I went ahead and bought it solely because I downloaded the last two albums by them (since they weren't that great compared to the masterpiece Champion is) and now they are independent. Hopefully the EP doesn't let me down!
I still don't get why people like Champion. It's a really average album to me in comparison to their amazing 1st record. IMO of course.
Much better musicianship and lyrics were probably a huge reason for me. Champion is an album I still listen to without cringing. There's songs on the band's first release that now (six years later) make me bored and cringe.