Neck Deep: Diving Deeper

(Image credit: Steve Gullick)

At some point on the road down which every pop-punker travels, there comes a critical intersection: keep kickin’ it up with punk jumps and powerchords, or explore some more cultured, less preteen-friendly corners of the rock genre. 

For the English riff-splitters in Neck Deep, it would’ve been a smart choice to stay cruising down the lane of least resistance – they blew up in the mid-2010s for reinvigorating the kind of loveably dorky 4/4 looseness that defines the pop-punk genre, and fans would happily have lept at a fourth collection of it. 

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…