Release Date: Jan 14, 2014
Record label: Hopeless
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Punk-Pop
Ever since the Beatles hit the United States in 1964, there's been a long, rich history of American bands trying to sound like they're from the UK, but few artists have tried harder to put that formula into reverse than Neck Deep. On their debut album, 2014's Wishful Thinking, this Welsh five-piece plays polished SoCal-style pop-punk complete with a sneering accent that splits the difference between Green Day and blink-182, and you'd have to dig deep to find a U.K. punk band that sounds less like they're from the U.K.
Having already made a name for themselves outside the U.K. with catchy, loud-mouthed modern pop-punk across two EPs, Neck Deep’s challenge of a debut full-length has been tackled. “Crushing Grief (No Remedy)” has the boys revving their engines, half-muted like you’re a room away, before they break down the walls like Miley Cyrus’ sledgehammer.