Neck Deep/State Champs World Tour // O2 Academy, Glasgow
Flying high in the world of Pop Punk, co-headliners Neck Deep and State Champs played to a near sold out crowd in Glasgow as part of their current World Tour. Having already visited Australia and many parts of Asia, they arrive on the second night of the UK leg after playing the Birmingham institute the night before. Playing alongside the pop punk kings were US band Light Years and British upcoming act Creeper.
Opening the show were Ohio outfit Light Years, who brought their melodic pop-punk to the Glasgow stage and got this excited crowd going. Described by Rock Sound as “Smashing American pop-punk” they kicked off the show in style and were the perfect warm up for what would soon to be a memorable night. Following them were Southampton based band Creeper who recently had a bit of member change bounced onto the stage ready to rock the crowd. Wearing their famous branded jackets lead singer Will Gould bounced around the stage creating a frenzy for more from the crowd.
On the UK leg of this world tour, US based band State Champs took the support slot with Neck Deep swapping over when they hit the States later this month. As the lights went out and the crowd screamed to their hearts content, members of State Champs gradually came out one by one before Derek Discanio bounded into “Secrets”, off the second album ‘Around the World and Back’, to kick start the night. Playing a variation of songs from the new album and their debut “The Finer Things’, State Champs worked the crowd and created continuous singalongs and moments that will last a lifetime for these fans.
As things began to calm down it was time for headliners Neck Deep to take to the stage, they’ve been touring non-stop since the release of the album last August and they certainly don’t leave any energy off the stage. Kicking their set off with Citizens of Earth before heading into Losing Teeth without the slightest pause of breathe, they certainly showed that they deserve every bit of praise they’ve received from this album. Front man Ben Barlow certainly knows how to entertain the crowd as he ran around on stage whipping the crowd into a frenzy. Many of this crowd had been queuing since the early morning and it didn’t matter to them, not one person stood still as they relayed word for word of every song on the set-list. With three songs left it was time for a breather as they slowed things down with fan favourite ‘A Part of Me’, Ben asked everyone to raise whatever lighting device they had and turned this packed venue into a choir as they sang in unison to this ballad. This song certainly got the loudest cheer of the night as it ended before moving onto their latest single Kali Ma and finishing the night off with Can’t Kick Up The Roots. It was safe to say Neck Deep had every person in the venue eating out the palm of their hands.