How Did Neck Deep Become So Big?

I thought I’d kick off todays blog with introducing Neck Deep. They are a Pop Punk band who originated in Wales back in 2012. They soon blew up pretty big after posting their first song named ‘What Did You Expect?’ followed by EP’s ‘Rain In July’ in 2012 and ‘A History Of Bad Decisions’ in 2013. It wasn’t long after these EP’s Neck Deep were signed by Hopeless again in 2013.

The current band members are as follows:

  • Ben Barlow – Lead Vocals
  • Dani Washington – Drums
  • Matt West – Rhythm Guitar
  • Sam Bowden – Lead Guitar and Backing Vocals
  • Seb Barlow – Bass guitar and Backing Vocals

Neck Deep followed up their EP’s with their first studio album ‘Wishful Thinking‘ in 2014. This Album charted at number 108 in the UK album chart and even hit number 2 on both the Rock & Metal Albums and the Record Store charts. With their first album being an absolute hit the band turned into a full time project with band members dropping out of university courses and leaving their jobs. Shortly after the album release Neck Deep embarked on their first UK headline tour, performed at Vans Warped Tour and also headlined the US with the Knuckle Puck and many more. In the same year Neck Deep won their first Kerrang! award as Best British Newcomer.

August 2015 Neck Deep released their second studio album ‘Life’s Not Out To Get You. The album made No.10 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales list, and the band made No. 67 on the Artist 100 list in 2015. Again, following the recording of the album the band immediately head out on tour. Performing Vans Warped Tour again as well as supporting All Time Low and Sleeping with Sirens; shortly after Neck Deep supported Bring Me the Horizon in the UK in November.

‘The Peace and The Panic’ was released in 2017. Ben Barlow connected his fathers death and the album and stated the event had a massive influence on his writing. The album released some of Neck Deep’s most popular songs such as ‘In Bloom’, ‘Where Do We Go When We Go’ and ‘Wish You Were Here’. The single ‘In Bloom’ received a Kerrang! Award in June 2018 for Best Song. After the release of the album the band appeared at the Reading and Leeds Festivals and also set off on a headline tour with supporting acts such as As It Is. This was also followed by a tour of North America in early 2018. In 2017 Neck Deep also were awarded Best British Band by Rock Sounds.

Straight into 2019 the band spent the entire summer on tour with Blink-182 and Lil-Wayne. There was no album release this year however Neck Deep did release ‘She’s A God’ in June 2019. The bands fourth studio album ‘All Distortions Are Intentional’ was released in July 2020. The band were set to go on a UK and US tour shortly after the release however due to the Covid-19 pandemic it has currently been postponed and reorganised for 2021.

I guess you can probably figure out why Neck Deep have become so big and achieved their well deserved status in the music industry. If there is any other bands you’d like me to check out make sure you leave a comment down below and don’t forget to follow me over on Instagram @livewithkatieblog.

K x

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