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BN Review: Neck Deep – The Peace and The Panic

 

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Wrexham, UK. pop-punk band Neck Deep is releasing their third album The Peace and The Panic this Friday, August 18th. Neck Deep has been releasing music since 2012 with their label Hopeless Records. Consisting of Ben Barlow, Matt West, Sam Bowden, Fil Thorpe-Evans and Dani Washington, the band has been keeping busy in the studio and on tour. In the last couple years, they’ve headlined on the Vans Warped Tour, worked alongside Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 and completed a 2016 headline world tour of their own. Neck Deep is emerging as one of the most successful bands of their genre and generation.

The Peace and The Panic finds Neck Deep in flux; they are developing their sound, as well as themselves while still staying true to their original pop-punk flow that defined Life’s Not Out To Get You and the releases prior. The 11 tracks of The Peace and The Panic are a philosophical creation that reflect the constant split of highs and lows, along with struggles life brings.

Opener Motion Sickness undoubtedly shares a similar sound to their previous album while still showcasing their willingness to experiment with their new material. Singer Ben Barlow shares, “Like a lot of the new record, it carries a theme of duality; the verses are about confusion and struggle, but the choruses are about not giving up, not letting hard times get the best of you.” The band released a music video for the song that was filmed in a documentary style, which brings fans into a day in the life of Neck Deep.

Neck Deep recently released their track In Bloom on the Radio 1 Rock Show, accompanied with a visual. In comparison to their previous music videos that tended to be much busier, In Bloom stands out with a flurry of contrasting colors and pleasing abstract imagery. The music video conveys the band’s growth musically and stylistically, as well as lending them more of a visual identity.

The video:

The album’s leading singles Where Do We Go When We Go and Happy Judgement Day are songs that introduce the reoccurring theme of juxtaposition between “the peace” and “the panic” in life. With lyrics that have a driven political undertone about society and a world going “up in flames”, the band speaks their mind on the world around them in Happy Judgement Day. Where Do We Go When We Go continues to play on the project’s theme with lyrics battling the idea of death while still leaving traces of hope behind, “there’s a world full of possibilities and a million people just like you.” In Parachute and The Grand Delusion, the band goes deeper, discussing potential identity crisis and attempting to break away from everything.

All in all, this album is representative of the band growing with more depth and confidence, while still feeling anxious to see what the future holds.

Neck Deep wrapped up their summer tour with announcing that they will be returning to North America early next year for a headlining tour. The tour will bring them to Santa Ana on January 18th and take them across cities in the United States and Canada. For tickets and more information head to: https://www.ndsoundcheckclub.com/

Pre order The Peace and The Panic here: neckdeep.lnk.to/TPATP

Upcoming Tour Dates:

January 18 -Santa Ana, CA -The Observatory

January 20 -Phoenix, AZ -Marquee Theatre

January 22 -Dallas, TX –The Bomb Factory

January 23 -San Antonio, TX –Alamo City Music Hall

January 24 -Houston, TX -Warehouse Live

January 26 -Atlanta, GA -Center Stage

January 27 -Tampa, FL –Orpheum Theatre

January 28 -Orlando, FL -Plaza Live

January 30 -Norfolk, VA -The NorVa

January 31 -Baltimore, MD -Rams Head Live

February 1 -Philadelphia, PA -Electric Factory

February 2 -New York, NY -Playstation Theater

February 3 -Worcester, MA –Palladium

February 5 -Rochester, NY -Anthology

February 6 -Montreal, QC –Club Soda

February 7 -Ottawa, ON -Bronson Centre

February 8 -Toronto, ON -Phoenix Concert Theatre

February 9 -Detroit, MI –The Majestic

February 10 -Cleveland, OH -Agora Theatre

February 12 -Chicago, IL -Concord

February 13 -Minneapolis, MN -First Avenue

February 14 -Kansas City, MO -The Truman

February 16 -Denver, CO –The Ogden Theatre

February 17 -Salt Lake City, UT -The Complex

February 20 -Calgary, AB -MacEwan Ballroom

February 21 -Edmonton, AB -Union Hall

February 23 -Vancouver, BC -The Vogue Theatre

February24 -Seattle, WA -The Showbox

February 25 -Portland, OR -Roseland Ballroom

February 27 -San Francisco, CA -The Regency Ballroom

February 28 -Los Angeles, CA -The Henry Fonda Theatre

 

 

 

 

 

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