PIP: Neck Deep EU/UK Tour - Week 2 Recap
The second week of Neck Deep's EU/UK headlining tour in support of their new album, The Peace and The Panic, has come to a close! This week they concluded their Ireland and UK dates and continued on to Belgium, the Netherlands, France, and Germany. They said goodbye to their friends in the opening band Woes, but welcomed Blood Youth to the remaining tour dates.
The Peace and The Panic has been one of the most talked about records this year; Neck Deep spent the summer on this year's Vans Warped Tour and shortly after they released it. Following up Life's Not Out To Get You was not an easy feat for the band, given the amount of attention and notoriety that it received. As a young band that was experiencing a great amount of success, the pressure of writing an album that would live up to expectations was high.
While Life's Not Out To Get You was a highly positive album that many fans connected to on a personal level, The Peace and The Panic discusses hardships and challenges in more detail. This does not mean the album is negative; however, it serves as an important reminder that we are all in this together and that the musicians that we admire and look up to often are going through the same experiences that we are.
During an interview with Rocksound about the meaning of The Peace and The Panic, vocalist Ben Barlow explains that "...(I had) crazy anxiety about the album, missing home, and just questioning everything... Everything went quiet for a second... I had this real moment of clarity where I fully assessed my life, really calmed myself down, pulled it all together, and put everything in perspective. This is The Peace and The Panic, I literally just went through it. You can apply it to everything" (You can watch the rest of the interview here).
The Peace and The Panic is a great reminder of how while we experience scenarios and mental health challenges, that there is always hope for recovery. According to the World Health Organization; more than 300 million people live with depression worldwide (and this is not including statistics of people who live with other mental illnesses). Even the members of your favorite bands experience low points and mental health challenges.
Despite the stigma attached to mental health that often silences conversations about it, we are all in this together. There are plenty of resources that are available to help people who are experiencing mental health challenges; by breaking the silence around mental health, bands such as Neck Deep are helping to elevate these resources. This is incredibly important as we are currently losing 800,000 people (worldwide) to suicide each year; this number is currently at a thirty year high.
Neck Deep continued the conversation about mental health on The Peace and The Panic as Ben describes his writing experience with this album. "I wrote the Grand Delusion, which is a song about anxiety and this existential crisis... I used that panic emotion and put it into a song, and it turned out to be one of my favorite songs on the record" (You can watch the rest of the interview here).
Stigma often tries to limit how we express our experiences with mental health challenges such as anxiety, which is why having Partners in Prevention such as Neck Deep is so helpful as when break down that stigma by starting conversations. One of the best ways to cope with these challenges and to begin conversations is self-expression; at Hope For The Day we define self-expression as communicating our emotional and psychological experiences, verbally and through actions.
Self-expression allows us to reduce the amount of stress in our lives in a positive manner. For the members of Neck Deep, self-expression exists through their music and live shows.
If you're attending Neck Deep's EU/UK tour you can always approach our founder and CEO, Jonny Boucher, if you would like to talk about mental health, your experiences, and self expression. Check out the remaining tour dates below!
If the tour is coming to a city near you, you can purchase tickets here. We will see you on the road!