Concert Review: State Champs Treat Fans To Feel-Good Show
I was lucky enough to experience this on October 24th under the roof of the Northumbria Institute in Newcastle where Woes, Stand Atlantic, Seaway, and State Champs were gathered to perform.
First up came Woes, who opened the night with just the right atmosphere. They graced the stage with a down-to-earth feel and a great amount of talent. They interacted with the crowd with an ease which created a sense of community and equality. From the start of this night we knew it would be an evening of friendship, fun, and fantastic music. Their performance was emotive and raw while maintaining a level of impressive technical skill, and the sense of freedom they oozed charm. Part of me didn't want them to leave the stage. I wanted to just be in their presence and listen to them play their music and watch them use every inch of that stage and fill the room with a wave of positive energy.
They jumped right in to their song 'Criminal' with an explosion of energy from the band and the crowd - it was like we fed off of each other's energy and powered each others' movement. Champs were totally free and at home on the stage and it was so uplifting and wonderful to see. Every one of them had their own unique energy and stood out as a performer but their bond as a band was clear. â
âStill, they performed with a deep passion and great skill and managed to convey the right attitude for each song. Their ability to perform without fear meant they could pour their hearts into each song and play like the wounds being sang about were still fresh. â
When the show picked up again it was clear that the soft song hadn't put anyone to sleep. The crowd surfers keep security on their toes and earned appreciative looks from the stage and everyone continued to scream, jump and headbang with their whole hearts and souls until the night ended with a bang and real sparks shooting up from the stage.
Looking up at the men onstage I saw a group of friends who love what they do, believe in the songs they perform, and love their music like they're their own biggest fans. Even when it wasn't their line, every member was mouthing along to the words and dancing like they're in their own personal music video. The vibe coming from them was so warm and welcoming. I personally felt safe and at home at their show.
When they next come to town, I definitely want to see them again. Check out the galleries below!
Written by Meg Campbell