Neck Deep released their sophomore album 'Life's Not Out To Get You on the 14th of August last year.
The band has been keeping busy promoting this album as they recently just finished the Back to the Future
Hearts Tour with Sleeping With Sirens and All Time Low. Last summer they also performed on the
Vans Warped Tour.
Before releasing the album they released the single, 'Can’t Kick up the Roots'. This song
gave a taste of what to expect from this album, and it did not disappoint. This song has a music
video that contains little clips of the band skateboarding and having fun. This song has a
suspenseful bridge, this is because the guitars continue to play before the lyrics kick in. The drums add
to the suspense as they play along with the guitar and cut off at the end of the bridge where
there is a bit of silence before the chorus starts again. Personally I enjoyed this track because it's a good song to play while during or hanging out with friends.
Neck Deep didn't stray too far from the path as this album combines
the pop-punk sound from Neck Deep’s older work,
but still shows the band growing and developing a different sound.
The acoustic track, December, really shows the control in Ben’s voice and how well his
voice combines with the guitars. Another song that is really memorable is Gold Steps, it has uplifting & meaningful lyrics such as “Cause sometimes things will bend you but trust me you'll be fine cause I've been moving
mountains that I once had to climb”. Along with the lyrics, this song starts out with heavier guitarwork & drums, giving this song an extra punk feeling to it.
They premiered this song live on July 19th at the Holmdel NJ Warped Tour date.
Another track that really peaked my interest is 'Smooth Seas Don't Make Good Sailors'.
This track really emphasizes how skilled their instrumentals are; the
bassline fits perfectly with the drums and really adds to the track in a positive way.
Overall, I really enjoyed this album and I give it an 8.5 out of 10. The instrumentals
really go great with the vocals and it definitely is an album to listen to repeatedly. Look out for
them on a world tour with State Champs; they’re definitely not a live show to miss out on!
Written by Ashley Weltner
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