North Walean pop-punkers Neck Deep have announced details of their third album! The Peace & The Panic is set for release through Hopeless Records on August 18.
The band are one of the most successful (if not the most successful) British bands in pop-punk and have rapidly risen from promising rookies to one of the most in-demand bands, with second record Life’s Not Out To Get You cementing that fact.
However, frontman Ben Barlow rues the title; “Maybe we were tempting fate a bit with that album title – it’s felt like life has been out to get us since then.” “My dad died whilst I was away on tour with the band and so did Fil’s,” nods Barlow sombrely. “We both lost friends during that period of time too, one of Fil’s oldest mates in a car crash. It gave us a stark realisation of the double nature of things. With the good naturally comes the bad but we were going through what felt like a period of uninterrupted good. Then, all of a sudden we got smashed with the most horrible stuff imaginable.”
This forms the basis of album number three, entitled The Peace & The Panic, possibly a homage to the way the tides turned for the quintet.
“It’s not all ‘Let’s have a party and grab a beer’ this time,” surmises the frontman. “But I wouldn’t say it’s pessimistic, just realistic. Trying to make something of your life is a big theme on this record, as is dealing with depression and anxiety. There are some political songs in there as well – we’re at a point where we’re comfortable using our voices to talk about those things.”
You can check out the album with not one but TWO new videos in Where Do We Go When We Go and Happy Judgement Day, both of which are down below;