Neck Deep All Distortions Are Intentional Tour (A Parent's Perspective) Show Review
If the Covid-19 pandemic taught us all one thing, it's that out of tragedy, isolation, and any other depressing adjective, great works of art can emerge like a phoenix from ashes which is what I can only describe as Neck Deep's 2020 album All Distortions Are Intentional. Following the release of the album the band, like many other artists, had planned for a tour in support of the release of the record which got pushed until late 2021.
The tour kicked off in early November with the support of Oxymorons, Boston Manor and Heart Attack Man already hitting major cities like Chicago IL, Cleveland OH, Orlando FL, and Toronto ON with the band recently announcing UK tour dates in early 2022.
Thursday, December 2nd, 2021. The All Distortions Are Intentional Tour rolled into the city of Pittsburgh, PA at Stage AE's concert venue. Stage AE is an amazing indoor/outdoor concert venue but giving that it's December and in Pennsylvania, the show was definitely inside for this one.
At around 6:00 PM the doors opened and the show kicked off with the opening act OXYMORONS who played an energetic set of music I can only describe as a fusion of pop-punk meets metal meets RnB meets hip-hop which I dub "hip-pop-punk". The band's set included an array of tracks from their latest 2021 EP "Mohawks & Drugs" including their latest single "Green Vision" from the record as well as "Definition" which featured Jason Aalon of Fever 333 during the studio recording.
After a brief intermission, Cleveland Ohio emo/ pop-punk band Heart Attack Man took the stage for an uninhibited set of songs kicking things off with the track "Sugar Coated", then diving into songs "Low Hanging Fruit" and "Out For Blood" all tracks from their 2019 breakthrough album "Fake Blood." After some quick crowd banter Heart Attack Man played a new single "Old Enough 2 Die" before asking fans if they've heard their latest EP "Thoughtz & Prayers" yet, a record that singer/frontman Eric Egan said that he's extremely proud of. He told fans that he's starting a new "dance" called "The Leap Year" to which he demonstrated how that went and asked fans to dance accordingly to their next song which is appropriately named "Leap Year" a song which has quickly gone viral on TikTok in the recent weeks. Heart Attack Man followed up with another track "Pitch Black" from their latest EP and closed out the set with tracks "Cut My Losses" and "Fake Blood" from their 2019 LP.
After another brief intermission, fans eagerly awaited what some would argue would be their equally favorite band of the night, the Blackpool Lancashire lads from across the pond Boston Manor took the stage ripping into track Flowers in Your Dustbin, to an eruptive crowd who responded with crowd surfing and moshing from the first chord of