Life’s Not Out To Get You is the second studio album by Neck Deep who hail from Wrexham, Wales. It was released on the 14th of August via Hopeless Records. Being a huge fan of Neck Deep, I was honestly very apprehensive before listening to this album. The problem with creating a 10/10 first EP, and following it with an equally brilliant debut album, is that the bar is pretty much set as high as it can go. It’s easy to get stuck and try recreate the magic of past achievements and end up sounding dry and boring. But I had absolutely nothing to worry about. Life’s Not Out To Get You definitely lives up to Neck Deep’s former glories. In a way they’ve gotten even better. The lyrics are more powerful, and the music is more intricate, interesting, and catchy.
It starts off with something very different than what you’d expect. ‘Citizens of Earth’ has somewhat of Anti-Flag feel about it, and kind of sounds like it doesn’t belong with the rest of the album. But with the second song they return to their usual sound; off-beated pop punk, and by the third song ‘Can’t Kick Up The Roots’, it feels warm and familiar. ‘Can’t Kick Up The Roots’ was the first song on the album they released, and it was a good choice for a first; catchy, punchy, and safely pop punk. But the second single ‘Gold Steps’ is the stand out of the album, accompanied by a video of the band going down a house estate, playing on a skate ramp on top of a trailer, being followed by their fans. It’s is a lovely homage to the community nature of pop punk, and it was made by Kyle Thrash. The song itself is a comforting message about staying hopeful and picking yourself up and trying your best with life.
As an album it has a good balance of fast momentum and slower parts like the beginning of track 11 ‘I Hope This Comes Back To Haunt You’, so their fast angsty brand of pop punk isn’t too overwhelming. The production is crisp and the layout is tight, and theyve avoided any low boring points in the album. Finger’s crossed they’ll pop over here for a gig soon! You can get Life’s Not Out To Get You on itunes, and their merch store, or you can stream it on spotify and youtube.
Words by Lissa