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!

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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

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