State Champs dropped a new single entitled “10 AM” on Wednesday (July 22), a song that highlights the high-energy band’s ability to slow it down a bit with front man Derek DiScanio sharing “10 AM might be the most experimental song we’ve written and recorded.”
“However, it stemmed from a simple idea to have a mellow, acoustic, feel-good vibe, and mix it with lyrical frustration about questioning your worth in a relationship and unrequited love,” DiScanio continued. “We were able to bring in some unique electronic elements in post production to top everything off and we’re excited to see what everyone thinks of the final product.”
“10 AM” joins their already released tracks “Criminal (Acoustic)” and “Crying Out Loud” from their forthcoming EP, State Champs Unplugged, which is due out on August 14 via Pure Noise Records. You can preorder the new record HERE.
The unplugged album comes in time for the band’s 10 Year Anniversary, the EP offers up four brand new tracks crafted specifically for this setting, plus a surprising reworking of “Criminal” and a moving new take on “Dead and Gone.” It’s a record that’s reflective of the diverse listening habits of the foursome, unapologetic about their love of everything from Pop to Country without sacrificing the upbeat enthusiasm of the central influences that first moved their collective souls.
“The Unplugged EP is special for us for many reasons, one main reason being the writing process. We feel like we really went back to our roots, you know, just the band, in a room with an acoustic guitar, writing songs and having fun,” shared DiScanio on the upcoming EP. “We tend to execute our best material in an environment that is stress free and organic. Our fans have been asking for new acoustic, stripped down material for quite some time, we’re happy to say it’s here.”
State Champs Unplugged EP Track Listing
1. A Thousand Hearts
2. The Recipe
3. 10 AM
4. Crying Out Loud
6. Dead and Gone