It's Derek DiScanio's birthday! To celebrate we have scoured the musical landscape for seven times that the voice of State Champs has popped up on other people's songs. Get stuck in.
SLEEP ON IT – 'FIREWORKS'
Sleep On It’s debut album is a tour de force when it comes to emotional songwriting. It’s so frantic that when it came to ‘Fireworks’ the band enlisted Derek to deliver some of his own personal brand of feeling. When he bellows out "SO WHY DON’T YOU NOTICE", it sends shivers down the spine, doesn’t it? A song perfectly tailored to be screamed at the top of your lungs.
OUR LAST NIGHT – '7 RINGS'
We all know how much Our Last Night love a good cover. Well, sometimes they invite their friends along to indulge in the joy of ramping up the rock in some pop classics, and in this case the lads were putting their own spin on Ariana’s certified bop ‘7 Rings’. There appeared to be a bit too much sass for the band to handle, so inviting Derek along to throw on a few croons was just a logical choice. You, most certainly, are moshing.
RARITY – 'ABSENT'
For those of you not familiar with Rarity, now would be a good time to get acquainted. They’ve just released a new record called ‘The Longest Lonesome’ and their ’16 debut full-length is one of the finest example of heart-on-sleeve emo-rock you will hear. But more importantly, they are Derek DiScanio approved, as represented through his appearance on this bludgeoning number.
LAST NIGHT SAVED MY LIFE – 'WATERFALL'
This is the newest entry on the list, and proof that the future of pop-punk is safe hands. The video was actually filmed at the Michigan date of this year’s Sad Summer Fest. In terms of the actual track, Last Night Saved My Life dish up the sweetest hooks and catchiest choruses and then our man Derek pops up and ties everything up with a lovely little bow. Doesn’t get much better than this does it?
OF FORTUNE AND FAME – 'TRIAL AND ERROR'
Now we are talking old school - let’s go back to 2012 together. At this point, Champs had only just signed to Pure Noise Records after they came across a demo of ‘Critical’, and the band were still growing into force of nature that we know today. Anyway, listen to how young Derek sounds on this slice of fast-paced pop-punk goodness from that appeared on Of Fortune And Fame’s ‘Perspective’ EP.
YOUNG CULTURE – 'BEDROOM FLOOR'
Young Culture released their debut EP ‘You’ back in June of 2016. It is a wonderful display of bright and breezy emo that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. The dulcet tones and beautifully fragile chords of this particular track on said EP would be perfect for a voice such as Derek DiScanio, don’t you think? WELL, YOU’RE IN LUCK BECAUSE HE IS BLOODY WELL ON IT. You’re welcome.
HOODIE ALLEN – 'ALL MY FRIENDS'
Alright alright alright, for the purists out there this isn’t just Derek. It’s actually all of State Champs BUT it’s way too good to not include. Long time friends and supporters of each other’s art, it was inevitable that the pop-punk of Champs and the rap of Hoodie would at some point cross streams, and the result is a sun-stained ode to friendship that’s impossible to get out of your head once you’ve heard it. Iconic.
Happy Birthday you absolute legend.