Neck Deep released their new album, Life’s Not Out To Get You yesterday, through Hopeless Records. Life’s Not Out To Get You is the follow up to Wishful Thinking and been teased with tracks like Gold Steps and Threat Level Midnight, which have sounded great, so there’s high hopes for this album. You can stream the new record now through Spotify right now.
I don’t think there’s anything particularly generic about this record as the band really break out from the sound that has become so popular in pop punk lately, with fast melodies and guitar riffs that work incredibly well together – it’s exciting to see the change in the sound of this band on this record, and really see their progression as they bring a lighter approach to the writing on this album and a display of their influences too. (Especially Blink 182).
Barlow’s writing has always been strong, tracks from Rain In July can show you that, and that doesn’t change all that much on Life’s Not Out To Get You, with some solid choruses, Gold Steps makes that clear, but tracks such as The Beach Is For Lovers (Not Lonely Losers) and Serpents, are excellent. Vocally strong as well, the production courtesy of Jeremy McKinnon on this record is just how should a pop punk album should be produced, every thing works together so well.
This is going to be such an amazing record to play live and I really look forward to hearing it, the bounce here is awesome and the melodies are pop punk bliss, there’s nothing wrong with this record at all. The band know how to make big hooks and melodies that shows on Smooth Seas Don’t Make Good Sailors, but they know how to slow it down as well, tracks like December make it clear. This band really knew what they’re doing when they made this record and it’s a pleasure to listen to. Highlights for me are The Beach Is For Lovers, Smooth Seas Don’t Make Good Sailors and Kali Ma.