PREMIERE: State Champs’ “Around The World And Back” is a gorgeous acoustic duet

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State Champs
photo: Sandra Markovic

Albany, New York, quintet State Champs has been on the tip of everyone’s tongues this year, and for good reason—their brand of pop-punk is anthemic, energetic and oh-so-poppy. But the band has won over plenty of people due to their softer side, too, which is why they made the title track of their new album, Around The World And Back, a gorgeous acoustic duet with Jule Vera frontwoman Ansley Newman. Frontman Derek DiScanio explains:

“‘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.”

State Champs’ Around The World And Back will be released October 16 via Pure Noise Records and can be pre-ordered here. You can pick up a copy of Substream #48, which has a big feature on State Champs, here.

Catch State Champs on tour with the Wonder Years, current Substream cover stars Motion City Soundtrack and You Blew It! this fall:

October 17th – Webster Hall – New York, NY
October 18th – Webster Hall – New York, NY
October 20th – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
October 22nd – Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
October 23rd – The Fillmore – Detroit, MI
October 24th – Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL
October 25th – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
October 27th – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
October 28th – Murray Theater – Salt Lake City, UT
October 30th – Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane, WA
October 31st – Showbox at the Market – Seattle, WA
November 2nd – The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
November 3rd – The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
November 5th –House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
November 6th – The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
November 7th – SOMA – San Diego, CA
November 8th – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
November 10th – Alamo City Music Hall – San Antonio, TX
November 11th – House Of Blues – Houston, TX
November 12th – House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
November 13th – The Blue Note – Columbia, MO
November 14th – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
November 16th – Cannery Ballroom – Nashville, TN
November 18th – The Ritz Ybor – Tampa, FL
November 19th – Revolution – Fort Lauderdale, FL
November 20th – House of Blues – Orlando, FL
November 21st – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
November 23rd – Amos’ Southend – Charlotte, NC
November 24th – Rams Head Live! – Baltimore, MD
November 25th – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
November 27th – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