“Chief State unleashes (pun intended!) a blast of emo-flavored pop punk about wanting to move on from your state in life.”- HollywoodLife
Photo: Lindsey Blane
Vancouver, BC pop-punks Chief State have released another new single titled “Out For Me,” off their upcoming and long-awaited debut full-length ‘Waiting For Your Colours,’ set for release via Mutant League Records on July 1.
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.
Fri, Jun 3, 2022 Vancouver, BC – Buddha’s
Sat, Jun 4, 2022 Seattle, WA – Funhouse
w/ Calling All Captains
Wed, Jun 8, 2022 Portland, OR – Mano Oculta
Thu, Jun 9, 2022 Sacramento, CA – Goldfield Midtown
Fri, Jun 10, 2022 Cupertino, CA – The X Bar
Sat, Jun 11, 2022 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
Sun, Jun 12, 2022 Los Angeles, CA – Los Globos
Tue, Jun 14, 2022 Mesa, AZ – Rebel Lounge
Wed, Jun 15, 2022 El Paso, TX – Raves Club
Thu, Jun 16, 2022 Arlington, TX Mavericks
Fri, Jun 17, 2022 Houston, TX – Acadia Bar & Grill
Sat, Jun 18, 2022 Austin, TX – Mohawk
Sun, Jun 19, 2022 New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa
Tue, Jun 21, 2022 Atlanta, GA – Smith’s Olde Bar
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