The crowd are certainly in for a massive spread of pop-punk inside Leeds’ O2 Academy, Stand Atlantics brand of angsty pop punk make them one of Australia’s rising stars, and this is the perfect crowd for them. They may have had some guitar problems pre-set, but everything seemed clean cut from first song to last. New album Skinny Dipping is only a couple of weeks old yet tracks like ‘Lavender Bones’ and title track ‘Skinny Dipping’ proved to have already made a massive impact amongst the Leeds crowd.
Upon first glance you might take these men in Seaway very seriously, until you listen to their lyrics of not being able to move to London because “I’m too broke and no fun” and singing a song about ‘Shy Guys’ because they “always wanted to dance.” Their music videos are packed full of striking outfits dressing up which is very evident in ‘Lula On The Beach’, unfortunately there’s no costume changes during this set but the song still brings a funky chorus to get everyone moving.
This being State Champs biggest UK run to date, they seem keen to impress bringing in some radiant sparklers during first track ‘Criminal’, but who could really blame them, they’ve come to amaze and brought their new album Living Proof with them. Whilst their statement pop-punk has its certain charm, vocalist Derek DiScanio has a cheeky, loveable persona that becomes evidently clear during their more upbeat songs. Jumping around the stage, kicking his legs in the air and throwing some sweet little dance moves in amongst providing his vocal talent.
Slowing things down for acoustic track ‘If I’m Lucky’, taken from their The Acoustic Things album released back in 2014, it seems to be the pivotal track from that album to stay in their setlists since. Beautifully inviting the crowd to sing back at DiScanio’s sweetly sung vocals. Whilst continuing to show their sensitive side, ‘Our Time To Go’ brings a slowly building verse into a humongous chorus.
Everything about their show has the makings of strikingly clean pop-punk, a headlining set of around twenty tracks is already impressive in itself. They still have one foot in their roots with songs that cause a landslide of crowd surfers clambering over each other to yell the lyrics right back at them, almost like a club show with no barrier. But also, still have that pop edge that all ages can get on board with. As they become more and more popular they still maintain their core roots whilst providing layers of maturity to bring them to the next level.