US five-piece pop punk outfit State Champs played their biggest UK headline show at London’s Roundhouse.
Kicking off with the ‘energy bomb’ that is Criminal from their latest album Living Proof, the crowd was already losing it, singing, jumping and crowd surfing. The followed-up with some of their most popular tracks, including Frozen, Mine Is Gold, Crystal Ball and Dead and Gone, finishing with Secrets.
The fire on stage during the first song, helps to make the atmosphere even more intense. Lead singer Derek DiScanio knows how to entertain a big crowd of people by jumping everywhere and engaging with them.
Support on the night included Australian alt-rock band Stand Atlantic, who clearly had plenty of fans of their own hiding in the crowd too. Super fresh from their debut album, Skinny Dipping being released only a day before the gig, they were more than ready to put on a decent show. Lead singer and guitarist Bonnie Fraser has a strong, powerful but sometimes soft voice that someone works perfectly with the whole sound of the band.
There was also support from Canadian group Seaway, who brought just the right amount of craziness needed before State Champs. Immediately getting people moving, stomping and singing along some of their best tracks – doing enough to inspire the pop-punk ritual of a mosh pit to open up in the middle of the room. That the first support act of the night can achieve that tells you everything about what a superb night’s entertainment this was!
Review & photos by Selena Ferro