New music, new me

The Neighbourhood’s album release rocks SHS’ world


Anne Marsh

ROCK ON. Alternative Californian band The Neighbourhood released their new self-titled album on March 9. Their new sound, inspired by new genres such as hip hop, will attract new listeners. A mix of chill songs and dance songs are perfect for upcoming summer days.

Indie rock band The Neighbourhood was first recognized for their hit “Sweater Weather,” which reached number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart in June 2013.

The catchy song was the background to everyone’s junior high lives as they logged onto Tumblr, remaining for 11 non-consecutive weeks at the top of the chart.

Now, the group has released its newest self-titled album on March 9.

Lead vocalist Jesse Rutherford pulls from his roots in electronic and hip hop, featuring “#Icanteven” in collaboration with rapper French Montana.

The sound of the California-based band has evolved since its Tumblr years with the influences of diverse genres, and more than a few of their new songs will be heard blasting from car windows on summer days.

Tracks like “Scary Love” have darker nuances as synths thrum over Rutherford singing: “Your love is scaring me / No one has ever cared for me as much as you do.”

The psychedelic music video accompanying the track features actor and filmmaker Tommy Wiseau, who produced, directed, and starred in the 2003 film “The Room,” which has been called “the worst film ever made.”

Ironically, the movie has reached cult-status and even inspired the 2017 film “The Disaster Artist” produced and directed by James Franco.

Inviting outside artists such as Montana and Wiseau has increased the hype around the album’s release.

“The Neighbourhood has grown a lot as a band, and I really enjoy a lot of their new tracks. I have fond memories with their old songs and hope to create even more along with their new ones,” said Kiri Wang, 12.