Upon releasing their third studio album The Peace and the Panic, UK-based pop-punk band Neck Deep announced they would be touring the United States with Seaway, Speak Low If You Speak Love, and Creeper. Two weeks into the tour, the band stopped in Baltimore, MD to play a show at Rams Head Live! on January 31 to a crowd of eager and excited fans.
The show opened with Speak Low If You Speak Love, the solo project of State Champ’s bassist/backing vocalist Ryan Scott Graham. Having just released his second studio album Nearsighted the second day of tour, Graham was energetic. Although many of the songs from Speak Low are slower and more acoustic based, the excitement from the crowd was imminent.
Next on stage was UK-based rock band Creeper, who opened with fan-favorite “Hiding with Boys”. At this point in the night, the crowd was really getting hyped up with Creeper’s lead singer commanding the crowd to open up the first circle pit of the evening. The heavy lead guitars and catchy choruses Creeper delivered had the entire crowd jumping around to their songs.
Seaway took the stage right before Neck Deep. Most of the crowd knew almost all of Seaway’s songs, causing many crowd surfers to come tumbling to the front of the crowd. Seaway’s set had a very fun and summery vibe to it, with the lead singer dressed in a Hawaiian shirt and sunglasses.
By the time Neck Deep was preparing to make their entrance, the crowd was getting antsy. Opening with “Happy Judgement Day”, the first single released from The Peace and the Panic, everyone in the room was singing along and smiling to the pessimistic but more-than-accurate lyrics. At several points during their set, the band brought out their fellow tour-mates out on stage to perform songs with them. Closing their set with “A Part of Me” with Hannah Greenwood of Creeper, just about every person in the crowd screamed every word to Neck Deep’s most iconic song. The set was the perfect mixture of new and old songs, and I certainly left the show satisfied with what I had heard.