Formed in Wrexham, Wales in 2012, Neck Deep is a Pop-Punk band founded by vocalist Ben Barlow and guitarist Lloyd Roberts. Influenced by bands like Blink-182, Sum 41, Fall Out Boy, A Day to Remember, Architects, and New Found Glory, the duo decided to form a musical project that they called Neck Deep. After posting a track online, they recruited bassist Fil Thorpe-Evans, drummer Dani Washington, and rhythm guitarist Matt West and released their debut EP, RAIN IN JULY, in September 2012. The EP started building a buzz about the band and they began to play live. After the release of their second EP, A HISTORY OF BAD DECISIONS (2013), the group signed to Hopeless Records and began preparing for their debut album.
Released in early 2014, Neck Deep’s debut album, WISHFUL THINKING, was a success and charted in the UK and US. Their second album, LIFE’S NOT OUT TO GET YOU, was released the following year and was even a bigger success. That same year, Neck Deep founder Lloyd Roberts exited the band amidst controversy and was replaced by Sam Bowden. The group’s successful streak of albums continued with THE PEACE AND THE PANIC in 2017, but bassist Fil Thorpe-Evans announced his departure from the band the following year. He was temporarily replaced by Joshua Halling before Ben’s brother Seb Barlow stepped in as their permanent bassist. The group returned in 2020 with their fourth album, ALL DISTORTIONS ARE INTENTIONAL, which hit #1 on the UK Rock and Indie charts.
Now, 14 years after they formed, Neck Deep returns in 2024 with their fifth album, NECK DEEP. The album was recorded after the departure of original drummer Dani Washington and new member Matt Powles stepping into the vacated position. The group then released several singles throughout 2023 – “Heartbreak of the Century,” “Take Me with You,” “It Won’t Be Like This Forever,” and “We Need More Bricks” – before announcing the release of this highly-anticipated release. While those singles are some of the highlights of the album, there’s more to love on NECK DEEP including “Dumbstruck Dumbf*ck,” “Sort Yourself Out,” and “They Don’t Mean To (But They Do).” Armed with power, passion, and some cracking hooks, this is a welcome return for the Aussie quintet. With a goal to grow and move forward on each album, Neck Deep succeeds on both counts – and more – on this self-titled release.