The times have changed, but every generation has their band of bad boys with James Dean slick hair, tattoos, and guitars slung over their shoulders that still makes the girls screech. The Neighbourhood just might be that band for this day and age.
The Newbury Park, CA group burst onto the scene just last year and was signed almost immediately by Columbia Records. The debut album ‘I Love You’ is a slow jam summer must have for any playlist. If you love the queen of California chill music, Lana Del Rey, but if you want a guy’s perspective then The Neighbourhood is your band. In fact, if you listen closely enough you can hear some samples that were used on Del Rey’s album.
Their first single ‘Sweater Weather’ is really chill. A sort of “roll down the convertible top and let the wind blow through your carefree hair” music. Actually, the entire album sounds this way, but ‘Sweater Weather’ is the best track to listen to if you want to get this bands vibe. The laid back group may fool you with their cool melodies, but their lyrics are hot and steamy. ‘One love, two mouths/ One love, one house/ No shirts, no blouse.’
‘How’, the first track off of the album, starts off quiet and slow and sets the tone for this sensational record. The voice of Jesse Rutherford, lead singer, is soulful and charming in a devilish way. Temping the listener to turn up the music louder to clearly hear his words and become washed over by cool experimental tones.
Other noteworthy tracks are ‘Everybody’s Watching Me (Uh Oh)’, ‘W.D.Y.W.F.M?’, and ‘Staying Up.’
So if you are looking for something new to jam out to this summer or just looking for some good vibes, this is your record. You can check out The Neighborhood when they play at The Social on June 11.