Vancouver, BC’s CHIEF STATE Annnounce 5-song acoustic EP — out on April 5 via Mutant League Records

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Vancouver, BC’s CHIEF STATE Releasing 5-song acoustic EP on April 5

First Single + Video “Living Out A Lie” Will Drop On February 21


“Pure pop-punk brilliance.” – Rock Sound

“A Pop Punk Masterclass”- TUNED UP

“High energy and relentless with its upright honesty.”- Closed Captioned

“Chief State — a blast of emo-flavored pop punk.”- HollywoodLife

“As soon as we hit play our jaws DROPPED…gave us the pop-punk stan urge to headbang and finger point along. If you like bands like The Story So Far or Neck Deep, we have a feeling Chief State will be another fave to add to your list! We already know it’s going to be a fan favorite new pop punk release from this year.”- The Honey Pop


Vancouver, BC pop punk trailblazers, Chief State, unveil their latest release – a 5-song acoustic EP that promises to redefine your connection with their music. Set to release via Mutant League Records in April 2024, “The Acoustic EP” invites listeners to rediscover Chief State’s catalog through a captivating and intimate lens.

The first single “Living Out A Lie” will be released on February 21.

Pre-save ‘The Acoustic EP’ here:

Of the EP’s first single and video, “Living Out A Lie”, front man Fraser Simpson says, “As the name suggests, this song is about the feeling of your life being a lie, self-doubt, faking it until you make it, imposter syndrome. Something I constantly struggle with. I’ve made a lot of choices to get where I am today and often I’m not sure if I’m actually being true to myself. The song also speaks directly about doubt in previous relationships, whether my heart was actually in it. The video, created by the brilliant Lindsey Blane, really tied this idea together and we deliberately ended it before knowing the answer to the guy’s proposal. I think we’re all a little glossy on the surface, we show what we want to show but once it comes down to a life changing choice, like shown in the video, the truth will come out.”

In honor of Valentine’s Day, Chief State and Mutant League Records have launched a limited edition “Valentines Day” shirt design, available exclusively through the Mutant League webstore.

All V-day shirt purchases through April 5th will receive a handwritten lyric by Fraser Simpson of Chief State, along with a song from the upcoming EP.

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Photo: Mike Millan


Chief State Valentine’s Day T-shirt

‘The Acoustic EP’ Track Listing:

1. Team Wiped

2. Deciduous

3. Living Out A Lie

4. Metaphors

5. Jamie All Over


What others have said about Chief State:

“With hearts pinned to their sleeves and tears staining their cheeks, Chief State deal in pop-punk at its most bittersweet. Delivering as much urgency as you could possibly hope for”– Rock Sound

“Chief State deafen with high-octane pop punk. (1 of 10 Pop-punk Bands Proving The Genre Is Very Much Alive)”– Alternative Press

“Chief State’s debut album was well worth the wait. The band continues to incorporate the energy and emotion found in their previous material and created a very memorable record.”- Live A Little Bit Louder

“…an instant-classic…Tough Love is chock full of high-quality moments.”- The New Fury

“…The perfect mix of modern era punk rock with all the right touches of inspiration from the 90s era bands that littered the rosters of Epitaph and Fat Wreck Chords.”– All Ages Zine