ImageHere is another up-and-coming indie/hip-hop influenced band that has started to hit the top of the charts.

“The Neighbourhood” is an American, California-based alternative rock band that formed in August 2011.  The band is made up of vocalist Jesse Rutherford, guitarist Jeremy Freedman and Zach Abels, bassist Mikey Margott and drummer Bryan Sammis.  After releasing two EPs, “I’m Sorry …” and “Thank You”, “The Neighbourhood” released their first full-length album, “I Love You”, on April 23, 2013, via Columbia Records.

“The Neighbourhood” formed in Los Angeles in 2011.  In 2012, they released an EP titled “I’m Sorry …”, which featured two hit singles, “Sweater Weather”, and “Female Robbery”.  In 2013, they delivered the two song EP “Thank You” as a prelude to their debut album “I Love You” which was released in 2013.

“The Neighbourhood” can best be described as a genre crossing outfit that mixes atmospheric indie rock, electronica and hip-hop beats with melodic R&B-inflected vocals.

Their songs are all very relaxed and laid-back yet the lyrics are precise and deeply emotional and catchy.  Rutherford’s lyrics describe growing up, relationships, and what life is like for someone growing up in L.A.

Their biggest hit is “Sweater Weather”, and for good reason.  It is one of the most laid-back, catchy songs I have heard in a long time.  I recommend picking up their album and listening to their songs I have posted below.