Sunday Spotlight: Neck Deep

This week our spotlight is on the Welsh pop-punk heavyweights, Neck Deep. They began their career in 2012 in the town of Wrexham, Wales. Created after vocalist Ben Barlow found former lead guitarist Lloyd Roberts, under it’s title Neck Deep, the duo shared a track (“What Did You Expect?”) online. The song soon gained online popularity, leading to rhythm guitarist Matt West, drummer Dani Washington/Abasi, and bassist Fil Thorpe-Evans being added shortly after. They released their debut album “Wishful Thinking” in 2014 and decided they were going to go all in on this project so they quit their jobs and dropped out of university for the band. They then went on to release their second album, “Life’s Not Out To Get You” in 2015 and the group skyrocketed into success after that album came out. Shortly after, Roberts left the band and current guitarist Sam Bowden took his spot. They have since released two more albums, “The Peace and the Panic” in 2017 and “All Distortions Are Intentional” in the middle of 2020.

From left to right: Matt West, Seb Barlow, Ben Barlow, Dani Washington, and Sam Bowden

Over the years these guys have hit the road a ton in headliner and supporting positions, getting to tour with some really big names such as, Bring Me The Horizon, Pierce The Veil, I Prevail, PVRIS, State Champs, Blink-182, Lil Wayne, A Day To Remember, Don Broco, All Time Low, Sleeping With Sirens, and The Maine. They have also been on various big name festival lineups like, Slam Dunk, Download, Hurricane Festival, So What?, Jera On Air, Reading & Leeds, and of course the Vans Warped Tour. They have steadily progressed with touring over the years to playing bigger and bigger venues with what seems to be every single tour. Along with playing new and larger venues every tour, they expand the places they tour; not just UK and North America, these guys are playing legitimately all over the world every year.

Neck Deep solidified themselves years ago as a top tier pop punk band and after the release of that second album which is considered to be one of the best pop punk albums of all time, the guys have tried experimenting with sound and style changes much to the delight of some listeners and to the chagrin of many others. These guys have made a name for themselves, they are branching out and trying to create something new that they hope the people will like. They have many years left in their careers so we can all expect to keep seeing their name show up on the charts with new music. They are one band that is at the very top of my must see bands list as I have not seen them live yet but, I absolutely will when they hit the road in North America next.

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