BIRTH. SCHOOL. ROCK. DEATH.

Ready to go deep? We go NECK DEEP with vo­cal­ist BEN BAR­LOW, gain­ing in­sights into his per­sonal hy­giene and love of Ital­ian pi­anists…

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THE FIRST SONG I RE­MEM­BER HEAR­ING FAT LIP SUM41 (2001)

“When I heard this for the first time I was still so young I was hav­ing baths. So I’d get in the bath and lis­ten to it, and let’s face it – no-one has a bath past the age of 12. They are ming­ing be­cause you’re just sat in your own filth. I only have one if I’m ill.”

THE SONG THAT MAKES ME THINK OF CHILD­HOOD HIT OR MISS NEW FOUND GLORY (2000)

“This re­minds me of home. Their sec­ond al­bum was the first one me and my brother ever bought. Back then – be­fore my baths – we’d be jump­ing around and singing the words along when it was on Ker­rang! TV. My mu­si­cal jour­ney de­vel­oped when I hit high school and dis­cov­ered Mys­pace.”

THE FIRST SONG I FELL IN LOVE WITH SAVE YOUR SCIS­SORS CITY AND COLOUR (2005)

“I could have cho­sen a pop­punk banger be­cause I fall in love with those all the time, but it’s this and it’s still one of my favourite songs to this day. The first time I heard Dal­las Green was when my fam­ily went to Florida and my brother was lis­ten­ing to Alex­ison­fire and City And Colour loads. I love both bands, but hear­ing Save Your Scis­sors made me de­cide I only wanted to lis­ten to City And Colour for the rest of the hol­i­day.”

THE SONG THAT IN­SPIRED Me TO BE IN A BAND FEEL­ING THIS BLINK-182 (2003)

“I think ev­ery song I’ve ever heard has made me want to be a mu­si­cian. Hear­ing this song played a big part, though. It was re­ally in­spir­ing the first time – there’s so much en­ergy within it. I love how they branded them­selves at that point in time – Tom De­longe felt like the coolest guy in the world back then. I just wanted to hold my gui­tar like him and rock out.”

THE FIRST SONG I LEARNED TO PLAY SMOKE ON THE WA­TER DEEP PUR­PLE (1972)

“It would have been the sin­gle-string ver­sion, just like ev­ery­one else. Once I got that down, I moved on to chords and stuff like Beauty In The Break­down by The Scene Aes­thetic, which is su­per sim­ple.”

THE FIRST OF MY SONGS I HEARD ON THE RA­DIO TA­BLES TURNED NECKDEEP(2013)

“We were all at [gui­tarist Matt] West’s house, look­ing at each other won­der­ing what the fuck was go­ing on and how the fuck we ended up on Ra­dio 1. It was an ab­so­lutely huge, wild feel­ing.”

THE FIRST SONG THAT I MOSHED TO SORRY YOU’RE NOT A WIN­NER ENTERSHIKARI (2007)

“I re­mem­ber this one re­ally well – me and my mates got tick­ets to see En­ter Shikari on their first al­bum and it was one of the first rowdy shows I ever went to. It was a lo­cal show and all about peo­ple pack­ing out a club venue to mosh and go crazy. Sorry You’re Not A Win­ner was def­i­nitely one of those huge mo­ments.”

THE SONG I CAN’T LIS­TEN TO ANY­MORE A PART OF ME NECK DEEP (2012)

“We ac­tu­ally still play this at shows be­cause it means a lot to peo­ple and I think it’s prob­a­bly one of the first songs that fans hear when they get into us. But the mean­ing is com­pletely lost to me now. It’s about a girl I was go­ing out with when I was about 15 or 16 years old, and I’m just so over it now. I mean, it was nearly 10 years ago. Also, lis­ten­ing to it re­minds me of how hor­ri­bly shit my vo­cals were back then. So it’s def­i­nitely a painful one for me, and it’s a painful one to try to sing, too.”

THE SONG THAT’S PICKED ME UP WHEN I’VE BEEN FEEL­ING DOWN PRES­SURE DROP TOOTS AND THE MAY­TALS (1970)

“This is my go-to happy song. What a banger of a tune it is. My brother was a reg­gae and soul DJ for a bit and he’d play in pubs, do­ing fam­ily gath­er­ings and the likes. He got me into it, but Pres­sure Drop is one of those songs that ev­ery­one knows, even if they don’t know they know it. My girl­friend was feel­ing down about some­thing re­cently, stress­ing out, so I just stuck this on and it cheered her right up. She loved it.”

THE SONG I’D LIKE PLAYED AT MY FUNERAL LE ONDE LUDOVICOEINAUDI (1996)

“Think­ing about your own funeral is fuck­ing grim. But this is one of my favourite pieces of mu­sic ever com­posed. I just think the melodies are so beau­ti­ful. I reg­u­larly fall asleep to it, I laugh to it, I cry to it, I even make love to it… and I’d die to it! I think it’s a song that cap­tures an en­tire range of hu­man emo­tions in one of the most spe­cial ways I’ve ever heard.” THE PEACE AND THE PANIC IS OUT NOW via HOPE­LESS RECORDS. NECK DEEP PLAY DOWN­LOAD FES­TI­VAL in june – SEE THE GIG GUIDE FOR IN­FOR­MA­TION

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