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Showbox Presents

State Champs

Event Information

Guests 21 and over can join us in the Kerns Music Lounge (adjacent to our main lobby) 2 hours prior to scheduled door time for food, drinks and priority entry into the showroom.

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Artist Information

Over the past decade, Albany, New York’s  State  Champs  have  become  a  major  player  in  the  world  of  pop-punk,  helping  define  the  shape  of  the  genre  for  a  new  generation  of  fans.  And on June 15 2018, Living Proof pushed pop-punk  forward.  Formed in 2010  by  vocalist  Derek  DiScanio  and  guitarist  Tyler  Szalkowski,  the  pair  began  laying the  foundation  of  State  Champs  in  garages  and  basements  throughout  their  hometown.  The band’s lineup  would  shift  a  bit,  but  DiScanio  and  Szalkowski  were  always  at  the  helm,  crafting  the  band’s  2013  debut,  The  Finer  Things,  along  with  guitarist  Tony  "Rival"  Diaz  and  drummer  Evan  Ambrosio.  They’d add bassist  Ryan  Scott  Graham  the  following  year  and,  in  2015,  they’d  release  Around  The  World  And  Back,  a  record  that  elevated  State  Champs  to  a  frontrunner  in  the  genre.  The band’s third album, Living Proof,  was  released  on June  15  on  Pure  Noise  Records,  and  it’s 

the most  ambitious  and  cohesive  work  in  the  band’s  catalog.  “It was like, let’s  take  as  many  swings  at  it,  try  as  many  new  things  and  experiment,  until  we  get  to  the  point  where  we  could  start  searching  through  it  all  and  then  find  the  album,”  says  DiScanio  of  the  writing  process. On an  album  full  of  go-for-broke  moments,  State  Champs  pushed  themselves  to  new  heights  without 

ever forgetting  where  they  came  from.  “There are songs  on  this  album  about  everything,”  he  said,  “There’s  break-ups,  and  flings,  love, loss,  all  of  that.  I’ve seen  a  little  bit  of  everything  through  this  writing  process.”  Living Proof 

is a  record  about  coming  out  the  other  side  those  experiences,  both  triumphant  and  humbled.  That growth as  palpable,  as  State  Champs  made  a  record  that’s  like  nothing  they’ve  done  before,  but is  still an  album  that  only  they  could  ever  make.

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*Service and handling fees are added to the price of each ticket.
  • Thu, March 21, 2019
  • 8:00 PM
  • $23.50
  • All Ages to Enter, 21 & Over to Drink
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