Neck Deep with Trophy Eyes, Stand Atlantic and WSTR
Marathon Music Works
September 15, 2018
Words and Photos by Phill McDonald
On Saturday, September 15th, one of the UKs biggest pop-punk bands; Neck Deep, came through Nashville. Accompanied by openers WSTR, Stand Atlantic, and Trophy Eyes, the night felt more like a day at Warped Tour than a stand alone show.
Each band brought their own strengths to the stage, and left their own unique mark. When Neck Deep made their way onto the stage, the crowd couldn’t mask their excitement anymore. A proper mix of high energy and angst is how I’d describe the bands presence, and the night itself.
From the voice of front man Ben Barlow, it’s hard to even detect his Welsh origins. Someone walking into this show unaware, might assume they came from the states with their obvious American influences such as Blink 182.
A highlight of their set was their cover of Natalie Imbruglia’s cover “Torn”. This was their first time playing this live, and they didn’t disappoint. The crowds reaction made sure they knew that. From mosh pits, to lighters in the air, their set brought a rollercoaster of emotions. My favorite moment was when they played “In Bloom” off their most recent album “The Peace And The Panic”. Hearing an entire room chant that song was a sight to behold.
Overall a great show with a great crowd. It’s good to see bands keeping the pop/punk spirit alive.