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An all-round pop punk pleasure
Neck Deep are back, and it seems they’ve been through an existential epiphany. All Distortions are Intentional explores the disorienting realisation that every person on this planet has a story and a life just like yours - and that you’re just an extra in your neighbours story. The band's first album in three years could be considered their most creative and meaningful exploration piece yet, thanks to a conceptual central figure Jett who lives in a place dubbed ‘Sonderland’.
All Distortions are Intentional delves into the life of Jett and his dismay for all things in life: that is until he meets a girl called Alice, who brings literal colour and meaning to his existence. With this story at its heart, every track on the LP is filled with purpose and reason, carefully placed in order of the lead role’s timeline.
The album opens with ‘Sonderland’, a glorious pop-punk introduction into the mind and thoughts of Jett. It's quickly followed by ‘Fall’ and ‘Lowlife’ which have heavy influences from Neck Deep’s self-proclaimed inspiration band Sum 41. Each track has ‘All Killer No Filler’ vibes, (itself an infamous album by Sum 41) with catchy guitar-hooks and autotuned vocals taking you back to a time when some teenagers' biggest worry was if their hair was red, obnoxious and spikey enough.
‘What Took You So Long’ is a pretty acoustic guitar ballad that describes the discovery of newfound young love and the consumption of infatuation for another person. Another love ballad and continuous theme of this album, ‘I Revolve (Around You)’ talks of Jett’s meaning in life being the woman he loves, filled with happy major chords and romantic lyrical proclamations.
All Distortions are Intentional is a wonderful expression of the never-ending questions we have about our existence and the discovery of the one thing that normally grounds us and gives us lost individuals meaning: love. Track after track is emotion-inducing and easy on the ears, leaving the listener contemplating their own experiences in life. It's a sad moment when the album comes to a finish with ‘Pushing Daisies’. This is one of Neck Deep’s most thoughtful albums yet and an all round pleasure.
All Distortions Are Intentional is out now.
More about: Neck Deep