State Champs opened up the Reading Festival main stage on Sunday. This is what we learned.
THEY'RE READY FOR THIS
A summer on Warped Tour has turned them into a lean, mean, circle pit-starting machine, while tours with All Time Low and 5 Seconds Of Summer mean they know how to handle even the biggest arenas.
Make no mistake - State Champs are ready for the Reading Festival main stage.
AND WHEN THEY DO HIT THE STAGE, IT SOUNDS BIG
Pop-punk bands can struggle on stages as big as this, but State Champs have no such problem. The likes of 'Shape Up' and an almighty stomp through 'All You Are Is History' sounds meaty in all the right places.
DEREK IS ONE OF THE BEST POP-PUNK VOCALISTS AROUND
Something else that sets this band apart is Derek DiScanio. Decked in his seemingly ever-present cap, he's pitch perfect today.
That'd be impressive enough if he was stood on stage with a mic stand, but he high-kicks and bounds his way around the stage and still manages to sound nigh-on flawless. In this game, that's almost unheard of.
THEY'RE NOT ONE TRICK PONIES Today, these five lads prove they're not just a pop-punk band. For every jump-the-fuck-up bounce, there's something different and interesting, which can only bode well for the future. The triple-vocal outro to 'Remedy' by Derek, Tyler and Ryan in particular is something pretty special.
THEY'RE HAPPY, AND THEY'RE NOT AFRAID TO SHOW IT It feels like when they reach a certain level, bands try to play it cool, hide behind sunglasses and act like all of this isn't a big deal.
Not State Champs. They're clearly stoked to be at Reading, and have smiles plastered across their faces throughout. That's the most endearing thing about this half-hour and this band.
"What a day. What a weekend. What a fucking summer," shouts Derek towards the end of their set.