I’m a fan of the Welsh group Neck Deep. They make punk music that I listened to fifteen years ago. It’s pop punk, but it’s pop punk that doesn’t pull any punches. It plays like some of my favorite albums from that era. Stuff like New Found Glory’s self-titled debut, Autopilot Off, and even a bit like The Starting Line. It’s pop punk with great choruses, better melodies, and some very punchy guitars and all are exemplified on the band’s label debut, “Life’s Not Out to Get You.”
There are still some strong differences between Neck Deep’s stuff and that old-school pop punk. They’re from Wales, but they don’t sound like they’re from anywhere outside of Ohio or Florida like those groups. The biggest difference is in the lyrics. The pop back then was all about relationships, teenage angst, and life generally being unfair. Neck Deep’s stuff has lyrics about responsibility, motivation, and maybe there’s a little bit of angst in there too. Neck Deep has made an album that I’ll listen to over and over for years to come. It’s a strong punk record with perfect track placement and songs that will have you singing out loud by yourself or in your head when you’re out in public. If you liked pop punk in the early 2000s, odds are that you’ll love Neck Deep’s "Life’s Not Out to Get You."
Great Tracks: “Can’t Kick Up the Roots”, “Kali Ma”, “Gold Steps”, “Lime St.”, “The Beach Is for Lovers (Not Lonely Losers)”