We caught up with Neck Deep for issue 351 to talk more about the band's untold story—and the stories behind their new songs. In talking more about The Peace And The Panic, we found out that the album almost wasn't even titled The Peace And The Panic.
We talked to frontman Ben Barlow about the record's opening track, “Motion Sickness,” and how it inspired the album's actual title.
“Straight away with this song, even before there were vocals on it, it had the feel of an album opener. Lyrically, too, it gave me a nice place to set up what I wanted to say across the record as a whole and how we wanted the thing to feel,” Barlow explains.
“This tune definitely touches on a lot of the themes that recur throughout the rest of the album and is also something of a follow on from Life’s Not Out To Get You. It has that positive message of 'Don’t stop now/though the motion sickness has you spinning out,' but also a slightly more melancholy tone. In fact, it contains the line which the album title comes from. The working title for this record was originally Where Do We Go When We Go? but when I wrote 'Between the peace and the panic, I can’t break up the static; as a lyric it really stuck with me; eventually everyone agreed with me that it should be promoted to become the album’s name!”
We’ve dedicated this month’s cover to exploring Neck Deep, the next brightest hopes of pop punk coming out of Wrexham, U.K. After a wondrous Warped stint and an ambitious new album, these guys are proving they have what it takes to take the music world by storm. Moral: Haters are boring. On top of this, Barlow takes us through every song on The Peace And The Panic, and we have special Neck Deep memorabilia—including hand signed reprint posters from the band's first U.S. show! You can pick up your copy below!
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