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A pop punk band straight out of the ex-mining town of Wrexham, North Wales, Neck Deep started off as a bedroom project before moving to a rehearsal studio and finally a stage. Catchy, insistent and memorable, their music is box fresh whilst bringing to mind the more vintage sounds of established pop punk bands like Alkaline Trio, Blink-182, and New Found Glory.
Fil Thorpe-Evans has been playing bass for years, feeding himself on a diet of Mike Dirnt and Mark Hoppus while growing up. It comes through in his playing, too - melodic, punchy, and at all times serving the song.
Who were your musical heroes when you were first starting out on bass?
“Bands like Green Day and Blink-182 were defo the reason I got into music the way I did. But Blink were more the reason I got into the style of music I play, and Mark Hoppus was one of the first bass players who was a real inspiration to me. I played guitar before I played bass but he was one of the people who made me realise bass is awesome and isn't just the instrument some nerd at the back of the stage plays.”
Why choose bass guitar - what's so appealing about it?
“I mean, in reality, I play a few musical instruments. I ended up playing bass in the band because that was the gap that needed filling, but I do love it and would choose it over guitar every time now.”
What gear are you currently using?
“I use a Fender Jazz Modern Player bass, and an Orange AD200 MK 3 head with an Orange 8x10 cab. Plus a Sans Amp Bass Driver pedal.”
You're gathering quite a fan base already. What has been your highlight of being in Neck Deep so far?
“I think just the opportunity to travel. I've always wanted to tour and travel, and we've been lucky enough to go to America, Australia, and Europe, which is amazing”
Finally, which Neck Deep bass line are you most proud of?
“Losing Teeth has some awesome bass licks in there that I'm pretty proud of. Also Growing Pains has a pretty tasty bass line, too.”
Neck Deep's debut album, Wishful Thinking, is out now on Hopeless Records.