Release Date: Aug 14, 2015
Record label: Hopeless Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Punk-Pop
Like strawberries and cream or Batman and Robin, pop punk and summer seem to go together hand-in-hand as one of those perfect couples. It’s hard to describe just why the latter pair work so well together, but nevertheless, it means that right now is the perfect time for Neck Deep to offer up their new record. Following on in the footsteps of the likes of New Found Glory and A Day To Remember, the newest album to come from the Wrexham five-piece is as guiltily satisfying as you’d expect any feel-good, buoyant pop punk effort to be.
Following up their 2014 debut, Wishful Thinking, Welsh pop-punk combo Neck Deep deliver their second album, Life's Not Out to Get You. Seeking a bigger, more polished sound than their debut, Neck Deep enlisted a trio of producers in Jeremy McKinnon (A Day to Remember), Tom Denney (A Day to Remember), and Andrew Wade (the Ghost Inside). Drawing on the classic amped-up sound of '90s acts like Sum 41 and New Found Glory, Neck Deep are at the vanguard of the pop-punk revival.
With Neck Deep's latest release, Life's Not Out To Get You, the band have played it relatively safe, changing little from the upbeat pop-punk formula established on 2014's Wishful Thinking, but have still managed to cram some undeniably catchy moments into this new set. Opening track "Citizens Of Earth" and "Serpent," respectively, are the only songs that take a welcome detour from the major chord progressions found throughout the album, employing punchy, alt-rock-esque verses. That being said, the lighter, bouncier songs, like "Gold Steps" and "Lime St.