by Leslie Quan
“Cause it’s too cold whoa, for you here, and now, so let me hold, both your hands in the holes of my sweater.” You have probably recognized these lyrics from the popular radio song “Sweater Weather” and know every single word to the song. Although you may only be familiar with that song, be prepared to learn a whole new list of songs written by The Neighbourhood that will make you say, “WHY DOESN’T THE RADIO PLAY THESE SONGS!?”
Once I heard “Sweater Weather” on the radio I instantly wanted to learn more about The Neighbourhood. Just like every other fangirl, I familiarized myself with the name of all the band members, similar to directioners. The lead singer is Jesse Rutherford (also known as Je$$e), guitarists Zach Abels and Jeremy Freedman, Bassist Mikey Margott and drummer Brandon Fried. While I furthered my curiosity in this band, I searched up on YouTube, interviews of them and I learned that they write all their music together and was formed in August 2011 in California. Also, Jesse Rutherford creates all of the album work for their songs and EPs, such as Sweater Weather, West Coast, $ting, Thank You, I’m Sorry, Lurk, The Love Collection and many others. In one YouTube video, Jesse revealed that whenever he thinks of an idea for a song he types it in his notes on his iPhone. I, myself, also write a few songs and I use this method as well, hopefully I can be an iconic face of music one day. Well back to The Neighbourhood, you should continue reading for more music by them.
The Neighbourhood is a mix atmospheric indie rock band. In 2012, they released the EP I’m Sorry featuring singles such as “Sweater Weather” and “Female Robbery.” In 2013 they released a two-song EP, Thank You, as a prelude to their debut album I Love You that was released the same year. As The Neighbourhood gained fame, their fans named themselves “hoodlums” partially because Jesse made a beanie that said “hoodlum” and it just caught on with their fans. Their album I Love You includes 11 atmospheric rock tracks. A few of my favorites are “Flawless” that talks about a perfect girl. “How” starts off as quiet background music and quickly questions God’s existence. Do you swim or do you “Float”? asks The Neighbourhood. Whether you have dreams or nightmares, you should take a listen to “Staying Up.” Being “Afraid” is one thing that Jesse can really write lyrics and relate to. But don’t tell anyone about The Neighbourhood’s “Female Robbery.” Other songs on the I Love You Album include “Everybody’s Watching Me (Uh Oh)”, “Sweater Weather”, “Let It Go” (and no we are not talking about Adina Menzel), “Alleyways” and “W.D.Y.W.F.M” (if you didn’t know, that is short for what do you want from me). If you are interested in these songs you can listen to them for free at: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/the-neighbourhood-reach-for-the-stratosphere-on-i-love-you-album-premiere-20130416.
Last year The Neighbourhood released a mixtape called, #000000 & #FFFFFF, which translates to white and black. On this mixtape there are beats and songs that include one of my favorite songs T$RL and Jealousy, featuring Casey Veggies and 100s. If you are interested in this mixtape, you can listen for free at: http://www.livemixtapes.com/mixtapes/27544/the-nbhd-000000-ffffff.html. A few of The Neighbourhood’s singles include Baby Came Home, $ting, West Coast and Wires. The soundtrack of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” includes a song by The Neighbourhood called “Honest.” Honestly, I love this song because it really reaches the deep part of you and for me, this song is on repeat 24/7.
Now that I think of it, I did not start to look up The Neighbourhood because I listened to “Sweater Weather” but because I heard a lot of their songs on Pandora (yes the music station and no, not the goddess). However, I hope you will check out the songs from The Neighbourhood, and watch all their music videos on YouTube, because that is what I may or may not have done over winter break. If you like finding meaning in life and yourself and rock your head to an awesome drumbeat, The Neighbourhood is waiting for you through your headphones. So if you become addicted to The Neighbourhood, no need to thank me, just enjoy and maybe even check out their website: http://thenbhd.com/us/.