This Peace And The Panic track was written following the death of Neck Deep frontman Ben Barlow’s father, and sees him tell the extremely lovely story of his parents meeting, falling in love and starting a family together. But as we know, it’s not a tale with a happy ending, and Ben bravely plays the full narrative out here, in the most matter-of-fact way possible.
‘Nothing could save him from the ambulance that day, he went away, the heart attack was sharp, didn’t feel no pain,’ he sings of the day his father died. ‘If you saw him now what would you say? I love you and I miss you, I owe you everything.’
It’s raw, honest, and so unbelievably sad. Especially when Ben turns to the words to his mum, singing: ‘Oh mother, mother please don’t cry, ’cause you know I miss him too, I didn’t even say goodbye.’