Interview: The Neighbourhood

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The Neighbourhood is an alternative rock band from California who seems to be on everyone’s “watch list” this year. The band formed in 2011 with vocalist Jesse Rutherford, guitarists Jeremy Freedman and Zach Abels, bassist Mikey Margott, and drummer Bryan Sammis.

Now in 2013, the band’s single, “Sweater Weather,” has been dominating the charts and even reached #1 on Billboard’s alternative charts. You may have seen The Neighbourhood performing at a variety of music festivals this year, such as Coachella and SXSW.  Their debut album, I Love You., which was released April 23, has done very well and debuted at #39 on the Billboard Charts, as well.

The Neighbourhood has two prior releases, I’m Sorry… and Thank You,.  You can find all of their music on iTunes here.

We had the opportunity to catch up with drummer Bryan Sammis and discuss the band’s success, their vision, and their current tour with The 1975, Lovelife, and JMSN.

Read what he had to say below and be sure to stay up to date by “liking” The Neighbourhood on Facebook!

First, we’d like to congratulate you on all your success this year! Your single “Sweater Weather” has been heard and played across the world and has catapulted you to mainstream success. Why do you think “Sweater Weather” caught so much attention?

Thank you.  I think it’s a catchy song that is unique & different than what is coming out from a lot of popular music today.

Your debut album, “I Love You.,” was just released a couple months ago. What was the writing and recording process like for this album and how did it differ from your past releases?

We added myself and Mikey to the team for the record & we added Emile Haynie to the team for this release.

There seems to be a connection between your albums, “I’m Sorry…,” “Thank You,” and “I Love You.” How did these titles come about, and what are the albums’ overall themes?

It’s a series about how these important sayings have come to mean less and less with the over use of these words.

You also play with the theme of “black and white” a lot, whether it’s in your album artwork or music videos. What does the concept of black and white mean to you?

It is us. It sets the perfect stage for our music to be heard on.

The band has been very busy lately, performing several festivals like Coachella and SXSW. What was it like performing at these large festivals and what was your favorite moment?

Coachella was amazing. It was always a goal since day one to play that festival.

Now you’re on tour with The 1975, Lovelife, and JMSN. What has the tour been like so far and what’s your favorite song to perform live?

It’s been great. Best tour we’ve done so far, all great bands & people. “Afraid” is my favorite to perform live.

Speaking of Lovelife, you both performed at last year’s CMJ Music Marathon. Is that how you met? What has it been like touring with them?

We met them in NY when we were recording our album; they are some of our best friends. They are great friends/musicians.

After this tour finishes up, you’ll be opening for Imagine Dragons starting in July. How did that collaboration come about and what does this opportunity mean to you?

We met them at weenie roast and they are great guys. It should be a fun tour.

What are your plans after the Imagine Dragons tour? Do you plan on touring more or have you started working on the next album?

Both. The new music we are writing we are super pumped about. We will be touring until the end of time, though.

Anything else you would like to add?

Thanks for listening.


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