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It was a pop-punk fan’s wet dream as the most exciting up and coming bands from all corners of the world joined under one roof to play good music to an angst-ridden crowd, and the excitement and unity within the venue as Trophy Eyes rolled onto the stage was tangible. Though they only had small clusters of fans dotted in the audience, the Australian newbies had a following as loyal as their better-known kin 5 Seconds of Summer, singing every word and shooting their fists in the air to fan favourites such as Hourglass and In Return. Undoubtedly the heaviest band of the night, they certainly created enough heat to combat the icy January winds in which fans had queued for hours.

Seaway were by far the best support act of the evening, proudly flying the Canadian flag with pride through their hit Sabrina the Teenage Bitch. As increasing numbers of the crowd bubbled with activity and new waves of fans surfed over the barrier,Seaway played brilliantly, and recent single Shy Guys earned a stunning reaction from a crowd of ever growing fans. The boys kept energy levels high and excitement brimming, and even as final support act Knuckle Puck graced the stage the audience never grew restless – Neck Deep chose their support acts well, and as Knuckle Puck sauntered through their set, not one person stood moodily in the corners waiting for the headliners. All eyes were on the Illinois quintet and newer songs such as Oak Street gained a reaction just as emphatic as aged track No Good.

At last, Neck Deep strolled on stage. It was as if a slow-boiling kettle had finally peaked – the crowd that had simply simmered throughout the evening exploded, and those that weren’t thoroughly engaged in mosh pits or crowd surfing were submerged in the torrent of foam fingers tossed to fans from the balcony. Kicking off their spectacular set with Losing Teeth, a highlight from their debut album Wishful Thinking, not a single person remained silent, and the infectious energy of the band rolled in waves throughout the crowd. For a band that’s only two years old, Neck Deep have certainly amassed a large and loyal following, and as they played their entire discography bar a couple of songs, the united voice of the crowd resonated throughout. Tracks from their first EP Rain In July were executed with as much passion and fervour as more established singles such as Growing Pains and Crushing Grief (No Remedy), but the highlight of their entire performance was ultimate fan favourite A Part of Me. Dedicated to a fan that sadly could no longer be with us, vocalist Ben Barlow requested that the crowd sing in their honour, to which every pair of lungs obliged. Guest vocalist Laura Whiteside joined the band on stage for the truly moving performance, but both voices were threatened to be drowned out by the 1100 strong crowd. The sentimental touches continued into the encore, which allowed the evening to end solemnly with their tender track Candour. Still, the reaction Neck Deep manage to illicit from the crowd was one just as resounding as if they had finished on a more upbeat note.

Despite their modern twist on the genre, Neck Deep managed to bring out everything that’s great in pop punk, and for an hour it was as if you’d stepped into the early 00’s. The band have never lost their humility, even noting how flattered they were that bootleggers were selling counterfeit merchandise outside the venue. And after all, that’s what pop punk is about – no judging, no standards, just a bunch of teenagers united in the fact that they all love a band of misfits that own too many pairs of cargo shorts.

Prides: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, 7/10/2014 [Review]

You’ll be hard-pushed to find a synthpop band nowadays that not only creates great dance music but that performs it as powerfully and as loudly as Prides, a Glaswegian trio that were only formed in 2013 and are already leaving their stamp on the music scene.

About 150 people gradually packed into the quaint little venue, and opening act Polo, formerly GirlsOnDrugs, commenced the evening. Although their songs were primarily unknown to the audience and their set was quite slow and tranquil, a fantastic cover of Arctic MonkeysDo I Wanna Know was enough to win over the opinions of the still crowd.

Duo The Wild Curve played their third ever live performance to perfection, contrasting with Polo by playing tunes that were loud, brazen and full of flair. The two juggled a mixture of instruments, from guitars, to drums, to keyboards as well as vocals and there was a circus-like feel to their set that was entertaining and well-played.

Finally, Prides entered the stage to an impatient crowd. I Should Know You Better carried the energy and power that set the tone for the rest of the night and Prides just didn’t stop giving. Out of the Blue was the peak of the set, due to it being released it on Spotify that same day and having a place on the FIFA 15 soundtrack. Sweat was flowing aplenty from both crowd and band; big, beltering choruses and an earth-shattering bass drum made the compact room seem to vibrate. Their cover of Roar by Katy Perry went down a storm and finale Messiah was an anthemic explosion. The entire gig was a mass of colour and dance, and both the crowd and the band loved every second.

Prides are definitely ones to watch – having already supported Blink 182 alongside Neck Deep at the O2 Academy Brixton and headlined the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading and Leeds Festival this year, we can expect big things from the Scottish trio.

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.

20/7/14