On Sunday the 21st of May, pop punk band Neck Deep dropped two new singles, “Where Do We Go When We Go,” and “Happy Judgement Day,” from their forthcoming album ‘The Peace and the Panic.” Since forming in 2012, the band has garnered a lot of attention and to this day has a growing fan base. The band took to BBC Radio 1 to stream their new tracks with their twitter live whilst on air. The first song they streamed was “Where Do We Go When We Go,” was an instant hit among fans. The song plays on the nursery rhyme opening with “Pain, pain, go away, come back another day; I just want to get one up on life before it kills me.” First listening was hard to get to grips with the new sound that Neck Deep have gone for – Barlow has stopped the shouting and instead gone for melody, and the band (whilst keeping their energy) have gone for a little more well-constructed.
“Happy Judgement Day,” is easier to love at first listen. It’s relevant, catchy and political with the right amount of angst weaved into it. When asked by twitter user @MSlags, “What has changed for Neck Deep for #ThePeaceThePanic,” the band responded with Andrew W.K’s ‘Party Hard’ spirit “we do what we want and we like what we do.” It’s refreshing to see a band proud of what they have achieved, enjoying the sound of their own music and excited to play it live. Twitter user @sadsongchloe asked “what was the writing process like while creating the new album? #ThePeaceThePanic @NeckDeepUK” and surprisingly, the band responded “We were writing this record for ages. It was the first time we all worked together as a full band – EVERYONE has songs on this album.”
Although, yes, their sound has somewhat changed in the two new tracks with an overall feeling of maturity in their music, the guys still channel their energy and heart throughout. Their slight changes has worked in favour for Neck Deep, getting fans hyped for the new album that’s been confirmed for release in early August.
1. Motion Sickness
2. Happy Judgement Day
3. In Bloom
4. 19 Seventy Sumthin’
6. Don’t Wait (ft. Sam Carter)
7. Heavy Lies
8. Critical Mistake
9. The Grand Delusion
10. Wish You Were Here
11. Where Do We Go When We Go
Talking to altpress.com about the album, Barlow tells of how and why they changed since “Life’s Not Out To Get You” by explaining “The Peace And The Panic is about how we’ve grown up and experienced life in the last couple of years. When we were writing Life’s Not Out To Get You, we were going through a period of uninterrupted happiness. We were super-content, but as that album came out, life changed for us. Over the two years we’ve toured that record, so much has happened that I’ve re-evaluated what life is about and questioned whether just having a positive outlook is enough.” You can read more of the interview with altpress.com by clicking here. The interview is personal, heartwarming and a real insight to the whole process of creating the album, giving readers a real appreciation for the work that’s gone into it and not just the music it provides.
With Slam Dunk Festival kicking off today in Leeds, the band tweeted
getting everyone excited for what comes next. Could we be hearing more of ‘The Peace and The Panic’? Can we expect an upcoming tour? No matter what, the band are keeping everyone’s interest sky-high as we hear more and more about the album.