Neck Deep release “Life’s Not Out To Get You” ~ MiniReview and Top Picks

Neck Deep surprised the internet and the fanbase as the band released the new full length album “Life’s Not Out To Get You” and allowed it to stream in full on various media (Youtube, Spotify, Rdio) on August 14, 2015.
True to Neck Deep’s previous albums, “Life’s Not Out To Get You” brings the sound we’ve grown to love and the lyrics to back it up that one will be singing for years to come. Bringing back an older sound of pop-punk, Neck Deep brought their ‘A-game’ so to say with the progress on this album…As every song has this non-stop energy to it. Every track has a sense of fast paced sound paired with catchy, loud choruses that hook the listener… and make you come back for more and more until you are singing along yourself at the top of your lungs.
 With the first single release of “Can’t Kick Up The Roots”, Neck Deep showed a very promising premise for the album to come, as the high energy song was a great lead in to Neck Deep’s summer spent on Warped Tour and to get everyone excited for the release of the new album.
Now that I’ve listened to this album in full a few times, time to hammer out the details and list what tracks you all should check out ASAP! 

#1 – Gold Steps
“You might be down and out but you’re still breathing.

If you write the story, then you’ll find out we’re all stuck on the same page.
Sometimes things will bend you,
But trust me you’ll be fine,
I’ve been moving mountains that I once had to climb.
And life’s not out to get you,
Despite the things you’ve been through…”

~ The music video for the song “Gold Steps” was released earlier as a single off of the record, but this track is a huge standout. Not only does the video allow you to watch all these crazy shenanigans (A moving skate ramp how crazy is that?!)  and an awesome performance, it makes you think of summer or all the fun times one had with friends.
Lyric wise, this track probably has some of my favorites that I will be singing along to for a long time.
Inspring, fun and catchy. Neck Deep you’ve done it again.
#2 – I Hope This Comes Back To Haunt You
“Told myself that this would be the last time you kept me awake,

Some day you’ll see, then it’s too little too late…”

Heartbreaking emo ballads are some of my favorites, and this track is just that. “I Hope This Comes Back To Haunt You” has the spunk, the angst and the emotion… what more could one ask for?
Definitely worth the listen.
#3 – December
“I miss your face,

You’re in my head,
There’s so many things that I should’ve said…”

~ Acoustic and amazing…tugs at your heartstrings if you’ve ever been the one longing for a lost love. Worth the tears and the feels.
#4 ~ Kali Ma
“I see right through you, but what do I do?
Of course I fall for it, just like I did when I was 16.
Such a fool for you, did you ever even miss me? “
~ Another song about a lost love, but the guitar riffs in this song are pretty amazing…ending it out on a good note with a pretty sick breakdown. One to jam to for sure.
Also, I should probably mention it was co-produced/has a guest feature by Jeremy Mckinnon of ADTR…if that alone doesn’t make you want to listen to the track I don’t know what will.  😉
#5 ~ Can’t Kick Up The Roots
“I’ve been wasting away,

But in a town with no way out, there’s not much else to do anyway,
If you’re looking for a place to decay,
Then there will always be a place in my town called revelry…”

~ The first single released from the album still has a heavy spot in my heart as it is very fast paced and just plain FUN to listen to. The pop punk song of the summer anyone?? 🙂

Anyways, my top picks off the album that is definitely one to be worked into my favorites very soon.
It’s fresh, energetic and has the urge to make one get up and jump along to the breakdowns or sing your lungs out in teenage angst.
 Neck Deep, you’ve done it again…Bringing back this sense of old school pop-punk with a modern vibe, it’s very refreshing and brings out this sense of sentimentalism when listening to the album.
Take a listen below, you won’t regret it!

Acoustic Corner: Patrick Stump plays “Uma Thurman”

Fall Out Boy frontman and talented vocalist, Patrick Stump recently uploaded an acoustic performance of “Uma Thurman” to the band’s Youtube channel.  

Already a favorite of mine from the album “American Beauty American Psycho“, the stripped down version of the song and the matching perfection of Stump’s vocals makes this video a must see for any diehard FOB fan. 

Check out the performance below :

Mayday Parade, Real Friends, As It Is and This Wild Life announce AP Tour for FALL 2015

Pop punkers rejoice, as Mayday Parade headline the AP Tour in the Fall of 2015 with some very special guests. 

Dates for the AP tour were announced shortly after the bands were chosen for the tour hosted by Hot Topic. VIP tickets officially went on sale on July 24th, at midnight…while tickets to the public were available a few days later on July 31st.

31 dates span across North America in various cities throughout the months of October and November of 2015. Real Friends unfortunately will not be performing at all shows throughout the tour (dates marked with an asterisk (*) RF not performing), but otherwise, the lineup looks incredible. Mayday Parade are also planning a new album release, entitled Black Lines,  on October 9th, 2015…so this tour is in perfect timing for some new songs to be played to the masses.

Check out the tour dates here ~ 

10/14  House of Blues – Boston, MA
10/15  Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA*
10/16  Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ*
10/18  The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
10/20  Best Buy Theater – New York, NY
10/21  Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
10/22  Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON
10/23  House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
10/24  Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
10/25  The Crofoot – Pontiac, MI*
10/29  Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN
10/30  Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA
10/31  Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS
11/1  Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
11/3  Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
11/4  The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
11/5  Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
11/7  Showbox at the Market – Seattle, WA
11/8  Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR
11/10  Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
11/12  House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
11/13  SOMA – San Diego, CA
11/14  Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
11/15  Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV
11/17  The Aztec Theatre – San Antonio, TX
11/18  House of Blues – Houston, TX*
11/20  House of Blues – Dallas, TX
11/21  Emo’s – Austin, TX
11/22  House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
11/24  The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA*
11/25  House of Blues – Orlando, FL*

This tour is surely one to not miss out on!