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Review: Neck Deep Kills It On New Album, The Peace And The Panic

79c42a551a5d7f7cd8dd5ddd6efdd089a3b6e8c4From their debut EP, Rain, back in 2012, to today, Welsh pop-punk band, Neck Deep are on a roll with a slew of killer tunes.

Their newest album, The Peace And The Panic dropped today, and it is just the shot of high-energy pop-punk the week needed. This is definitely the album to listen to when in need of a pick-me-up, or a little boost of adrenaline to get the heart pumping.

Ben Barlow (lead vocals), Fil Thorpe-Evans (bass, backing vocals), Dani Washington (drums), Sam Bowden (lead guitar), and Matt West (rhythm guitar) pull out all the stops on The Peace And The Panic, capturing a nostalgic vibe in their musical stylings while still maintaining a modern sense of relevance for everything great about pop-punk.

The opening track, “Motion Sickness,” is fast paced and so much fun; the perfect way to kick off the album. The guitar part has so much energy, it’s basically impossible to not dance around, and Barlow’s vocals are spot-on.

“In Bloom” in bloom opens with a radio transmission about the aftermath of an atomic bomb dropping, mixed with some unsettling guitar chords. This quickly breaks to a more melodic guitar part as the broadcast ends and the vocals begin. This is a song about trying to dig oneself out of a rough patch, while fighting against the forces that prevent growth and happiness. Not literally a nuclear fallout, but rather an emotional one, “In Bloom” acknowledges the struggle of picking up the pieces, and hoping that one day the wasteland will give way to a beautiful “bloom,” which is a super relatable sentiment many hope for.

“Don’t Wait (ft. Sam Carter)” features, of course, Sam Carter from British metalcore band, Architects.  This track has such an awesome energy, not to mention some seriously killer vocals. Fans of screamo will definitely appreciate the addition of Carter on this track. The song itself encourages its listeners to open their eyes, minds, and hearts. Asking “what if God was a beggar in disguise,” the moral is to treat everyone well and expand one’s own outlook on the world. The warm statement is conveyed surprisingly well through this track, using the music’s intensity to compliment it rather than contrast the ideal.

The closing track, “Where Do We Go When We Go,” opens with children singing a stylized version of “Rain, Rain, Go Away” before the guitar kicks in. The combination of a children’s nursery rhyme and the dark theme of the song adds an interesting layer “Where Do We Go When We Go.” Notably about death, living life to the fullest before the inevitable end comes. The tune is deceptively happy, but the lyrics convey the message loud and clear.

The Peace And The Panic is such a fun album, with songs full or meaning that should not be missed.

Rating: 4/5

Listen to The Peace And The Panic by Neck Deep

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