Review by: Jake Stephen
“The Peace and the Panic’ by Neck Deep was released on 18th August 2017 through Hopeless Records.
This album was definitely worth the 2 year wait from their last album, ‘Life’s Not Out To Get You’. There’s more of a polished sound compared to other recordings by Neck Deep, but this only benefits them.
It opens up with a bang, ‘Motion Sickness’ which is 3 and a 1/2 minutes of pure energetic pop-punk, everything what this band is about. A personal favourite from the album.
You can see the maturity and effort being put into the album with the story-telling of ’19 Seventy Sumthin’. The song tells the story so well and in-depth that you can picture it, from start to finish in your head every time you hear it. And having the twist in lyrics towards the end of the song just makes you feel for the people in the song and makes you question whether this actually happened to someone in the band or not. That’s the power of the songwriting that’s in this album.
TPATP has dark lyrics in songs like ‘Happy Judgement Day’ and ‘Where Do We Go When We Go’ but also changes it to make them positive and give them a happy outcome. It has its heavier moments as well with the help from Architects frontman, Sam Carter in ‘Don’t Wait’ which offers a hardcore element of the album. This helps give more contrast when you compare it to the more poppier songs of the album like ‘Critical Mistake’ and the acoustic treatment which is ‘Wish You Were Here’.
This album makes you want to shout the lyrics from the top of your lungs with the anthems ‘In Bloom’ and ‘Where Do We Go When We Go’ but also makes you slow down, sit back and really listen to the lyrics.
When listening to every song on TPATP, you can hear the emotion that all members of Neck Deep put into it, whether that be Ben Barlow’s vocal style and range, especially in ‘In Bloom’, or the instrumentation in every song. Dani Washington continues being a monster on the drums through out the whole album, a quality drummer in modern music.
Every song on this album is great. From start to finish it’s a thrill ride filled with highs and lows which helps it be an album to remember.
The Peace and the Panic, take a bow.
Key Tracks: In Bloom & Where Do We Go When We Go
For Fans of: State Champs, The Wonder Years, All Time Low
Verdict: A hard to fault album, 9/10