Neck Deep Discuss ‘Murica, Warped Tour and NDTV
Ben and Fil from Neck Deep explain how Wales’ finest pop punk band are taking over the world…
By Georgina Langford
MTV: Hello two-fifths of Neck Deep. Congratulations on your amazing US tour; we watched it all on NDTV (Neck Deep’s YouTube series) – why did you decide to film all your antics?
Fil: More than anything, we do NDTV for our own entertainment! We’ll look at it in a year’s time and think, well that’s funny. Going on tour to America is already a ridiculous idea, so we thought let’s just take the p*ss and make it more ridiculous by filming everything.
MTV: You stopped off at Universal Studios in Florida; metaphorically speaking, which ride at the park best sums up your tour?
Ben: The Hulk. It started off pretty crazy, there were twists and turns, a loop de loop. It’s big… and green.
MTV: Seriously now, you guys are virtually representing UK pop punk in the US right now. How does that feel?
Fil: It’s a bit of an honour really. There’s not really a huge amount of bands doing it. There’s not a massive wave of pop punk - we just all like that kind of music, so decided to do that for a bit. Now it’s serious, and if people are saying that we are flying the flag, then that’s great.
Ben: It’s weird. We never expected to do this. It’s surreal.
Fil: We still haven’t even caught up with it in our own heads. It’s only when you look at the facts on paper that you’re like, hang on a sec. We just did that tour and sold out every single one of those dates…If it was anyone else you’d think, oh well they’re the biggest band ever, that’s crazy. But because it’s us we’re like “nahhh”.
Ben: I don’t feel any different.
MTV: Are you saying that you’re the biggest band ever - but you just don’t feel like it?
Fil: Haha no, not quite. The success of this band is just bigger than we feel it is. We don’t let it get to our heads.
Ben: We try to stay pretty grounded about it and not take ourselves too seriously.
MTV: Do you ever get annoyed with having to justify your success?
Fil: A little bit. The thing that annoys me is when people expect you to have a one line answer to the question “how is it that you got so big so quick?” It doesn’t work like that. It was all these little things that happened by accident.
MTV: Do you feel like you have to justify it more than other bands?
Fil: I definitely think we do. Not in like, an egotistical way, but because our rise was probably quicker than a lot of bands. Everyone wants answers for that. And I’m like, we don’t f**king know. Don’t ask us. We just wrote some songs and people happened to like them. That’s literally it.
MTV: Ben, on an episode of NDTV, we saw you get a bit overwhelmed when you saw a fan’s Neck Deep tattoo. Anything else you’ve found overwhelming?
Ben: Obviously America. Fan reaction is overwhelming, but the most overwhelming things is playing shows. I swear….You look around and every single one of those people is singing along. I honestly think, all the time, how the f**k did we do this?
Fil: Like in Alabama. We get these places to play a show and we’re like “who the f**k is going to come to these places?” and then an hour after doors it’s packed out.
MTV: Your shows are notoriously off the chain. What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen a fan do at a gig?
Fil: Once this guy came on stage and he was running full pelt at the wall. We were like, what’s he going to do? He ran across the wall and into the ground.
Ben: He was pretty good, he was probably one of the best.
Fil: There can be some pretty annoying things that happen too. Sometimes people lay on the stage. They’re literally lying in front of me, on the ground, screaming these lyrics, and I’m thinking, ‘come on man. You can’t lay there.’ Then you get kids who come stage who decide they’re going to stage dive, and then they don’t stage dive, they just hang about. It’s like, ‘what you doing mate? Kind of playing a gig here!’
MTV: What do Neck Deep represent as a band?
Fil: I would honestly say probably not taking ourselves too seriously…When you’re out in America…people think we’re these weird British dudes who’ve come out of nowhere. We also don’t care about what’s cool and not cool. If you’re a 12-year-old girl and you’re at our show and you’re having a good time, then we’re f**king stoked.
Ben: Or if you’re some kind of tough guy…if you’re enjoying it that’s all that matters.
Fil: We listen to all kinds of sh*t, I listen to the heaviest bands in the world and then I listen to All Time Low and I love it. If I wear an All Time Low shirt to a show I don’t want to feel like I’m being judged. That’s we want our thing to be. It doesn’t matter what you like, if you like us, that’s all we care about.
MTV: Let’s talk about Warped Tour; it’s a long stint on the road, so what are you going to miss about good old Blighty?
Fil: Nothing. I want to move to America. I’m literally like, just leave me here. That’s fine.
Ben: I definitely love America, but I’m a bit of a home bird.
Fil: I do worry about not being able to get a brew anywhere. You have to go to the British section of Walmart to get PJ tips. Some girl made us a cup of tea and she’d added so much sugar, and vanilla flavouring. I was like, what are you doing?!
MTV: Are you nervous about Warped at all?
Fil: I don’t feel nervous, I’m just excited to see what’s going to happen. I would have been more nervous if we hadn’t just done that US headline tour.
Ben: It’s another thing ticked off the list.
Fil: Ever since I was 13 I’d wanted to do Warped Tour. I just wanted to do it at least once. Even to just go would have been a dream for me but the fact that we’re playing the whole thing is like…
Ben: We’ll just be psyched to be there. Anything else is a bonus.
Literally from this point on, we’ve already done so much…we can just die now.