Concert Review: Neck Deep at Playstation Theater

Neck Deep has embarked on “The Peace And The Panic Tour” and played at Playstation Theater in New York City on February 2, 2018. Accompanying Neck Deep on tour were Speak Low If You Speak Love, Creeper, and Seaway.

Prior to the show, I had purchased the meet and greet package and arrived to the venue at 3:15pm. The amount of people at the meet and greet were 200 people. The meet and greet package included a Neck Deep “soundcheck club” patch and The Peace and The Panic CD.

In addition to the patch and CD, I took a photo and sat through a small set. Neck Deep’s set of songs were small and not performed that night. Here is the set:

  1. Threat Level Midnight
  2. Losing Teeth
  3. Serpents

After each song, Neck Deep would take a variety of questions from fans. Neck Deep discussed the album art, the group’s name, games they’re into, and more. After the Q & A session, everyone lined up and took a picture with Neck Deep.

When I walked up to the group, I said hi and asked Dani what his favorite song was off The Peace And The Panic and he said his favorite was “In Bloom.” I took a photo with the guys and asked if anyone had guitar pick. Fil gave me his guitar pick. Here is my picture with Neck Deep.

The doors opened at 6pm and the concert started at 7pm. Each opener performed a 30 minute set. The first band to take the stage was Speak Low If You Speak Love. Speak Low If You Speak Love is a solo project created by bassist/ backup vocalist of State Champs, Ryan Scott Graham.

After Speak Low If You Speak Love, Creeper took the stage. Following Creeper, Seaway took the stage. I have not seen any of the opening bands in concert before, but I enjoyed Speak Low If You Speak Love and Seaway.

Neck Deep took the stage opening with “Happy Judgement Day” and the crowd went wild. Here is the setlist:

  1. Happy Judgement Day
  2. Lime St.
  3. Gold Steps
  4. Motion Sickness
  5. What Did You Expect?
  6. Kali Ma
  7. Rock Bottom
  8. Citizens Of Earth
  9. Don’t Wait
  10. Parachute
  11. In Bloom
  12. December
  13. Head to the Ground
  14. Wish You Were Here
  15. A Part Of Me
  16. Can’t Kick Up The Roots * ENCORE*
  17. Where Do We Go When We Go *ENCORE*

The cool thing about Neck Deep’s set is that the song “Don’t Wait” featured the vocalist of Seaway and “A Part Of Me” featured the female vocalist of Creeper. It was unique having the other bands involved in the set.

I’ve seen Neck Deep perform 3 times prior to the show, and this crowd was the rowdiest I’ve seen. I saw Neck Deep with State Champs, Knuckle Puck, and Like Pacific at Webster Hall, but the crowd didn’t compare to this one. Neck Deep is a band that is equally as great live and their are on an album. If you have yet to see Neck Deep or listen to the group’s music, I highly recommend doing both.

In other news, Too Close To Touch released a new song “Burn,” Weezer stated a new album will be in the works, and The Wonder Years is teasing new music.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!



Upcoming Tours To Get Pumped For

In the upcoming weeks, there are many spring tours to get pumped for. Here are a list of some to check out:

  • Movements announced a headline tour across the United States with supporting bands Can’t Swim, Super Whatevr, and Gleemer. The tour begins March 3 in Sacramento, CA and travels along the United States until ending April 7 in Pomona, CA. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  • Senses Fail announced a headline tour across the United States with special guests Reggie And The Full Effect, Have Mercy, and Household. The tour will be a month long starting at the end of February. For tickets and more information, click here.
  • Vesperteen and Vinyl Theatre announced a co-headline tour across the United States. Certain dates will feature Vinyl Theatre only. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  • COIN will be headlining “The North American Tour” which features The Aces across the United States. The tour begins on February 1 in Fort Lauderdale, FL and wraps up March 17 in Denver, CO. For venue, ticket information and dates to the tour, click here.
  • The Dangerous Summer is touring across the United States in honor of The Dangerous Summer album release. The tour will begin January 24 in Nashville and continue until February 20 in Oklahoma City. For all information on the tour can be found here.
  • “The Loner Tour 2018”  hosted by MISSIO travels across the United States from February until April 14. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  • “North America Tour 2018” hosted Moose Blood features Lydia and McCafferty. The tour begins March 14 and commences April 19 in Montreal, QC. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  • “Sick Tour 2018” will be hosted by New Found Glory and will feature Bayside, The Movielife, and Ryan Key (formerly in Yellowcard.) The tour begins in May. For tickets and information on the tour, click here.
  • “The Get Free Tour” will have Silverstein, Tonight Alive with guests Broadside, and Picturesque. The tour begins January 19in Ohio and finishes in March in Pennsylvania. Tickets and tour information, click here.
  • “The Peace And The Panic USA Tour” hosted by Neck Deep is across the United States and Canada from January 18-February 28. Accompanying Neck Deep on tour are Seaway, Speak Low If You Speak Love, Creeper, and Gardenside (selected dates). For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
  • All Time Low announced a spring tour that will begin a month long starting in April. The tour will feature Gnash and DREAMERS. Tickets and tour information can be found here.

