State Champs ‘Living Proof’ tour arrives at the Waterfront

Pop-punk was alive and well last night as New York’s own State Champs brought their Living Proof UK Tour to the Waterfront in Norwich with three support bands including Scottish band Woes, Aussie trio Stand Atlantic and Canadian five-piece Seaway.

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WOES

Edinburgh’s own pop punkers Woes kick started the evening and very much set the tone for the rest of the show by getting the crowd jumping and dancing around to the sound of their fun loving party vibes.

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Unlike a couple of the other bands tonight, this was not Woes first appearance in Norwich having previously played a headline show in the Waterfront Studio and they are clearly showing off all the experience they have gained from shows such as this by getting the crowd jumping and leaving an impression on a crowded bill where it could be easy to slip between the cracks.

Coming on stage to a decent crowd as they brought their charm with their lead singer connecting with the crowd from the off and their skills are tight together and finished their set in what they described as a sad song for their last song ‘Worst Friend’.

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STAND ATLANTIC

After a very quick switch over and sound check it was time for Australian band Stand Atlantic to take centre stage and launching into more pop punk goodness they didn’t take long to announce it was their first time playing in Norwich and you could see just a hint of nerves from lead singer Bonnie Fraser, but that soon dissipated as the crowd warmed to the group.

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Fraser however did a fantastic job at connecting with the crowd by pointing out her and her bassist David Potter’s slight fashion accident by both wearing the same clothing and how it wasn’t planned, they do however get bonus points as they were both repping Banquet Records.

As the set flew by their final song, “Coffee at Midnight”, had plenty of heads nodding and  singing along in the crowd as voices were starting to grow helping finish the final chorus as the band definitely made some new fans tonight and left a sense of excitement for what’s next.

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SEAWAY

On to the third and final support act of the evening Seaway jumped on stage and didn’t stop for their entire set as the crowd happily joined in mixing jumping, singing and the odd crowd surf doing everything they could to get closer to their pop-punk heroes.

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Lead singer Ryan Locke had the mammoth task of keeping the energy levels up and did so in superb fashion,  holding the crowd in the palm of his hand by constantly moving and lending his mic to fans at the front to join in a be part of the band, which the crowd took full advantage of by being fantastic backing singers whenever the band chose.

Energy levels stayed at a consistent high and truly lived up to the pop punk spectacle that the night promised to be, each support band made a good account of themselves each individually hyping the incoming headliners State Champs who were soon about to take the stage.

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STATE CHAMPS

And finally State Champs took us to the finale of this pop punk marathon of a show and boy did they deliver from the off. Boxes lined the stage as frontman Derek DiScanio led the crowd to the peak of the bouncy fun that makes a pop-punk show.  Aptly dressed in a Michael Jordan basketball jersey the whole band bounced to heights Jordan would be proud of.

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Rarely taking chances to rest the band streamed through fan favourites such as ‘Remedy’ and ‘Criminal’ whilst saving top hits ‘Elevated’ and ‘Secrets’ for their encore which left the crowd leaving on a bouncy high after dancing the night away with some of the hottest upcoming pop-punk bands in Woes and Stand Atlantic whilst partying with some at the top of their game in Seaway and State Champs.

 

LIVE REVIEW: Walk the Moon + Flor at The Waterfront

Last night we got the chance to see two fantastic and pure fun filled sets at the The Waterfront, who hosted the likes of headliners Walk the Moon and support act, Flor.

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Flor

Originally from Oregon, US, these four young artists, seem like a group of school friends who got together and created a band. Their fun and laid back vibe followed them as they entered the Waterfront, through the main entrance, stopped at the side of the stage for a very quick pre-show ritual and then finally went up onto the stage and started their set. While other artists tend to have their stage entrance very thoroughly planned out, like you will read about Walk the Moon further down, Flor made it all seem so genuine as though they were randomly passing by this venue and thought they would pop in and play a few songs.

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Opening the night with two upbeat tracks, the crowd instantly liked their catchy and easy to listen to songs, which you just cant help but enjoy. Two tracks in and problems seemed to arise as the bass guitarist, Dylan Bauld, couldn’t hear anything but bass in his ear piece, but this was quickly sorted by their crew. This caused barely any disruption though and lead vocalist, Zach Grace just laughed it off at the end of the song and then got on with the rest of their set. On the third track, a chilled atmosphere takes over the Waterfront and energy levels decrease for a moment and then kept at a steady pace throughout the rest of their set, building up to the craziness that was going to be Walk The Moon.

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Very talented and charismatic young lads, although unknown to the Norwich crowd they managed to put on a perfectly enjoyable show, so much so that as they were walking off the stage, someone shouted “You are so good, I love you!” – No doubt they will go on to win the hearts of more fans throughout the country and we hope to see them again soon, hopefully as headliners!

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Walk The Moon

Complete darkness, an empty stage, jungle noises and suddenly, the very famous chant from the beginning of Lion King’s ‘Circle of Life’ song as Walk the Moon emerges from the dark corners of the stage and get right into their set with the track that also titles their tour, Press Restart, a song quite different from their very well known Shut Up and Dance.

A simple set up behind them, these guys can raise the roof simply with their presence. Surrounded by an atmosphere of fun and relief, Walk The Moon have definitely made you forget about everything, lose yourself in the music, and just have fun.

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A few songs in it was finally time for a little banter with the crowd, lead singer Nicholas Petricca confirming that this was their first time in Norwich. Before moving on to the next song, to the request of the crowd, they sang Happy Birthday to one of their fans, definitely a birthday to remember!

Nearing the halfway point of their set, things are slowed down with Aquaman, and so begins the build up to Shut Up and Dance, a track which, without a doubt, was the highlight of the night. One could say, they certainly made the Norwich crowd dance… and sing along!

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Although the hardships that caused their last tour to be cancelled and the band members nearly going their separate ways for good, Walk the Moon have come back more than fighting, with a brilliant album, released back in November and their great energy that is simply contagious! We will keep an eye out for their next move and look forward to seeing them back in East Anglia!