Acoustic Corner: State Champs Cover Paramore’s “Playing God”

The newcomers and now favorites to the pop punk scene, State Champs covered one of our all time  favorite bands…Paramore. The iconic song “Playing God” originally belted out by fiery red-head frontwoman, Hayley Williams, is now altered to the vocal range of Derek Discanio, and the acoustic rendition is something of all pop punk dreams.

Make sure to watch the video below of State Champ’s cover of “Playing God” :

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State Champs release title track to upcoming album “Around The World And Back”

Everyone seems to be looking to the the pop punk group from Albany, New York this fall, as State Champs prepare to release their next full length LP, Around The World And Back.

The quintet State Champs has been on the tip of everyone’s tongues this year, and for good reason—their brand of pop-punk is emotional, energetic and even the right amount of poppy. But the band has won over plenty of people due to their softer side, which is why the title track of their new album, Around The World And Back, a gorgeous acoustic duet with Jule Vera front woman, Ansley Newman.

Being an acoustic track, this song easily draws the listener in with the pairing of soft guitar and the voices from Derek DiScanio and Ansley Newman.

DiScanio even described the song as something ‘different’ for the band and something beautiful:

“‘Around The World And Back’ is a song about commitment issues and finding a way to overcome them, live in the moment and embrace every opportunity at hand. It’s the first duet song we’ve ever done, and we’re very excited about it. Ansley’s voice is incredible and it’s very refreshing to hear the first female voice featured on a State Champs track.” 

Listen to the track “Around The World And Back” below and make sure the catch State Champs on TOUR this fall! –

State Champs’ Around The World And Back will be released October 16 via Pure Noise Records and can be pre-ordered here.