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Jen chats to Ben from Neck Deep about their upcoming tour with All Time Low and The Maine.




 Jen catches up with Ben from Neck Deep ahead of this tour. 

NECK DEEP offers a blistering modern take on pop punk’s glory days; they were nominated by Alternative Press Magazine as a 2015 Breakthrough Band, and took out the 2014 Kerrang! Award for Best British Newcomer. In August of 2015, the band released their critically acclaimed sophomore album Life’s Not Out To Get You. Kerrang! Magazine has heralded the band as a “future classic”, with Renowned For Sound exclaiming, “they have delivered an absolutely stunning piece of music that is ultimately a Punk-Pop Masterwork full of supreme bangers, which are more than likely going to become your life anthems.”

You guys had a massive 2016 with a huge increase in your popularity with the release on one of the best pop punk albums I have heard in the last couple of years.


You had so many shows on different tours as well as festivals. Were you able to take some needed down time over the Christmas break? 

Oh yeah for sure, we have not really had the chance to slow down at all in the entire time we have been a band. This was our biggest chunk of downtime so year we definitely we took a much needed break to recharge our batteries, both physically and emotionally. It is good to get to playing shows to know that people have not forgotten us. It is always good to know that people still like us!

Stoked that ATL, you and The Maine are doing an Aussie tour in May.

How many times have you been here in Aus now? 4 or 5 ?

No I think it is 3, we did 2009, we did one with Trophy Eyes, we have been over with State Champs twice,  I forgot about that because those tours seem like one, yes it has been three times and this will be our forth.

What do you like most about Australia?

I think it’s the people, the place is obviously beautiful but I think the people because obviously with the British connection I feel that Australians are very much get our sense of humor and our culture. When we have been out to different parts of the world initially there is a slight culture clash but when we got to Australia for the first time it was just like being around a load of Brits are actually happy and have a smile on their face and enjoy life! That is always good.

Classic answer!

Will you guys have some time off either side? Or is it a fly in and out tour due to other commitments?

It is a fly in and out tour pretty much, I can’t tell you what we are doing either side and I will have to get straight back on the road. There are plans in place. It is going to be hectic but  any time in Australian is good times for us.

You have done a few of shows now on the Bad Vib’s tour, how have those shows been?

Incredible, like really really really sick. We have been playing to thousands of kids every night and we have had a good response. We have been playing to some of our fans but also playing to fresh youths every night. The response has been insane. All the bands we are with, are all great people and it has been smooth sailing, no fuck up or spanners in the works. It has been good to come off from a long break to come in to a tour like this, it is definitely a good way to kick this all off again.

Gold Steps is my fav off your album ‘Life is not out to get You’

I would love for every teenager to listen to this song, well even the whole album as in my part time teacher job I actually here this a lot, how bad life is and how they think it is out to get them. Have you any touching stories of how your music has helped a teenager or even saved a life?

It is in the lyrics, Life is what you give you get, Life is not out to get you.It really is, People think that life is this awful burden and it is fucking shit around every corner, but it is not really , life is what you make of it. What you you out in to it, whatever mental state you are in and whether or not you are in, or whatever it is that you are thinking about, in the least hippy bull shitty way possible. it is about a positive outlook on life. This will make your life significantly easier. It really is all about that switch in perspective and it is not as hard as people think. I definitely went through a shitty patch in my life and I have had some hard times recently but so much of it is on your mental outlook and I think generally mental health and depression are serious issues at the minute and I think that is why we gave the album that title and that message because I don’t want people to be self harming or being depressed while they are listening to our music I want them to listen to our music and find some hope. It really is an outlook thing, people are very quick to jump to the negatives before they look out for the positives. Especially in the younger demographic.

Have you any many touching stories of how your music has helped them and saved their life?

Sure, yeah I always get people coming up to me and some people have been through far worse things than I have been through and hearing that our music has helped them is quite strange for me but it is also that I understand that it is part of the big process is with music that i have had. Sometimes it is hard for me to listen but at the same time I know how much of the process that is for them. When people say to me I am not going to self harm anymore that as much as it is quite the most thought provoking and a little to much for me, I know it is a part of the process. If that person can walk away from that situation and never cut themselves again and a new mantra to go by that is always the most touching thing. Our music has helped people from stopping cutting or killing themselves then that is a beautiful thing.

Interesting concept for part 1 and Part 2 for December. Pretty heartbreaking and sad.  What was the story about having two versions? Showing your creative side?

It was not some fucking creative idea that we had, it almost happened accidentally. Initially for December we were struggling to write, it was a full band song before it was an acoustic song and we were really struggling with it, about what it could be about, so we made the decision to flip it back to being an acoustic song and see if it made sense acoustically. We wanted to know if it had a different vibe and it did. Then we thought fuck it let’s put it back into a full band song, now we have written it and it is all structured let’s see how it is as a full band song. It sounded so well that we thought fuck it let’s do both. We thought Mark Hoppus’ voice would sound great on this and Chris Carrabba on the acoustic version. It almost happened by mistake and sometimes the greatest things happen that way,

The charity tees that you guys had made up for your Dad, Terry, to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes sold out in an hour. How stoked were you that your fans got behind this worthy cause?

I think that we have amazing fans, not only they are willing to contribute to a cause but to give money that might be overlooked but it is something that has directly affected my family. It was also the fact that the fans were willing to support me through the death of my dad because he was directly linked to Neck Deep and with the quote “Fuck Neck Deep,mate, Ben’s dad owns a record label” gag, so it felt kind of fitting that we pay tribute to him in that way. No only have they supported a good cause. they have shown me and my family a fucking ton of support, it goes to show that we have some of the greatest fans in the world I think.

In 6 words tell us why people should come along and see your set. (although it will be a sell out pretty much instantly!

Oh that is a difficult question. I am going to cheat and say…….

“Fucking Fast Fucking Fun Fucking Furious.”

Love it, I forgive the cheating!

Thanks heaps, see you in May!

Thanks for the interview. Appreciate it.




 With Special Guests Neck Deep and The Maine

 Presented by Destroy All Lines, Chugg Entertainment & Hysteria


Wednesday 10th May – Powerstation (Licensed All Ages)



Friday 12th May – Riverstage (Licensed All Ages) or 136 100 or 1300 762 545



Saturday 13th May – Hordern Pavilion (Licensed All Ages) or 132 849



Sunday 14th May – Festival Hall (Licensed All Ages) or 136 100



Tuesday 16th May – Thebarton Theatre (Licensed All Ages) or 136 100



Thursday 18th May – Metropolis (18+) or 1300 762 545



Friday 19th May – Metropolis (Under 18) or 1300 762 545


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