[Exclusive] Interview with ‘The Neighbourhood’

If you haven’t heard the songs Female Robbery or Sweater Weather, then you probably haven’t discovered the addictive music of California-based band The Neighbourhood. Formed two years ago, the band is consisted of Jesse Rutherford on vocals, Jeremy Freedman and Zach Abels on guitars, Mike Margott on bass, and Bryan Sammis on drums. All working collectively to create the amazing sounds of “Dark Pop”. The Neighbourhood will be going on tour this summer to bring their incomparable music to willing listeners. But before that, drummer Bryan took some time to grant us an exclusive interview. 

Check out the music video for Female Robbery and continue below to discover awesomeness:

Who came up with the name of your band, and why The Neigbourhood

-Jesse thought of the name. We chose it because everyone comes from a neighbourhood no matter where you’re from.  We are also from the same neighbourhood (pretty much). The english spelling was taken so we added the u 

How would you describe your music? 

-Dark Pop. 


And in this ever changing music industry where does The Neighbourhood stand? How do you set yourselves apart from the rest? 

-We try our best to be a full package. We concentrate on everything. Its all important. The music, visuals, album art, videos, photography, etc…


 Who are some of your biggest musical influences? 

-Mobb Deep, Otis Redding, Led Zepellin, N’Sync, early 2000’s wwf wrestling, each other.


Tell us about your first EP, I’m Sorry, in regards to its overall concept. 

-It wasn’t necessarily a concept EP. It was the best songs we could write at that time. It was us putting ourselves out there for the world to see.


What’s up with the black and white themes portrayed in your videos, photos and album covers? What does that symbolize for the band artistically? 

-We do everything in black and white. It sets the stage for everything we do. It’s the platform for our music to be heard on. It’s a vibe. It’s us.


Is it safe to assume you’ll be carrying that theme over to every one of your releases as some sort of signature for The Neighbourhood? 

-That’s the plan.


I Love You. in my opinion is a brilliant first full length album. What inspired the songs? 

-What we had going on personally. Some of those songs were around since the time of the recording of the EP. We wanted these songs to represent The Neighbourhood for the world to see at that time.


If either of you could pick one favorite track what would they be and why? 

Afraid has been a personal favorite. I think it best embodies our band.


How has the band evolved since your formation till now? 

-We are constantly evolving. I think you can see it in the release we have, and will continue to us grow as people.


What do you hope listeners will take from your music?

-I hope people can experience what we experience when we write these songs. It’s such an amazing feeling we have when we create this content. We can only hope people can find a connection to it like we have.


What’s next for The Neighbourhood? 

– #000000 & #FFFFFF


Thank you for taking the time. Please leave a message to your fans or any aspiring musician out there? 

-I Love You.

And there you have it. For more information about The Neighbourhood visit their official sites and be sure to check them out on tour this summer.





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