Last Known Status: Disbanded
Latest Champion News
Below is our complete Champion news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Champion guitarist Aram Arslanian, who has also done time in Betrayed and The First Step (among others) has started a new record label called React Records. Arslanian elaborates on his motivation:
"Hardcore has had a huge impact on my life and has introduced me to a worldwide community of like-minded people trying to make a positive change in the world. It's provided me with an outlet of expression, introduced me to life changing ideas like The Straight Edge and Vegetarianism, and has given me the opportunity to do and see some amazing things. I want others to have that same experience so to me React is more than a label, it's my way of supporting bands that I feel not only embody the same value system and energy that first attracted me into this scene but who also encourage self reflection and personal growth as a means to changing the world around us."
The label's first release will be a vinyl EP from Canadian hardcore/punk outfit Get The Most (ex-Blue Monday). You can check out two tracks from the effort here.
Champion's Jim Hesketh has posted an update regarding the band's upcoming DVD release:
"I just got the Champion 'Different Directions The Last Show" DVD test copy in the mail. Me and Chris sat down and watched it and then I watched it again. We are really pleased on how everything turned out. Highroller Studios did an amazing job. We are just waiting on the layout and it should have a March release date but nothing confirmed yet. The DVD will be released with a live CD from the show, and trust me, the audio sounds great. Also a reissue of the 'Promises Kept' LP will be released around the same time with a new remixed remastered version. Expect some bonus features, details still being worked out but it will be awesome. Also expect some limited vinyl to be surfacing for those releases."
Seattle hardcore band Champion played their final show on May 27th, 2006 and has plans to release professionally recorded footage of the show as a DVD. The DVD is in its final stages of production and while no official date has been set, expect it on shelves late this year.
Equal Vision has announced the signing of Betrayed. "Having been fans of the members' previous bands (Champion, Carry On, Terror), and of the Betrayed Addiction EP and split with Champion, Equal Vision was extremely excited to work with this band," the label says in its release.
Betrayed's upcoming 13-song album, Substance will be in stores on July 11th. You can download an mp3 of the title track, "Substance" from equalvision.com or listen to that track and more at the band's MySpace page.
Hardcore band Betrayed are confirmed to have signed with Equal Vision Records. Featuring former members of Champion and Carry On, the group has previously released material with Bridge Nine Records and Rivalry Records. In February the band finished recording their EVR debut in Salem, MA. The effort will feature roughly fourteen songs and is expected to hit streets early this summer.
Several months ago a new hardcore band called The Vows signed with Indecision Records. Based in Seattle, the group features John Pettibone (Himsa, Undertow), Rob Moran (Unbroken, Some Girls), Ryan Murphy (Undertow, Ensign), Aram Arslanian (Champion), and Chris Williams (Champion). The band's debut EP will hit streets this spring. You can download a song from the effort here.
Roughly five weeks after their break-up became public, Champion frontman Jim Hesketh has released a statement regarding the move:
"After 7 years, one full length, two 7" eps, one split ep with friends, Betrayed, countless tours spanning Asia, Europe, Australia, Caribbean, and North America, Champion, the straightedge band based out of Seattle Washington has decided to call it quits. While in the process of writing for the 2nd full length we realized that the band might be better put to rest. The amount of touring we had done on the 1st full-length was so extreme that in a way we wore ourselves out. Champion was started as something we did for fun. We wanted to create hardcore music the way we liked. Trying to gear up for the new record and crazy touring schedule left us all feeling like it was more of a job to us than our passion. There is nothing I loved more than touring, being on the road, seeing new faces every night, seeing familiar faces from the time before. It was my favorite aspects of Champion. But there came a point when things became to feel like a business to us. We have always had problems keeping people in the band who can keep up with our hectic touring schedule so there were always people in and out of the band. With all the pressure to do another record and to tour, it wasn't what we 'wanted' to do anymore; it was what we 'had' to do. So before making any commitments that we would be bound to, we decided to end it now, while everyone in the band was still friends and still loved everything we did together as a band. No one sold out. Todd and Aram will continue with their band Betrayed, myself and Chris will go into hiding and show our faces time and time again at shows in the pit like we always have. We will be doing our final show May 27th in Seattle at El Corazon. The Answer, Sinking Ships, Allegiance, and Outbreak will be playing. Champion was my everything for 7 years of my life, now it is time to move on and it's hard for me to do. I hope everyone can come out for our last show. Thank you for the memories."
Seattle hardcore band Champion will reportedly be breaking up following a few final shows during the coming weeks. Formed in 1999, the group has put out several releases with Bridge Nine Records (a new deal with Equal Visions Records has recently been rumored as well). Champion will likely play their final show in March in Seattle.
Champion recenlty toured Australia with Betrayed, Internal Affairs, and Miles Away in December.
Champion, Betrayed, Internal Affairs, and Miles Away will be touring Australia together in December. Here are the tour dates scheduled so far:
12/07 Perth@ Rosemount
12/08 Perth @ HQ
12/09 Adelaide @ Enigma
12/10 Melbourne @ Arthouse
12/11 Melbourne @ Stonecutters
12/13 Canberra @ The Green Room
12/14 Newcastle @ Cambridge
12/15 Brisbane @ Lions Den
12/16 Brisbane @ Basement
12/17 Sydney @ Manning Bar
The annual Ninjafest hardcore extravaganza happens on October 22 and 23 at the camden Underworld in London. Bands so far confirmed are: October 22 - Blacklisted, 86 Mentality, Restless Youth, Tension, Seventh Cross, Abusive Action, Solid Ground, Strike First, Teamkiller, Abandon Ship and Betray These Angels. October 23 - Champion, Canaan, Out To Win, Blue Monday, Go It Alone, Stout, The Setup, Special Move, Awoken, Engage, Injury Time and Gorillaxunit.
