State Champs took us back to 2005 last year with their music video for “Dead and Gone,” and now the pop-punk band is taking us back one more time for “Criminal”, the latest installment to the cursed iPod story.
The “Criminal” music video, which premiered with Billboard last week, follows a guy on a search for a 5th generation iPod classic from different Craigslist listings. His search puts him through 8 different situations lead by the same Craigslist seller/scammer. She is the obvious criminal in the music video, but metaphorically her role plays to the lyrics of the song.
“Criminal” comes from the band’s third studio album, Living Proof, which was released via Pure Noise Records last summer. Living Proof sticks to State Champs native pop punk roots in this honest emotional album.
In a press release, bassist Ryan Scott Graham shares, “Miguel Barbosa had a great vision to expand on our idea of developing a series of interconnected videos for this album cycle, this of course being a prequel of sorts to the video for Dead and Gone. We had a lot of people asking about the meaning of it all, but we’re not ready to divulge that information yet! Just watch the video and enjoy.”
Here’s the “Dead and Gone” clip, for reference:
In addition to the release of the music video, the five-piece New York band planned to give away the iPod Classic featured in the video loaded with the band’s songs and other favorites.
Our brand new music video for "Criminal" is premiering now on @Billboard! RT this for a chance to win the iPod used in the video! Winner will be announced this Saturday.
WATCH: https://t.co/4vEA2Evw9V pic.twitter.com/YzpXP0u4PW
— State Champs (@State_Champs) February 28, 2019
State Champs’ North American Living Proof Tour kicking off tomorrow in Chicago, IL. The band will be touring along side Our Last Night, The Dangerous Summer, and Grayscale.
North American Tour Dates:
March 5 – Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe
March 6 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
March 8 – New York, NY – Playstation Theater**
March 9 – Boston, MA – House of Blues**
March 10 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts**
March 12 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage **
March 13 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground
March 14 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues**
March 15 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
March 16 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
March 18 – Denver, CO – Summit
March 19 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
March 21 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
March 22 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre**
March 23 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
March 24 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
March 26 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
March 28 – Austin, TX – Scoot In
March 29 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
** – SOLD OUT