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Neck Deep’s Ben Barlow: “We’re Getting Into Dreamland Territory…”

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Rock Sound 4 December 2017 at 16.19

Neck Deep have won Best British Band at the the first ever Rock Sound Awards, powered by EMP!

You can pick up your limited edition Neck Deep magazine cover, deluxe poster print and a FREE 2018 calendar and Rock Sound Awards sticker WORLDWIDE from awards.rocksound.tv!

We spoke to frontman Ben Barlow about the award, too!

'THE PEACE AND THE PANIC' TOOK NECK DEEP INTO THE STRATOSPHERE. HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE IN THE MIDDLE OF IT ALL?
Says Ben Barlow:
"It’s been quite a whirlwind. To quote one of our own songs like an asshole, it’s been a hell of a ride. It’s been amazing!

"Even since the day the band started it’s been a bit of a whirlwind, and now to be doing the kind of things we’re doing... we’re getting into dreamland territory here, I think. I don’t think we’d have imagined we’d be where we’re at now.

"It’s funny, we just sold out Brixton and the [Manchester] Apollo, and our manager actually made a bet with us a couple of years ago, I think it was after the Blink show we played [at Brixton], he was like, 'I’ll put money on the fact you’ll headline and sell out Brixton in the next couple years.' And he did. The fact that that’s actually happening now, it makes you think that we can go on and do bigger and better things.

"Neck Deep have never really been ones to get caught up in the whirlwind, we’ve had our sights set on bigger and better things at all times."


EVERYTHING PAID OFF IN THE END, BUT WERE YOU NERVOUS BEFORE PEOPLE HEARD THE SONGS?
"I’d be lying if I said we weren’t nervous. Maybe not nervous, but maybe a little bit apprehensive. We were uncertain about what exactly it was going to be, how this record was going to come out. When songs start coming together, when you start seeing the album as a full picture and you look past just the individual songs, that’s when you can sort of relax, and you start gaining a little more direction with the record.

"Any change in direction for any band is going to be quite daunting, but if you do it in the right ways and you don’t make too much of a drastic change, you can bridge that gap in a way that makes sense to your fans. That’s what were trying to do. We wanted to make a change but didn’t want to lose what it was that made us Neck Deep. I think we got that balance pretty spot on."


OUTSIDE OF BRING ME THE HORIZON, NECK DEEP MIGHT BE THE BIGGEST UK BAND AROUND AT THE MOMENT. IS THAT SOMETHING YOU GUYS NOTICE YOURSELVES?
"Yeah, I mean that’s something that absolutely blows us away. That’s something I never thought I’d be hearing, but as with a lot of other things, the way Neck Deep have always approached things is not to get caught up in it.

"If people want to say that, absolutely, but I think it’s better and more progressive for yourself and for the band not to focus on that. We never have, and we’ve got to the position we’re in, so really we should carry on with what we’re doing. Don’t fix what ain’t broken, you know? If people want to say that, awesome, I’m sure we’ll try our best to try and live up to it. If we don’t, it’s still all good.

"I’m very, very honoured to even hear that. I don’t think we’ll be letting it get to us too much, we’ll keep on being Neck Deep as we’ve always been and write songs that people can relate to, and hopefully find catchy enough to mosh to."


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