On My Playlist: Top 5 Neck Deep Songs

Neck Deep.

Pop-Punk is definitely in a good space with bands like Britain’s Neck Deep flying the flag high for the genre. With a mix of Blink 182, New Found Glory and Simple Plan in their music, this band has shown what it takes to make it to the top with their own unique style. The music is catchy, the lyrics interesting and real and the emotion unpatrolled Z all you would want in a pop-punk song.
The band has also been rewarded with the ‘Best Live Act’ and ‘Best Newcomer’ awards on its impressive resume. It has released two full-length albums with a third titled The Peace and The Panic coming on 18 August. The band currently consists of Ben Barlow Z lead vocals, acoustic guitar; Fil Thorpe-Evans Z bass, backing vocals; Dani Washington Z drums; Matt West Z rhythm guitar and Sam Bowden Z lead guitar.
Honourable mentions: ‘Serpents’, ‘A Part of Me’, ‘Kali Ma’, ‘Lime St’, ‘Losing Teeth’, ‘Zoltar Speaks’ and ‘Damsel in Distress’.
Here are my top 5 songs from Neck Deep:
5. Crushing Grief (No Remedy)
This song starts off with a fantastic lead guitar intro that sticks in your head for months on end and forms the backbone of this track. The pacing of Barlow’s vocals and delivery also work perfectly in this song about breakups and regret in relationships. It works with the theme of disillusionment in a broken relationship and how people change, which amounts to crushing grief. The chorus is a beauty with a fantastic flow that you will be singing along to, in no time: ‘This whole thing’s open to conversation. But I’m not holding my breath about it. I’m sick and tired of all your bullshit When all it is who can scream the loudest.’
The drumming from Washington in the bridge of the song should get a mention; not only does he keep it going forward with interesting fills but this is also done at great speed, which is perfect for this track. The bridge also ends the song off nicely with great lyrics that anyone can relate to: “I started looking past the point that you were always best for me. I’ve fought my way through all of this. I’ve learned and loved and fell apart. I came through unscathed. Albeit betrayed, you won’t get the best of me.’

4. Smooth Seas Don’t Make Good Sailors
The positive message that this song holds is one of the reasons why I like Neck Deep so much. They take life, learn their lessons and then sing about it. Pure emotion and tons of heart in this track as these lyrics suggest: There will come a time When you will face your life, Don’t let it twist and tear you up inside. The world’s a f**ked up place, but it depends on how you see it. Life is full of change, you grow up and then you feel it. But smooth seas don’t make good sailors.” Life is all about perception and this band just wants to live their life and find meaning and purpose along the way. The song has one of the best choruses that the band has produced with some fantastic faster and slower passages balancing things out. The upbeat melody and rhythms will make you jump around in no time.

3. December
This is one of the most earnest and musically beautiful acoustic songs that the band has ever produced. The acoustic and sonic elements just take it to another level but it is Barlow’s open delivery of the lyrics that really hits a nerve if you have ever had to let someone go that you love. This is more than a break-up song, it is one of hope and appreciation for times had, even though the memories are killing him. The general idea is that he hopes that his former girlfriend gets all the best that she deserves even though he knows it could have been him, sometimes things don’t work out. The following lyrics sum this song up perfectly: Cast me aside to show yourself in a better light. I came out breathing, barely breathing, and you came out alright. But I’m sure you’ll take his hand, I hope he’s better than I ever could’ve been. My mistakes were not intentions, this is a list of my confessions I couldn’t say. Pain is never permanent but tonight it’s killing me.’

2. Can’t Kick Up the Roots
Neck Deep’s ode to their home and the memories they have of it are what makes this song so much fun and enjoyable to listen to. It has a fantastic pace and everything that a great pop-punk song should. The lyrics, ‘Day by day we grew to love this place and where I make my grave is where my anchor lays. The sound of my youth echoes out through these empty streets, I guess I can’t kick up the roots. It’s home, and that’s the truth,’ echoes the band’s statement on being who you are and staying true to what made you how you are today.

1. Gold Steps
Drummer, Dani Washington really stands out on this track with a really unique drum beat in the intro that lays the foundation to this song. It is all about being positive and hoping for a better end.
The lyrics are inspiring and truthful and just fit perfectly with the music: You say life has lost its meaning. And that’s true if you believe it. But someday you will stand above your demons.
You’re not beneath this. So pick yourself up. You can’t change what’s been. You must go on and learn while you live. And when you see the signs saying hope is up ahead. Then you’re right on track for a better end. Life is not out to get you and there will be better days. A perfect song in my opinion.

Wouter Pienaar
Sport Journalist

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