As pop punk mavericks, Neck Deep continue their meteoric rise, bassist and backing vocalist, Fil Thorpe-Evans, slowed down just long enough to talk to us about their latest album, their biggest headline tours and what to expect from their live shows this October.
Your third album, The Peace and The Panic was released just over a month ago and single, ‘In Bloom’ quickly became a favourite among fans, critics and peers. How do you feel about that sort of reception?
"It’s amazing. It’s always great to have a new song get a strong reception from fans and press of course, but In Bloom had the added pressure of feeling like a slightly new direction for us, which made the positive feedback all the more meaningful. We have all just been so happy with everyone’s response to the whole new record so far."
The Peace and The Panic has quite a mature feel to it. Would you agree that it’s because of all you’ve had to deal with over the past two years? How do you think it’s influenced not only your music, but the band as a whole?
"I would certainly agree it’s due to that. We’ve personally been through some darker times in the past couple of years and it’s definitely added to the sound and tone of our music - in particular lyrically. However, to balance the scale, I don’t think it’s the sole reason, I also feel that we’ve just grown up. We are all in our early 20’s and it’s been over two years since we made our last record, so I think a good deal of it is just natural maturity."
One of your first shows with O2 Academy was at The Scholar at O2 Academy Leicester, just days before the release of your debut album back in January of 2014! Since then, you’ve won the Kerrang! Award for Best British Newcomer, put three albums to your name and toured with a long list of artists, including the likes of A Day To Remember, The Wonder Years, All Time Low and many others. You must feel happy with all you’ve achieved so far?
"Of course, the whole ride has been unbelievable, literally. We’ve played some incredible places with some of our favourite bands ever. We couldn’t be more grateful."
With an exciting tour coming up later this year, what are some of the things on the band’s bucket list going into next year?
"I think we all probably have individual bucket lists, but I don’t know that we have a band one per se. We’ve achieved so much that we are all so proud of that it’s hard to imagine what else we could do. For us, I think, all we hope for is to keep doing what we love and to keep making music we enjoy and playing shows."
Finally, we’re just around the corner from some huge dates at O2 Academy Brixton, O2 Academy Newcastle and O2 Academy Glasgow, so tell us, what can your fans expect from your set this October?
"It’s going to be the biggest set we’ve ever done. I know that’s a cliché, but we’ve never headlined rooms this size and we aren’t holding back at all. We have some awesome production elements planned that I don’t want to spoil, but it’s going to be massive. I’m counting down the days. O2 Academy Brixton is one of my favourite venues of all time, so it’s going to be a great night, I’m sure."
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