NY-based pop-punks State Champs are celebrating their 10-year anniversary by releasing State Champs Unplugged, a 6-track EP comprised of four brand new songs as well as two fan-favorite tracks from Living Proof all stripped back and due for release on 14th August 2020 via Pure Noise Records.
“The Unplugged EP is 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,” shared DiScanio on the upcoming EP. “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 will also be hosting a 10-Year Anniversary Variety Show online for fans on the 22nd of June. The evening will feature performances from home, the exclusive premiere of some new music from the EP, special guests, a brand new webisode of “Shot Boys”, a live Q&A and more. Fans can pre-order the EP when they purchase tickets to the 10-Year Celebration at https://www.statechampsny.com/.
“We’re excited to Celebrate our 10th Birthday as a band in the best fashion: An interactive online variety show where we get to hang out with fans, perform, reminisce, and tell stories from the past 10 years,” shares vocalist Derek DiScanio. “We’ll be bringing in some surprise guests, and even premiering new music. That’s right, those who purchase tickets to the event will be the first to hear some brand new tunes and music videos from our upcoming Unplugged EP. There will be exclusive merch deals right on the event page and we’ll top the night off with a live Q&A hangout with everyone. This is the most unique event we’ve ever thrown and we can’t wait to share it with everyone as we ring in the next chapter of Champs.”
State Champs have partnered with HeadCount to offer a 50% discount on tickets for all fans who register to vote. For those that are not of age to register, they can pledge with HeadCount and still receive the discount. For more information, visit HeadCount.org/StateChamps.
In addition to this partnership with HeadCount, State Champs recently unveiled ways they will be helping to use their platform to champion the Black Lives Matter movement. “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,” shared the band on social media. “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.” Fans can head to https://www.statechampsny.com/ for a limited edition t-shirt and the opportunity to win unique pieces of State Champs memorabilia through raffles.