Which tour are you most excited for? Let me know by tweeting me @ovictoriamedia.

In other news, Fall Out Boy released Mania, The Maine is hosting a Fan Appreciation Day online on January 21, and Hot Mulligan released the first single off of Pilot expected to be released March 23.

Rock on, stay humble, and stay positive!


A-Z Songs To Check Out in 2017

A- “Always Crashing The Same Car” By Sleep On It off of the album Overexposed which released Nov. 3 via. Equal Vision Records.

B- “Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu” by The Maine. This song is on The Maine’s album Lovely, Little, Lonely which released in April 2017. This song and album were reviewed on blog posts. The song review can be read here and the album review here.

C- “Come Undone” by Grayscale Feat. Patty Walters from As It Is. Grayscale released the album Adornment May 5 via. Fearless Records.

D- “Deadly Dull” by Movements. This song is off Movements first full length album Feel Something which released Oct. 20. This album was reviewed on a blog post that you can read here.

E- “Ego” by Milky Chance off of the album Blossom. I wrote a blog post giving information about Blossom you can check out here.

F- “Fire” by The Dangerous Summer off of The Dangerous Summer set to release Jan. 26 via. Hopeless Records. The Dangerous Summer broke up and announced their reunion this year. This is the first single released off of the album.

G- “Get By” by Real Friends. Real Friends will be releasing music next year but released their first single. New music releasing in 2018 can be found on my blog post of albums to release in 2018.

H- “Hannah” by COIN off of the album How Will You Know If You Never Try? COIN will be touring across the United States in 2018 with The Aces. Tickets and tour information can be found here.

I- “The Island” by Vinyl Theatre off of Origami released May 5 via. Fueled by Ramen.  The album is second full length album released by Vinyl Theatre.

J- “J-Boy” by Phoenix off of the album Ti Amo via. Gladstone Entertainment Group.

K- “Keep Going” by The Revivalists off of the album Men Amongst Mountains.

L- “Laps Around A Picture Frame” by Broadside. This song is off of Broadside’s latest album Paradise which released in June of 2017.

M- “Mouth Of The River” by Imagine Dragons off of Evolve.

N- “No Mercy” by PVRIS off of the album All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell released in August of 2017. PVRIS is touring across the United States. Shows and ticket information can be found here.

O- “Out of Mana” by Brand New off of Science Fiction which released Aug. 19.

P- “Parachute” by Neck Deep off of the album The Peace And The Panic which released Aug. 18 via. Hopeless Records.

R- “Run For Cover” by The Killers off of Wonderful, Wonderful. “Run For Cover” was one of the singles released prior to the album’s release.

S- “Soap” by As It Is. The album released in January via. Fearless Records. I wrote a brief review of the album on a blog post you can read here.

T- “Told You So” by Paramore off of their album After Laughter. Paramore has not released new music since Paramore (2013). Read my album review for After Laughter here.

U- “Uh-Huh, Yeah!” by Judah & The Lion off the album Folk Hop N’ Roll released in March of this year. Judah & The Lion will be on Parahoy with Paramore in 2018.

V- “A Violent Noise” by The XX off of their latest album I See You.

W- “Want Me Around” by Knuckle Puck off of the album Shapeshifter. Additional album information can be found here and my concert review of the Knuckle Puck show this fall is here.

Y- “Your Love Is A Cancer” by The Gospel Youth. The British group released Always Lose during their run on this year’s Vans Warped Tour. The Gospel Youth is touring across the United States with Sleeping With Sirens in 2018.

Z- “Zombie Intro” by Andrew McMahon In The Winderness off of Zombies On Broadway which released in February of 2017. The additional songs that are great off of the album are: “So Close” and “Fire Escape.” Additional information about Zombie On Broadway can be found on my album update post.

Unfortunately, I could not find a song beginning with Q and X that released this year. There are a lot more songs and albums that released this year that you must check out! What song or album is your favorite from 2017? Let me know by tweeting me @ovictoriamedia.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!


*Thank you to @BillyFitzz for the input!

