If you were to ask the younger generation of Pop Punk fans which bands they are currently listening to, there’s a very high chance that a most of them would list Neck Deep and State Champs somewhere along their lists. Both bands have been recently taking the world by storm, and to the delight of many, they have teamed up to co-headline on a World Tour. Multiple dates of their tour sold out fairly quickly – including their Toronto show at the Opera House.
State Champs were up first, and you could tell everyone was really eager for their set. As soon as the lights dimmed all of the fans pushed forward in an already over filled room, just to try and get a better glimpse of the stage. When the band finally appeared, it was automatic chaos as fans sang along to songs such as ‘Eyes Closed’, ‘Losing Myself’ and ‘Perfect Score’.
Neck Deep was the last to go on, and they were the perfect way to end the night. Their electric set kept the energy level high, as the band bounced around the stage while performing a great mix of songs, which included some old favourites such as ‘Losing Teeth’ and ‘Crushing Grief’. Fans were also treated to songs off of their new album ‘Life’s Not Out To Get You’, which came out in August. It was great to finally hear songs like ‘Lime St’, ‘Serpent’ & ‘Kali Ma’ live. You could see the sheer excitement on the fans faces as they belted back the lyrics to the band. Through out the whole set, it was evident that everyone was having a good time from the constant crowd surfing, moshing and singing along. It was chaotic, but in a good way. You’d think after standing in line all day that the crowd might have lost some of their energy, but that was not the case. In fact, it felt as if they cranked it up a little bit more. As the night came to a close, Neck Deep ended the night with ‘Can’t Kick Up The Roots’, which was the lead single off of their new album.
It’s evident to see why both bands are a hit amongst the Pop Punk world. Between their upbeat music and their incredible stage presence, it’s an instant formula for a great time – even if Pop Punk isn’t really your thing.