State Champs certainly brought pop punk to life on Thursday (10th March) as they were joined by Brighton band As It Is and Northbound joined them.
I managed to catch some of As It Is’ set before the main headliner can I honestly say these guys have a lot of potential and are set for a very bright future.
The lighting was absolutely amazing and gave an amazing presence for the venue. I managed to get right up close to the band and you could really see they put everything in to their set which was refreshing to see. They played songs from their latest album Okay which included Hey Rachel and really got the crowd going.
State Champs got on the stage and a packed out Engine Rooms started to scream. They started off with one of their more well known songs Losing Myself which went down really well and was a perfect way to kick off the set. There’s something about this band that gives something different to any other pop punk band and Derek Discanio’s vocals certainly showed that with their next song Hard to Please. With the lighting shining on, the band really put 110% in to every single one of their songs. Although the likes of Neck Deep and WSTR are currently leading the way for the UK Pop Punk scene, State Champs reminded where the genre began with the likes of Blink 182 and New Found Glory as they made their country proud.
They performed Shape shortly after with Eyes Closed following on after. Remedy was another well known song even for the neutrals that attended the gig and they made sure they sung this perfectly as it would sound on the radio. State Champs also played All or Nothing, All You Are Is History and Easy Enough before they slowed things down with some acoustic songs. They played Stick Around and If I’m Lucky which really brought the whole venue to a stop as you could just stand their admire all the lyrics. The band then got things going again with Perfect Score, Simple Existence , Breaking Ground and Elevated which finished off an amazing set from the New York based band. They did play one more song however for an encore which was Secrets, and this really really got the crowd going for one last time. On night I think the Southampton crowd done the local rock scene proud as they kept on singing and moshing throughout. It was a great night and if you’re near any of the remaining dates, I suggest you check these guys out.