Songwriting and Guitar Technique
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Even for those that have traced the quintet's rise, it might be hard to fathom that it was only September of 2012 in Wrexham, North Wales, when hometown friends Ben Barlow and Lloyd Roberts recorded and uploaded a handful of tracks and a quickly shot video to YouTube.
At that time, Roberts was a guitarist with melodic hardcore band Spires, whilst Barlow was a local skater kid and bedroom musician; the project that the twosome dubbed as 'Neck Deep' was intended as a piece of casual fun, a musical homage to the likes of New Found Glory, Blink 182 and Sum 41 - the classic pop punk they had both grown up with.
Neither could have expected what came next.By the time the band played their London debut at Camden's Barfly in December 2012 (their second ever show), the quintet already found themselves facing crowd singalongs that surpassed any reaction they could have ever anticipated. Meanwhile, online attention for their self-recorded debut mini album Rain In July had spread internationally, with anthemic lead track A Part Of Me inspiring particular acclaim from an ever increasing, worldwide pool of fans.
Neck Deep kicked off 2013 as they meant to go on, releasing a three track E.P, A History Of Bad Decisions, for free download, and hitting the road in its support. Respected media outlets were now catching on too, with the likes of BBC Radio 1 to Rock Sound magazine, and from Kerrang! Radio to Alternative Press (who dubbed them as ones to watch and made them 'band of the week'), excited to throw their hats in the ring in support for the band. And, after a last minute band holiday to the US to visit Florida's amusement parks saw the band playing an impromptu house show and a near sold out headline show (with only 48 hours notice) to crazed audiences of fans singing every last word, it was clear that Neck Deep had rapidly become much more than a flash in the pan, one hit wonder.