Honestly, it’s “Hard” not to scream every time Jesse Rutherford’s voice graces my ears. My old The Neighbourhood is back, and after an unnecessarily long wait, I can say it was worth it.
Hello, yes, hi, what is up. On Sept. 22 I had a surprise eargasm, not to get graphic. As a self-proclaimed world’s biggest Hoodlum, the California indie band’s Planet X style EP release was unexpected, but drop-dead needed. I wasn’t prepared for so much awesomeness.
The band’s sophomore album “Wiped Out!” was released in October of 2015, and it was the last time they ever discussed new tracks up until the last month or two when they teased snippets on their Instagram story. The teasing was torturous, but now having my hands on this angst, psychedelic, hip-hop dream, it can be determined it was all for good reason.
Not comparable to every album and EP, this five-piece EP doesn’t have a direct story, but similar to every other release, every song is crafted to form a melody of frontman Jesse Rutherford’s life; his literal high life if you catch my drift. I’m not joking, I think he’s hardly sober. Hey, I can’t complain though because it makes for some killer tunes.
Back on track, the first song “Roll Call” is not like anything they have put out before. I’m not trying to sound cliche, it has pieces that remind me of past tracks, but it’s most definitely has its own personality; its own mood.
There’s a smooth transition from the ending of “Roll Call” into my favorite, “You Get Me So High.” Surprise, it’s not about smoking (entirely), but actually about his fairytale-like relationship with his girlfriend, (and I hope soon fiancee), Devon Lee Carlson. The line “you get me so high” refers to the euphoric state he’s in every time she’s around and it is freaking adorable.
The rather sultry tones and beats of the first two tracks are slight, slightly, lightened up by “Noise.” With more of their Los Angeles beach waves coming into the tide on “Noise,” “24/7,” and “Sadderdaze,” the EP concludes on a more dreamlike state almost like lucid dreaming, but with only scarce keys of trippiness.
Please go to Spotify or Apple Music and give this a listen. I love it from a very unbiased standpoint. My babies are back and I’m stoked for what’s coming next. I’m thrilled the world didn’t end, and if the aliens still want to come, wait until The Neighbourhood’s third studio album is out.