Tunes with Tia: A Weekly Look into the Musical Stylings of an Uber Fangirl


Image Courtesy of State Champs

Growing up, music spoke to me. It was a great way to express myself, and frankly, there’s nothing better than blasting some great tunes and dancing around the room. So what better way to write than to give you an inside look at some of my favorite songs, artists and albums? We’re going to get right to business with my favorite band, because how else would you start a column about music?

State Champs is a pop-punk band signed to Pure Noise Records that hails from Albany, New York. The band formed in 2010 and has since released four extended plays, or EP’s, and two full length albums: The Finer Things and Around the World and Back.

I got into this band about four years ago when they were on the Vans Warped Tour lineup and have since seen them live eight different times, have met all of the band members several times and even have a tattoo dedicated to them, so you could say I’m a little bit obsessed. The greatest thing about State Champs is that while they are extremely talented and have a great discography, they are also just generally nice guys.

Now let’s get to the good part, the music. If you’re into pop-punk or rock music I highly suggest giving these guys a listen because they have the hitting guitar riffs and heavy instrument driven songs to keep you listening, but if you’re into more pop stuff, they will still peak your interest as they dabble in the catchy choruses and bubble-gum tunes.

If the heavy lyrical driven songs are more your style, I suggest checking out “Shades of Gray.” This song is off one their first EP’s: Apparently I’m Nothing, which was released before they were signed and has a definite raw sound of a fresh faced band.

If you’re into the pop scene, and are looking for something catchy to jam to in the car, I suggest you listen to “Perfect Score” off of their latest full-length album, Around the World and Back. This tune has a melody you can bob your head to and a catchy chorus that will have you singing along by the end of the track.

There’s a few tracks to get you started. Depending on what style you’re into, you’ll find your way from there. If there’s one thing I’m sure of though, it’s that you don’t want to sleep on this band. Their fan base is continually growing throughout the years and they will no doubt be a band you wish you would have listened to before they blew up.

Tia Wilson for the Journal