Well, bummer news everyone. As if we weren’t all bummed out enough as it is, pop-punkers State Champs have just announced the departure of guitarist Tony Diaz.
In a statement to their fans, the remaining four members Derek DiScanio, Tyler Szalkowski, Evan Ambrosio and Ryan Scott Graham said:
“We all know that some good things must come to an end. After some soul searching and much deliberation, Tony Diaz, has decided to step away from State Champs. Everyone always says it, but we mean it when we say there’s no bad blood between us. Tony is a special person and will continue to do great things. We wish them the best of luck in all of their future endeavors. Tony’s position will not be filled and we will continue as a four-piece. Thank you for your understanding and your support. We love you and will see you all soon. And if you need them? They’ll be in Azeroth.”
As for Diaz, he took to Twitter to say:
“To Ryan, Tyler, Derek and Evan: Thank you for everything you’ve done for me in these 8 years together. Your patience, love, support and senses of humor will not be forgotten or ever go unappreciated here. I know so many great things are coming your way, and I am so proud of you all.
To the SC fans: How I’ll miss you. You have all been a constant source of happiness and positivity that I never could have imagined I would ever have. Thank you all for putting a smile on my face every night on the road. You’re all so amazing. Dark Lady watch over you all.”
State Champs are currently working on their highly anticipated follow-up to 2018′s Living Proof which, according to founding member Szalkowski, will be business as usual.
“No sound will be changed or anything,” he tweeted. “We might have a couple poppier songs for you, as we always do. But truthfully, LP4 is shaping up to be way more fun and youthful than we ever expected.”
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