Neck Deep rolled through Philly on The Peace and The Panic Tour this past Friday. This 30+ stop North American headlining tour is in support of their chart topping album under the same title. They’re supported by Creeper, Seaway and Speak Low If You Speak Love, a stellar line-up that made perfect sense together and makes this tour one for the books.
Creeper opened the show with an energetic set jam packed with great songs and emotion. The band came across with an authentic aesthetic and mood that perfectly described them without being gimmicky at all. A wonderful balance of genuine lyrics and generally upbeat yet headbang-worthy songs made this set an absolute treat to watch. The fanbase name of “Creeper Cult” was more than well earned as a girl showed off her Creeper jacket and countless others passionately sang the lyrics back to them. The band even changed the last song in their set, closing with “Black Mass” after a zealous man in the front row chanted asking them to play it. This is a band I'll definitely be listening to and hopefully seeing more often in the future.
The Electric Factory was completely packed and the rowdy crowd was more than ready to make this show not only the biggest US headliner Neck Deep has ever played, but also the best. This was the most “Philly” show I’ve ever been to- the excitement of the Eagles playing the Super Bowl for the first time in 14 years could be felt throughout the entire venue and chants of “f*ck Tom Brady!” and “E-A-G-L-E-S Eagles!” broke out periodically.
Neck Deep lead singer Ben Barlow built off of this energy, taking the stage in a “Philadelphia Eagles” shirt and earning extra points in all of our aggressively-dedicated-sports-fan hearts. There were 3 different pits at any given time and everyone from the floor to the balcony was dancing and singing along. Their setlist featured a great balance of new and old songs, hitting everything from their hit single “In Bloom” to older classics like “December.” The vibe at this show was genuinely unparalleled and I’ve found myself listening to all of the bands on the lineup nonstop for the past few days. Thankfully there are still plenty of dates left and you can purchase tickets for upcoming shows here: https://www.neckdeepuk.com/#tour
February 5 - Rochester, NY - Anthology
February 6 - Montreal, QC - Club Soda
February 8 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
February 9 - Detroit, MI - The Majestic
February 10 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Theatre
February 12 - Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall
February 13 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
February 14 - Kansas City, MO - The Truman
February 16 - Denver, CO - The Ogden Theatre
February 17 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
February 18 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory Concert House
February 20 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Ballroom
February 21 - Edmonton, AB - Union Hall
February 23 - Vancouver, BC - The Vogue Theatre
February 24 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox
February 25 - Portland, OR - Roseland Ballroom
February 27 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom *
February 28 - Los Angeles, CA - The Henry Fonda Theatre *