The bitter cold and hateful rain seemed to cause accidents and traffic galore on the M62 tonight, meaning that I missed the early starts of both Only Rivals and Candy Hearts. It’s incredibly annoying for a review but also on a personal level as I’ve been waiting to see Candy Hearts for a while; this tragedy will have to live with myself for a little while longer.
However, despite my tears that were hidden by the rain, rushing into the venue to be greeted by the start of State Champs set was a delight. It hit me that being at a pop punk show was probably the best way to overcome my sorrows, especially the greatest pop punk line up 2014 has had to offer.
Despite only having their debut ‘The Finer Things’ under their belt, State Champs have plenty of solid material for any length set they’re given. It’s a short one tonight, but like I said, quality over quantity. The band probably aren’t used to such a large stage, especially within the UK, but they seem to be at home in a natural habitat. There’s plenty here who unfortunately won’t have heard of the band before tonight, but they’re leaving with a new favourite for the ride home. (3.5/5)
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