By Adam Deane
VANCOUVER – Every once in awhile you come across a band that slithers into your headphones and projects an alternate vision of reality for a day. Los Angeles-based band The Neighbourhood happens to be one that can do just this with their atmospheric, sensitive and soul-encompassing sound that trancends all corners of a city, reminding you there is love in the world.
BeatRoute caught bassist Mikey Margott at his favourite sandwich spot and trapped him down for a few minutes on the day of The Neighbourhood’s new self-titled sophomore album release.
The conversation started on an incredibly light note with Soulja Boy’s “Kiss Me Through The Phone” being the MOH while waiting for the publicist to patch through the call. And just like Soulja Boy, The Neighbourhood boast millions of monthly listeners on Spotify, currently sitting around the 5 million mark at 406th in the world.
Margott and the band moved into the production of their new album with a well-deserved confidence that has taken five years to build. With the release of two EPs, Hard and To Imagine in the last six months, they’ve been meshing the familiar sounds that created their name with a new synthetic vibe, which at times combines violin, autotuned clips of frontman Jesse Rutherford’s vocals, and chimes over boombastic hip-hop-esque beats.
On top of the tracks that had been pre-released, their single “Too Serious” was what Margott called a new fan-favorite with a complete string-arrangement being utilized as another leap into unexplored territory for the band. As if that weren’t enough, they scooped Tommy Wiseau to play a futuristic bounty hunter of sorts in their 80’s inspired video for the hit-track “Scary Love.”
“He was a total sweetheart. You always have your expectations of how much ego is going to come into play, and he was just totally down to work, never complained.”
When asked what’s ahead for Margott and the band, he illustrated that the band will always be priority number one, though we can expect more from Margott and possibly other members of the band on an individual level.
“For me, I think it’s really important to do side projects. As much as The Neighbourhood is equally as much my baby as it is everyone else’s, we are a true band and it’s not run by one person. We all work together. As beautiful as that is, it doesn’t allow me to get my own artistic craft completely out by myself. Within the next two years, there will be a side project coming out.”
The Neighbourhood perform at the Vogue Theatre on April 10