New York based Pop Punk mainstays State Champs have just dropped two tracks from the upcoming State Champs Unplugged EP via Pure Noise Records!
Following the band's monumental 10-year anniversary celebration last night, they unveiled an acoustic re-working of their popular track Criminal, along with brand new release Crying Out Loud.
Vocalist Derek DiScanio shared some thoughts on the new track, saying "'Crying Out Loud' took us the longest to get to a place where we truly felt excited about the song. Once we got there, we knew this emotionally heavy, yet upbeat tune about breakup, loneliness, and moving on would be a solid single."
The two newly released tracks are taken from the upcoming State Champs Unplugged EP, which is set for release on the 14th of August 2020 via Pure Noise Records. Criminal - Acoustic and Crying Out Loud are available to download and stream now.
The EP promises to be more than a set of stripped-down and reimagined bangers, offering up four brand new tracks that have been written and crafted specifically for an unplugged setting, as well as a couple of re-worked favourites in Criminal and Dead and Gone.
Talking about the new EP, DiScanio said "The Unplugged EP is really special for us for many reasons, one main reason being the writing process. We feel like we really went back to our roots, you know, just the band, in a room with an acoustic guitar, writing songs and having fun."
"We tend to execute our best material in an environment that is stress free and organic. Our fans have been asking for new acoustic, stripped down material for quite some time, we're happy to say it's here."
State Champs have also been doing their part to raise awareness for a number of causes. In addition to their partnership with HeadCount offering a 50% discount to the 10-year anniversary show for fans that registered to vote, the band have also explained how they will be using their platform to support the Black Lives Matter movement in the following statement posted on social media:
"There's an incredible movement happening right now in our country and throughout the world. Black voices that are tired of the injustice, the discrimination, the inequality, louder than ever in a choir fighting to be seen and accepted without prejudice, and it's long overdue,"
"We are excited to lend our voices and support alongside those protesting, donating, making petitions, gathering and distributing resources, and raising awareness. It's time to listen, learn and act, because it's time for a change."
You can head to www.statechampsny.com for a limited edition t-shirt, and a raffle to win unique pieces of State Champs memoribilia with 100% of proceeds going directly to Black Lives Matter, NAACP, Reclaim The Block and The Bail Project.
Listen to Crying Out Loud, Criminal - Acoustic and more from State Champs by visiting their Spotify page!
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