State Champs - Living Proof (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 41:58 minutes | 522 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover
I was worried for a start, worried that Albany-based pop punkers State Champs would be treading down the much maligned, sugar-coated radio-pop route. The been-there-done-that "whoa-oh-oh" gang vocals that announce lead single "Dead and Gone" has the John Feldmann stigma written all over it (one of the three producers on this album, mind you) and it detracts from what is otherwise, a rock solid pop-punk tune ‒ complete with a memorable chorus. Fortunately, "Dead and Gone" is the only track on State Champs third LP, Living Proof, that features full-on pop sensibilities and almost sticks out like a sore thumb because of it. Make no mistake; Living Proof is an absolute shot in the arm, with frenzied, white knuckle pop-punk bangers permeating a majority of the track listing. While palate cleansers do arise, they feel more like they exist solely for the sake of providing the album with some much needed breathing room in light of all the explosive, feel-good energy that rests at the core of the album.