The entire schedule for Hellfest has finally been released. HELLFEST 2K5 takes place on August 19-21 at the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, New Jersey. Tickets are available at hellfest.com or you can purchase tickets at the Sovereign Bank Arena box office or charge by phone at 1-888-SBA-TIXX or online at sovereignbankarena.com.
The complete schedule follows, including stages, times and bands playing: More...
JAG PANZER and PAINMUSEUM have been confirmed for the Louder Harder Faster festival, set to take place June 3-5 at the Crocodile Rock Cafe in Allentown, PA. This will be a unique event for PAINMUSEUM: When drummer Bobby Jarzombek (ICED EARTH, HALFORD) was unable to cancel prior engagements for this particular performance, Paul Bostaph (TESTAMENT, ex-SLAYER, SYSTEMATIC, FORBIDDEN) was called upon to fill in for this one night only. Also performing with PAINMUSEUM will be Mike LePond (SYMPHONY X).
The highlight of the festival will be an extremely rare performance by the classic TESTAMENT lineup of Chuck Billy (vocals), Eric Peterson (guitar), Alex Skolnick (guitar), Greg Christian (bass) and Louie Clemente (drums). The weekend of metal mayhem will also include performances by the full original lineup of New York thrash titans NUCLEAR ASSAULT and SPEED\KILL/HATE, featuring members of OVERKILL.
The festival billing is shaping up as follows: More...
Dates have been solidified for the upcoming Agnostic Front, Full Blown Chaos, and Champion tour. Here you go:
5/14 Minneapolis MN @ Triple Rock Club
5/15 Omaha NE @ The Ranch Bowl
5/16 Denver CO @ Bluebird Theatre
5/18 Lawrence KS @ The Bottleneck
5/19 Sauget IL @ Pop's
5/20 Milwaukee WI @ The Rave 2
5/21 Louisville KY @ Headliners
5/22 Chicago IL @ The Metro
5/23 Detroit MI @ Alvin's
5/25 Pittsburgh PA @ Rex Theatre
5/26 Buffalo NY @ Icon
5/27 Hamilton ON @ Underground
5/28 London ON @ Call The Office
5/29 Toronto ON @ Funhaus
5/30 Montreal QC @ Salle Sallaberry
5/31 Quebec City QC @ L'Anti
6/1 Bucksport ME @ The Kave
6/2 Manchester NH @ Bomb Shelter
6/3 Providence RI @ Living Room
6/4 Allentown PA @ Crocodile Rock Cafe
6/5 New Haven CT @ Toad's Place
6/7 Erie PA @ Forward Hall
6/8 Baltimore MD @ Ottobar
6/9 Philadelphia PA @ The Trocadero
6/10 Poughkeepsie NY @ The Chance
6/12 New York NY @ CBGB's
Champion drummer Brandon has amicably left the band and will be heading back to Philadelphia to "settle down." Consequently, Jay of Blue Monday will be filling in during the band's upcoming European tour with Slapshot. Following the tour, former Champion drummer Todd Preboski will rejoin the group. In related news, Champion will begin writing their next album this summer.
100 Demons, Champion, and Outbreak will be on the road together briefly next month. Here are the tour dates:
1/3 Albany, NY @ Shelter Skateboard
1/4 Rockville Centre, NY @ Purple Haze
1/5 Montclair, NJ @ Bloomfield Cafe
1/6 Richmond, VA @ TBA
1/9 West Palm Beach, FL @ Spanky's
1/10 Tarpon Springs, FL @ Neptune's Lounge
1/11 Daytona Beach, FL @ TBA
1/12 Atlanta, GA @ TBA
1/13 Birmingham. AL @ Cave 9
1/14 Nashville, TN @ TBA
If you're unaware of the show taking place on January 2nd in Henrietta, NY, then you may want to pay attention. The New Years Hardcore 2005 show taking place on January 2nd at the xDreamsx Skatepark in Henrietta, NY, will benefit Adele Collins and will feature some notable performances, including Path Of Resistance, and Damnation A.D. reunion. Damnation A.D. will play with their original lineup, excluding their drummer who will be on tour with another band. Doors will open at 12 noon, and tickets will cost $20 at the door (no advance tickets). The following bands are slated to perform:
Path Of Resistance
Most Precious Blood
A Perfect Murder
Love Is Red
Hit The Lights
Walk The Line
Champion will be touring Australia during the first half of December. Here are the dates:
12/03 Perth @ Whitesands
12/04 Perth @ Leederville HQ
12/05 Perth @ Swan Basement
12/08 Brisbane @ Mary Street
12/09 NSW @ YAC
12/10 Brisbane @ Lions Den
12/11 Newcastle @ Cambridge Hotel
12/12 Sydney @ Anandale Hotel
12/15 Canberra @ Green room
12/16 Melbourne @ GOO
12/17 Adelaide @ JIVE
Dates are currently being finalized for the upcoming Sick Of It All, Terror, Time In Malta, and Champion tour. Here's the latest:
7/24 Huntington WV @ HYAMP
7/25 Indianapolis IN @ Emerson Theater
7/27 Lincoln NE @ Knickerbockers
7/28 Denver CO @ Bluebird Theatre
7/30 Salt Lake City UT @ Bricks
7/31 Boise ID @ The Big Easy
8/2 Portland OR @ Meow Meow
8/4 San Francisco CA @ Slim's
8/5 San Luis Obispo CA @ SLO Brewing
8/6 Pomona CA @ Glasshouse
8/12 Kansas City MO @ El Torreon
8/13 Minneapolis MN @ Quest Club
8/14 Chicago IL @ House of Blues
8/16 Pittsburgh PA @ The World