“High energy and relentless with its upright honesty.”- Closed Captioned
“Chief State unleashes (pun intended!) a blast of emo-flavored pop punk about wanting to move on from your state in life.”- HollywoodLife
“As soon as we hit play our jaws DROPPED. The drums and guitars coming in together, the vocals, all of it 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
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Vancouver, BC pop-punks Chief State have debuted “22 Reasons,” the next single off the band’s long-awaited debut full-length ‘Waiting For Your Colours,’ set for release via Mutant League Records on July 1.
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Of the new track, vocalist Fraser Simpson says, “22 Reasons is a song that we’re all really proud of. It’s pretty different to what we normally do so we’re stoked to finally share it! This was the song that started to shape our album, it got the ball rolling and created the momentum needed to push through with this project during what was a difficult time for everyone in 2021. The lyrics are an honest introspection into a breakup I went through, how my perspective had changed from being with someone so closely to then being on the outside looking in. That was the hardest at first, knowing someone for so long to then only being able to see their light from a distance. Looking back I can see it was an essential part of my own growth, the hardship of that time led me to question what I was doing with my life. I had been just waiting for my colours to come through. This album is about my journey over the last few years but it is something we all go through. It’s about trying to find out who you are and who you want to be, trying to find your colours. 22 Reasons is the last single before our album comes out on July 1st, we’re so grateful to everyone that has supported us on this journey! Whether you’ve been with us for a while or are brand new please keep spreading the word!”
The follow-up to the band’s 2021 stand-alone single “Metaphors” and 2020 breakthrough EP ‘Tough Love,’ ‘Waiting For Your Colours’ is the culmination of 5 years of relentless hustle (not to mention a boatload of blood, sweat, and tears).
The journey to get here began with frontman Fraser Simpson, who at an impasse in his life, decided on a whim to leave his home in the UK for Japan in 2014 and eventually move to North America to form a band via Craigslist, where he connected with Nik Pang, Chloe Kavanagh, Justin Pham and Joseph Soderholm to create Chief State.
Uncertainty, longing, a search for meaning, and assessing life choices make up the themes on the new album, which chronicles closing out your 20s
at a crossroads and examining where we belong, our place in the world, and allowing ourselves the time to figure it all out.
Simpson says, “There’s definitely a coming of age theme on the new album. We’re asking ourselves: What am I looking to get out of life, out of being in a band? What joys do I want to pursue and where do I want to place my energy moving forward? We’ve come to the realization that we all need to stress less on the things we can’t control and enjoy more of what we have, what we can control and the journey itself.”
Collectively the band members spent their young adult lives struggling mentally, emotionally and financially, in pursuit of their dreams, but the grind appears to have paid off, as Chief State is now on the cusp of something great!
With an ever-growing legion of fans in their corner, a reputation for stellar live shows, and a new album’s worth of kickass songs in their arsenal, 2022 is shaping up to be the year of Chief State.
w/ Calling All Captains
Wed, Jun 22, 2022 Greer, SC – The Spinning Jenny
Thu, Jun 23, 2022 Columbus, OH – Big Room Bar
w/ Settle Your Scores & Wilmette
Fri, Jun 24, 2022 Canton, OH – The Auricle
Sat, Jun 25, 2022 Covington, KY – Madison Live
Sun, Jun 26, 2022 Indianapolis, IN – Hoosier Dome
Tue, Jun 28, 2022 Louisville, KY – Mag Bar
Thu, Jun 30, 2022 St. Louis, MO – Duck Room
Fri, Jul 1, 2022 Des Moines, IA – Lefty’s
Sat, Jul 2, 2022 Chicago, IL – Subterranean
Sun, Jul 3, 2022 Madison, WI – TBA
Tue, Jul 5, 2022 Fargo, ND – The Hall at Fargo Brewing Company
Wed, Jul 6, 2022 Minneapolis, MN – Midway Saloon
Thu, Jul 7, 2022 Lincoln, NE – 1867 Bar
Fri, Jul 8, 2022 Denver, CO – Moe’s Original
Sat, Jul 9, 2022 Salt Lake City, UT – The Loading Dock
“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