mike and Alex and get three full songs done in one day!”
AND WHAT ARE THE SONGS ABOUT?
“They’re break-up songs. i went through a breakup last year and i didn’t really know if i wanted to write songs about it.then i was opening up to other people, like Mike and Alex, and they were like,‘what’s going on? What do you want to write about?’ And i decided i’m going to write a bunch of sad songs. our songs tend to end up being about taking a sadness, or a dark time, and addressing how you can move forward from it. Hurry Up And Wait sounds close to a New found Glory-type song. We wanted to give back to all the bands that made us want to sound like we did when we first started.”
AND WHAT’S NEXT AFTER THIS RELEASE?
“We’ve got some european and UK festivals, then we’re going to take July and August off because it’s time to do some more writing and find the right producer and the studio we want to make the next album in, so we can get to work on that by the end of the summer.”
ARE YOU EXCITED TO PLAY DOWNLOAD?
“it was weird when the offer came about… i always knew it was a metal fest that heavy bands played at, but i’ve also seen All Time low and Paramore played it.whether or not the core fans of Download are pissed off by [us playing], i’m not sure. but we’re gonna have a good time because a lot of our friends like Good Charlotte will be there. i’m pumped we got the System of A Down day because i’ve never seen them live before. i bought Toxicity when i was 11-years-old. My mom wasn’t sure if i should i have the CD at all, but then she grew to like it because she likes old rock and heavy stuff. i’ve heard Download’s been a drench-fest for the past three years, so we have to be due for a nice year. but i kinda hope it rains because then everyone will just go to our tent and watch us!”
AND THEN BACK TO ALBUM NUMBER THREE… WHERE ARE YOU AT WITH IT?
“We’ve never been this ahead of the game when it comes to writing for an album! We’re usually just writing and writing, trying to catch up and make sure we even have enough songs.we already have enough songs for an album and when we’re finally ready to track it, we’ll probably have 30+ songs. on
Around The World And Back I think we only had like nine or 10 songs, so we were like,‘we need to write a song today!’ That ended up being Eyes Closed, the first track of the album.”
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM THE SONGS YOU HAVE DONE?
“There are some poppy ones, some more edgy ones, some more emotional-ballad kind of ones. It’s all over the place, really. I’d like to try and get a lot more guest vocals on there. I’m going to make Alex do something at some point and I think he knows that, too.there are already a couple ideas that we have where he’s like,‘i would love to sing that part…’ He doesn’t really say it and I don’t think he wants to until I bring it up, but he may pop in in a song or two.”
HOW ARE YOU FEELING ABOUT THE REST OF 2017 IN GENERAL?
“Good! It’ll be nice to finally take a summer to settle down, spend some time with family and friends, but ultimately start thinking about the next record.that’s when I start to get really excited – I get a little nervous, too, about if people are going to like it… That nervousness lasts pretty much until the record comes out and the comments start flowing out (laughs).”
FINALLY, WHAT’S LEFT TO ACHIEVE ON THE BAND’S BUCKET LIST?
“We’re always shooting for the stars with this band – we don’t see a ceiling.there are still some bucket list bands that we haven’t played with yet, like Paramore and Fall Out Boy.the sky is the limit!”
Derek’s gym diet meant he could only eat microphone hot dogs without the bun