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.

 

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LIVE REVIEW – Marmozets + Black Peaks at the Waterfront

For me this is my second time seeing the Marmozets live, it’s always nice to be able to see bands multiple times because it gives you the opportunity to truly see the evolution of the band and how they have progressed. On my first time seeing them live it was off the back of them releasing their debut album ‘The Weird and Wonderful…’ and last night it was the beginning of their UK tour for ‘Knowing What You Know Now’ with Black Peaks accompanying as support.

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The band erupted on to the stage showcasing their heavy riffs and dynamic range that lead singer Will Gardner is capable of, with their songs expertly mixing heavy and clean vocals in with each other, it very quickly shows just how technically capable and tight this band is with their intricate riffs and mix of styles incorporated into most of their tracks that really make these guys stand out.

You could see from the offset that this band just wanted to jump and move as much as possible, due to the set up of the stage it offered limited space but Gardner paced around every inch. Crowd favourite ‘Glass Built Castles’ easily got the biggest reaction in the room, with mosh pits and singing creating a sea of energy that the band just fed off making their songs that much more intense.

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Marmozets

Straight from the beginning as much of their equipment was pushed as far back on stage as possible, creating room for the whole band to move as freely as possible. Lead singer Becca Macintyre made sure to make the most of this space, dancing and moving around with each beat of their songs, showing the passion each and every band member has for their music.

In the mix of the songs there was a point where Becca addressed the crowd, admitting to the struggles of her voice breaking whilst out on tour; from this issue the band had to cancel the rest of their US tour as Becca was under strict instructions not to sing; from these struggles she admitted to thinking about calling it quits, but from the adoration and reaction this and every song up to now had received, she confirmed “there is no way that’s happening now, this is beautiful”. Up to now the band have had their struggles with such a long stretch in between albums and numerous injuries and illnesses that has caused the band to have to cancel shows, it’s reaffirming to see that they have continued to fight through this, with Becca continuously going to prove why she is one of the best front women around.

The set throughout was perfectly layered with songs from ‘The Weird and Wonderful…’ and ‘Knowing What You Know Now’ mixing the heavier with the slightly slower, my only criticism being that it felt like ‘Insomnia’ came a little too early in the set being the first of their slower tracks to be played, personally it felt like they needed one that wasn’t as slow such as ‘Captivate You’ which would of kept that early energy running high, the placement of ‘Run with the Rhythm’ which followed on from the madness of ‘Vibetech’ fitted perfectly with Becca announcing “This next one means a lot to me as i’m sure it means a lot to you’ the sound just translated so well to the live stage, you could just feel the power and emotional weight emanate through the speakers.

To compare from when I first saw Marmozets to now, not a lot has changed, they have more material and are still developing as a band but thankfully the same passion and ferocity is still there at the core. From Becca being a constant source of fun energy to Josh Macintyre using every opportunity to stand on his drums, and even coming to the front of a stage to start a circle pit. The pure passion and energy has remained despite all the setbacks this band has faced and I certainly hope they go on to continue as they are and hope that they don’t suffer any more setbacks in the future.