New Singles and Tours Announced!

This week is full of new songs, music videos, and updates on upcoming tours. Here’s what is going on:

  • X Ambassadors released the music video for their song “Ahead Of Myself.”
  • I Prevail released an animated video of their song “Alone.”
  • Knuckle Puck released their latest single “Double Helix” which is one of two singles [“Gone“] off of their upcoming album Shapeshifter set to release on Oct. 13 via. Rise Records.
  • Fall Out Boy released a music video for their latest song “The Last of the Real Ones.”
  • The Story So Far released a new song “Out Of It” and announced a tour across the United States. The tour begins Nov. 3 in Fresno, CA and ends Dec. 3 in Bloomington, IL. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  • Weezer shared their new song “Beach Boys.”
  • I The Mighty announced a Fall 2017 tour with Hail The Sun and Good Tiger across the United States. Tickets and Tour information can be found here.
  • COIN posted a photo on Instagram with the caption “2018 TOUR DATES NEXT WEEK”
  • Neck Deep announced one of three opening bands that will accompany Neck Deep across the United States on “The Peace And The Panic USA Tour.” The announcement was released via. Twitter stating that Speak Low If You Speak Love will join in. (A blog post was released with my review of The Peace And The Panic and can be read here.)
  • Brand New released via. Twitter that Nada Surf will be joining them on tour across the United States for their October tour.
  • Circa Survive released the music video for “Premonition of the Hex” off of their upcoming album The Amulet set to release Sept. 22 via. Hopeless Records.
  • The music video for Seaways’ “Lula On The Beach” debuted this week.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!


Album Review: The Peace And The Panic by Neck Deep

After releasing singles “Happy Judgement Day,” “Where Do We Go When We Go,” “Motion Sickness,” and “In Bloom,” the pop punk group Neck Deep released their album The Peace And The Panic today via. Hopeless Records.

This album is the third album (others include Wishful Thinking and Life’s Not Out To Get You) Neck Deep has released under this record label. Vocalist Ben Barlow said in an interview with Alternative Press that the new album that the new album displays how he’s grown and experienced life and death.

Here is the track list:

  1. Motion Sickness
  2. Happy Judgement Day
  3. The Grand Delusion
  4. Parachute
  5. In Bloom
  6. Don’t Wait (Feat. Sam Carter)
  7. Critical Mistake
  8. Wish You Were Here
  9. Heavy Lies
  10. 19 Seventy Sumthin’
  11. Where Do We Go When We Go

After hearing the singles released, I was excited to hear the rest of The Peace And The Panic. “In Bloom” was the most recent single released which was refreshing to hear. I like the fact that Neck Deep still kept their pop punk roots (i.e. “Motion Sickness,”) heavy lyrics (i.e. “Wish You Were Here”), but is a bit experimental with songs like “In Bloom,” “Critical Mistake,” and “19 Seventy Sumthin‘” with a lighter and more pop sound. It was nice to see that Neck Deep isn’t sticking to a mold of the music that they’ve previously released. This album is different from Life’s Not Out To Get Youit has pop punk roots (i.e. “Motion Sickness,”) heavy/ raw lyrics (i.e. Wish You Were Here,”) and has the element of experimentation (especially with tracks like “In Bloom,” “Critical Mistake” and “19 Seventy Sumthin'”). This album is a perfect example of how Neck Deep will continue to grow and that their albums will be more than a part two of LNOTGY.

If you want a pop punk fix, I highly recommend checking out the album. My favorites off of this album have to be “In Bloom,” and “19 Seventy Sumthin'” for the reason that “In Bloom” was the first single released that showed a different side to Neck Deep that what is expected. The introduction with the instrumentals reminds me of Blink- 182. I love that “19 Seventy Sumthin'” is a song that’s so raw and full of deep emotion. The song explains a lot about Ben Barlow’s parents and what had happened with his father’s passing.

Neck Deep will be touring across the United States in January and February. There is no word yet if there is any band accompanying them at this time. Tickets and tour information can be found here. Neck Deep is also on the cover of Alternative Press.

In other news, The Maine released the music video for “Taxi” and announced additional dates for their upcoming tour with DREAMERS and Night Riots (tickets and tour information can be found here.) Weezer announced their upcoming album Pacific Daydream will debut on Oct. 27 and released “Mexican Fender.” Brand New announced a tour from September to November across the United States (tickets and tour information can be found here) and hear Science Fiction here.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!


Want some tours to go to? Check out my blog post of Top Tours To Get Excited For. Follow my Twitter and Instagram @ovictoriamedia for updates.