Neck Deep – Tramlines Festival 2014 [Review]

For a band that’s only been around since April 2012, pop punk quintet Neck Deep have demolished barriers that would have crushed most bands of their age and experience – the most recent including earning their slot at Tramlines Festival, the biggest and best music festival in South Yorkshire that has seen the likes of Young Guns, The xx, Rolo Tomassi and The Xcerts honour their stages over the years since its birth in 2009.

Playing the Skull and Bones Boys Club stage at The Corporation, Neck Deep didn’t exactly have their work cut out for them whilst playing for only half an hour in such a small and intimate venue, but nevertheless the band graced the stage with a meek humbleness that masked the reality of the vivacious and powerful performance that they had in store. Kicking off the set with Up In Smoke, the robust and fiery debut track from their latest EP A History of Bad Decisions, their audience wasted no time in involving themselves with the antics of vocalist Ben Barlow who bounded around the stage in a fit of energetic arousals and trademark shouty vocals.

Neck Deep upheld their powerful and vigorous presence on the stage throughout and cleverly combined popular singles such as Over and Over and What Did You Expect? which are saturated in typical pop punk angst with shorter, angrier songs such as Kick It and All Hype No Heart that suited the preference of every fan in the audience and obtained an alarming response for such a little-known band. Even during minor technical difficulties the band continued to entertain and every member of the crowd engaged in the not-so-pop-punk customary mosh pit founded by the demands of Barlow.

Regardless of the fact that thirty minutes is hardly enough for Neck Deep to truly portray their undoubtable talent, the boys from Wrexham certainly put on a show worthy of a headlining act and the world can only wait and see what the band have in store for us after the release of their forthcoming debut  album, Wishful Thinking.


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