Infamous Newbury Park, California indie-pop act The Neighbourhood has recently released their sophomore studio album Wiped Out roughly two years since they rose to prominence amongst the pop-culture conscious crowds of 2013 with their hit single “Sweater Weather.”
Their tattooed, urban California style has not changed drastically, but continues to mix urban pop and alternative rock songs with R&B and hip hop vibes. With close to one million Facebook followers, I think it’s safe to say that this band has officially broke into the mainstream.
While the album provides for professional production with good sonic quality and tone, It seemed to struggle to break out at any one point. It almost felt like it was trying too hard to please a certain demographic rather than letting creative freedom reign. Their style is contrived and marketed to the culturally engineered socialites of a pathetically shallow generation; expect to hear these songs on the radio. However, I will admit that their particular fusion style is not easy to pull off authentically. Overall, Wiped Out showed good progression and the hopes for another “Sweater Weather” are still alive. Check out songs “Prey” and “R.I.P. to my youth” for a good idea of what it’s all about.
The Neighbourhood will be on tour throughout Europe in the spring, with American Festival appearances in May and June. Check them out if you can stomach the crowd full of tattoos, vans and $300 pairs of ripped jeans.